BESA: Inventory to Assess Language Knowledge (ITALK)

Authors: Elizabeth D. Pea Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Vera F. Gutirrez-Clellen Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Aquiles Iglesias Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Brian A. Goldstein Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Lisa M. Bedore Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Format: Paper forms, 8 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781681252858
Price: $35.00

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BESA at-a-glance


Sold in a package of 20, these ITALK forms are part of the Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment (BESA), a language assessment for use with children ages 4 through 6 years who have varying degrees of bilingualism. Completed by the examiner as a parent and teacher interview, the 10-minute ITALK addresses relative use of a child's two languages and five areas of speech and language development (vocabulary, grammar, sentence production, comprehension, and phonology) in both Spanish and English. Parents and teachers identify the child's perceived level of performance in each language, and the ITALK provides a helpful summary of parent and teacher concerns that can be used to guide target areas of assessment. Results of the ITALK can be used to interpret diagnostic results from BESA or other speech and language tests.


A valid and reliable assessment that specifically responds to the needs of young Spanish-English bilingual children, BESA was developed to:

  • identify phonological and/or language impairment in bilingual children and English language learners using a standardized protocol
  • differentiate between a delay in English language acquisition and a true language disorder
  • document children's speech and language strengths and needs
  • monitor children's progress in both languages and use the information to make decisions about intervention

Through a combination of subtests for students and surveys for teachers and parents, BESA reveals the big picture of a young bilingual child's language development. Learn more about BESA here.

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