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Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, Fifth Edition Metalinguistics (CELF-5 Metalinguistics)

Elisabeth H. Wiig, Wayne A. Secord

Assessment to measure higher-level language skills

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Qualification level: B

Year: 2014

Administration time: Approximately 45 minutes for the Total Metalinguistics Score

Administration type: Individual

A revision of the Test of Language Competence-Expanded, the CELF-5 Metalinguistics assessment includes four tests of higher-level language skills that are embedded in upper-grade curricula and are critical to classroom success. Use it to measure a student’s ability to think about and use language to make inferences, manipulate conversational speech given a context, use words in multiple ways, and use language in a non-literal manner.


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Content & Administration

Administer the four tests individually or as a battery to obtain information about an individual’s language skills in:

  • Making Inferences
  • Conversation Skills
  • Multiple Meanings
  • Figurative Language

Features and Benefits

  • Ideal for students with subtle language disorders or those on the autism spectrum
  • Goes beyond assessment of syntax and semantics to assess student’s language strategies and language flexibility
  • Includes several tests that assess the student’s ability to interpret contextual and situational demands of conversation
  • Helps you evaluate delays in semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic competence

Examples of stimuli from the Conversation Skills Test


The Metalinguistic Bridge: Paying the Toll for Classroom Success

This webinar will provide a strong background on metalinguistic ability including (1) metalinguistic awareness, (2) stages of development, (3) performance difficulties and needs, and (4) strategies for improving metalinguistic skills and strategies. 
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Using the CELF-5 Metalinguistics Battery to Assess Higher Level Language Skills for Classroom Success
Students who have learned basic semantic and grammar skills may still have subtle language deficits which interfere with their ability to keep up with classroom peers. 
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CELF-5 Metalinguistics: Language Competence and Classroom Success

This session will provide an overview of metalinguistic awareness, stages of development, and its impact on every-day classroom performance. Information about improving students’ metalinguistic skills and strategies will be presented using two case studies that utilise the use and interpretation of the CELF-5 Test of Metalinguistics (Wiig and Secord, 2014) to assess metalinguistic competence, and practical classroom-based assessment strategies to accurately describe the everyday things students struggle do, say, make and use in the school curriculum. Participants who attend this program will leave with new perspectives on clinical and educational assessment as well as with practical strategies they can put to use right away.

Watch the recording: http://downloads.pearsonclinical.com/videos/092216-CELF5-Meta/CELF-5-Metalinguistics-Language-Competence-and-Classroom-Success.mp4



The Importance of Being Meta!

This program will provide an overview of the CELF-5 Test of Metalinguistics (Wiig & Secord, 2014). This new assessment instrument is designed to identify students 9-21 years old who have not acquired the expected levels of metalinguistic ability for their age.

Watch the recording: http://downloads.pearsonclinical.com/videos/meta-91815/The-Importance-of-Being-Meta-9182015.mp4