University of Edinburgh

Assessment of Comprehension and Expression (ACE) for deaf pupils

Presented on 26 April 2012

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 25
Number of Respondents: 21

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

In connection with speech therapist and support staff of hearing impaired (unit).
Slowly, with colleagues.
Have a more holistic understanding of language development and what to assess and work for.
Prompt me to buy resource.
Encourage Local Authority (LA) to purchase as very useful assessment. (2)
Share with staff (2) - look at incorporating this assessment for pupils on our register.
Assess pupils' language.
I will administer the assessment to all of my outreach children (once the pack has been purchased for the Service).
I've learned that I have a lot to learn about teaching the hearing impaired (HI). I've developed a better understanding of language development for HI children.
Will use this as an initial benchmark and then progress after the children are too old for Reynell (Reynell Developmental Language Scales assessment). Then hopefully use information gleaned to develop language.
Will give a 'benchmark' starting point for the children, allowing for the monitoring of progression etc. Accurate point to work with the children from, accurate info for reports etc.
I will be able to carry out the assessment confidently with my children.
Try to implement at once (when) ACE ordered and received.
To assess and set up targets.
It has given me a better understanding of how to use the ACE test with children.
Purpose and use of ACE material.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Focus on language development and assessing development in that area.
Practising/seeing video. Revision of SVO (Subject, S; Verb, V; Object, O) etc.
The video clips. Realising that despite a child presenting as a good communicator, their language (specific difficulties) can be masked.
Hands-on filling in record sheet.
Explained things very clearly - good to receive analysis.
A combination of theory, practice and application.
Practical experience of how to use test and benefits of it.
Making story looking for SVO etc.
Enjoyed the video about administering ACE and also the 'narrative' video.
Great to meet other people working with HI. I very much enjoyed the day. Another input like this in the future would be great.
Looking through the test material and see the demonstration of it being administered.
Seeing the test being administered and doing the analysis together.
Clause analysis game.
The practical activities and seeing the assessment being used.
Very practical and feel more confident - will help focus on target.
Revision of English structure (SVO etc).

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

More time (2) on scoring and 'next steps'.
Excellent course and presentation by Rachel.
There was a lot to take in, in one day.
If the pupil's answers had been provided on a sheet.
Timing and maybe more use of PowerPoint.

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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (3)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (5)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (6)
SSC Newsletter. (1)
SSC Website. (4)
Other. Email. (1)
No response. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Pre-school listening development programme of work.
I would like ideas/sharing of experience of good practice with pre-schoolers.