Elizabeth M. Prather, Sheila Van Ausdal Breecher, Marimyn Lee Stafford, and Elizabeth Matthews Wallace
The STAL is a quick and convenient way to screen large numbers of junior and senior high school students. Individually administered and scored in just 7 minutes and requiring no special materials or expertise, the STAL is particularly well suited to public school settings. The test quickly identifies students whose linguistic skills deviate from the norm enough to warrant further testing. One of the few language screeners available for older students, STAL measures both receptive and expressive language. It includes 23 items divided among four subtests:
- Vocabulary -word finding and retrieval skills, substitution of a synonym in a grammatically correct form.
- Auditory Memory Span - repetition of a sentence in its original syntactical form.
- Language Processing - understanding sentences and identifying absurdities contained in them.
- Proverb Explanation - understanding and interpreting proverbs.
Unambiguous cut-off scores tell you whether the student needs further testing.
Comprehensive yet brief, easy to administer and interpret, STAL is an ideal way to screen for language disorders in students ages 11 to 18 years.
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