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The Effects of Language Intervention on Children’s Narrative Abilities

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  • Narratives are an important part of language that is incorporated into our everyday lives. Not only do narratives predict future success in school, but they also have a large impact on our social interactions. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a classroom-based language intervention program on narrative abilities. Participants included 27 Kindergarten and Grade 1 students from First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) communities. The language intervention targeted phonological awareness, mean length of utterance (MLU), and narrative development. The Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument (ENNI) was administered both pre- and post-intervention to measure story grammar units and MLU. A paired samples t test was used to analyze pre- and post-test data (changes in use of story grammar units and increase in MLU) from the study. The results of the current research found that both MLU and story grammar units increased in a narrative task from pre-treatment to post-treatment samples. Our findings were consistent with previous research that found that language intervention is effective in increasing narrative abilities as measured by story grammar and MLU.

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