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Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language (CASL)

The Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language (CASL; Carrow-Woolfolk, 1999) is an individually administered oral language assessment battery for individuals ages 3 through 21.

Overview

The CASL provides an in-depth evaluation of the oral language processing systems of auditory comprehension, oral expression, and word retrieval; the knowledge and use of words and grammatical structures of language; the ability to use language for special tasks requiring higher-level cognitive functions; and the knowledge and use of language in communicative contexts. Specifically, the battery is designed to measure the processes of comprehension, expression, and retrieval in four language categories:

  • Lexical/semantic skills: knowledge and use of words and word combinations. Tests include Basic Concepts, Antonyms, Synonyms, Sentence Completion, and Idiomatic Language
  • Syntax skills: knowledge and use of grammar (morphology and syntax). Tests include Syntax Construction, Paragraph Comprehension, Grammatical Morphemes, Sentence Comprehension, and Grammaticality Judgment
  • Supralinguistic skills: comprehension of complex language whose meaning is not directly available from lexical or grammatical information. Tests include Nonliteral Language, Meaning from Context, Inference, and Ambiguous Sentences
  • Pragmatic language skills: awareness of appropriate language in a situational context and the ability to modify this language as necessary

Summary

Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language (CASL) Carrow-Wolfolk (1999) 3-21

Individually administered, norm-referenced assessment of global language skills

Yields standardized scores and percentile ranks, age equivalents, and core composite scores in the areas of lexical/semantic, syntactic, supralinguistic, receptive and expressive; Includes two record forms (ages 3–6 and 7–21)

30-45 min.

Basic Concepts, Antonyms, Synonyms, Sentence Completion, Idiomatic Language, Syntax Construction, Paragraph Comprehension, Grammatical Morphemes, Sentence Comprehension, Grammaticality, Judgment, Nonliteral Language, Meaning from Context, Inference, Ambiguous Sentences, and awareness of appropriate language in a situational context and the ability to modify this language as necessary

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