Introducing the Ivorian Children’s Language Assessment Toolkit
Children in rural communities in Ivory Coast begin learning French at school, however French is often not their first language or the language of their community. The use of the local language as a language of instruction in school has been found to have advantages for children’s educational outcomes, especially in reading. More research is needed to better understand how children learn in both the local language and French. However, there is a lack of research tools available to evaluate children’s linguistic abilities in their first language. We present “The Ivorian Children’s Language Assessment Toolkit”, a new oral language assessment that can be used by educators and researchers to evaluate primary school children’s language abilities in four languages found in Ivory Coast: Abidji, Attié (Akie), Baoulé, and Bété.
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