Self-assessment of linguistic skills by bilingual hispanics

Pedro Delgado, Gabriela Guerrero, Judith P. Goggin, Barbara B. Ellis

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This study examines the ability of bilinguals to judge their linguistic competence. Participants evaluated their Spanish and English language skills both before and after administration of the Woodcock-Muñoz Language Survey, which provided an objective measure of these skills. Self-assessments were more accurate for Spanish than for English and, in the case of English, varied with the skill being rated. Feedback from the objective test improved self-rating accuracy more for Spanish than for English. There was little support for the conclusion that the language in which the self-assessments are presented influences bilinguals' self-ratings of their linguistic skills. Implications for the use of self-assessments in applied situations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-45
Number of pages15
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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