Charles Hulme, University of Oxford
Oral language skills are a critical foundation for the development of literacy skills and for formal education more broadly. Our group is engaged in developing language interventions and language assessment tools. Online App based assessments hold huge promise for allowing class teachers to identify children with poor language skills who would benefit from targeted language interventions. Such tools can also potentially help teachers to understand more about the nature and prevalence of oral language difficulties. I will describe a system that we are currently developing (ATLAS- Automated Testing of LAnguage Skills). Children with poor language skills require suitable educational interventions. To date there is limited evidence that computerised remediation programmes work (I will describe one that doesn’t). An important issue is the extent to which effective child friendly tools can be developed to improve the delivery of language and other educational interventions.