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Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Mental health professionals often describe the challenges experienced with assessing culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children and adolescents. Based on research evidence, Dr. Esther Geva debunks the myths which guide the conceptual foundation of assessment for these children. Dr. Geva then briefly discusses the issues pertaining to the administration and interpretation of informal tasks designed to assess oral language, literacy, and cognitive skills. This also includes a discussion surrounding culture and acculturation and the communication of results of an assessment. A case study is used to illustrate the diagnostic process.

Hear our esteemed speaker address these topics and more within our webinar held on August 30, 2021.

  • Dr. Esther Geva – Registered Psychologist & Full Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. 

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain a conceptual understanding of the research on language and literacy development in at-risk second language (L2) learners, and of cultural factors affecting communication with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children, adolescents, and families.
  • Learn about specific methods for assessing CLD children and adolescents.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills involved in formulating diagnoses in relation to CLD children and adolescents with language, learning and social emotional difficulties.
  • Obtain knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively with the families of CLD children and adolescents with language, learning and social emotional difficulties.

This session includes a lecture from the speaker and a question and answer session with participants in the original Zoom presentation.

This event is hosted in partnership between Build Great Teams and the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta.

       

Presenter information

Dr. Esther Geva

Dr. Esther Geva is a Registered Psychologist & Full Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research interests include the development of literacy skills in children learning to read in a second language (L2); the relations between oral and written language skills in L2 learners; transfer issues in L2 literacy development; cognitive and linguistic processes and predictors of normal and problematic literacy development in L2 children, and selected topics in cross-cultural psychology pertaining to children’s well-being such as parental attribution and concepts of wellness. In applied practice, Dr. Geva is interested in community-based approaches to prevention and intervention in minority groups, and options in assessment and intervention for ELL and other L2 learners.

Dr. Esther Geva