Naturalistic Language Assessment of LEP Students in Classroom Interactions Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study was to assess language competence of second language learners through observing natural interactions in transitional bilingual classrooms. We first developed an instrument in accordance with current second language acquisition theory, and obtained inter-rater reliability on observation categories. We then piloted the instrument in six Grade 5 bilingual classrooms, targeting the social language of 24 individual students. Each student was observed for a total of 12 hours, during twenty-four 30-minute sessions, over a four-week period. Resulting data were examined for measurement stability over time, criterion-related validity, and construct validity evidence (through item clustering). We also discuss the efficiency and utility of the overall naturalistic language observation procedure. 1996 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Bilingual Research Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Gomez, L., Parker, R., Lara-Alecio, R., Ochoa, S. H., & Gomez, R.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Gomez, Leo||Parker, Richard||Lara-Alecio, Rafael||Ochoa, Salvador Hector||Gomez, Richard

publication date

  • January 1996