ERIC Number: EJ1097841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Clinical Impact of Wordless Picture Storybooks on Bilingual Narrative Language Production: A Comparison of the "Frog" Stories
Heilmann, John J.; Rojas, Raúl; Iglesias, Aquiles; Miller, Jon F.
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, v51 n3 p339-345 May 2016
Background: Language sampling, recognized as a gold standard for expressive language assessment, is often elicited using wordless picture storybooks. A series of wordless storybooks, commonly referred to as "Frog" stories, have been frequently used in language-based research with children from around the globe. Aims: To examine the impact that differences in stories have on narrative output by comparing narrative productions across a series of five storybooks produced by 831 bilingual (Spanish-English) children in kindergarten through third grade. Methods & Procedures: Each participant produced oral narratives using one of the five Frog storybooks in both English and Spanish. The narratives were recorded, transcribed and coded for a variety of measures of language production. Outcomes & Results: Negligible differences were observed in language measures when comparing groups of children who told different stories, with the exception of lexical diversity. Conclusions & Implications: The implications of using different storybooks to elicit narrative language samples from children are discussed from the perspectives of research and clinical practice.
Descriptors: Picture Books, Story Telling, Story Reading, Comparative Analysis, Personal Narratives, Bilingualism, Spanish, English, Language Acquisition, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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