CHESL Centre

Child English as a Second Language Resource Centre

The CHESL Centre is the outcome of a research program designed to compile resources to assist clinicians and educators in assessing the language development of children learning English as a second language.

We measured ESL children's language performance using standardized language tests, narrative language samples, and parent questionnaires. This data was used to develop CHESL resources that provide information on the oral language skills of ESL children during their first three years learning English in a preschool or primary school classroom.

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Johanne Paradis
Department of Linguistics

Phyllis Schneider
Communication Sciences and Disorders


Thanks to the student assistants in the Language Acquisition Lab whose hard work and dedication made this project possible: Alisha Brown, Kyla Coole, Kristyn Emmerzael, Farzaneh Foroodi-Nejad, Ruiting Jia, Karen Kiddell, Katryna Lysay, Dorothy Pinto, Tamara Sorenson Duncan, James Watson-Gaze, Emily Yiu, and Tatiana Zdorenko.

Research for the CHESL Centre was supported with funds from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research), the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Special thanks to the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative (Edmonton), Edmonton Public School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board for their assistance with recruiting families.