ELO-L: A Norm-Referenced Language Screening Test for 3 to 8 Year-Old Lebanese Children

Racha Zebib, Guillemette Henry, Camille Messarra, Edith Kouba Hreich, Abdelhamid Khomsi

Abstract


The ELO-L is the first norm-referenced language-screening test in Lebanon. It is an adaptation of the ELO, a French language-screening test. The ELO-L was normed on 1,718 children aged between three and eight years and divided into eight age groups with a minimum of 100 participants in each group. It is composed of five subtests targeting receptive vocabulary, expressive vocabulary, sentence comprehension, sentence production and expressive phonology. We explain how the test was adapted for Lebanese, and present the subtests, the scoring method and the normative sample. We furthermore give the first validation results, reporting on developmental sensitivity, reliability, concurrent validity and diagnostic accuracy.


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Lebanese Arabic; Language Assessment; Psychometric Testing

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