Lextutor for Kids: 

Profiling the Vocabulary of K-2 Learners

Hetty Roessingh, PhD (University of Calgary)

Tom Cobb, PhD (Université du Québec à Montréal )



What is the Lextutor for Kids?


A tool for profiling the linguistic output of children whether narrative or written discourse.


Children’s linguistic output does not follow the same pattern as adults.


There is a need for a tool to profile the language of pre-literate youngsters aged 5 – 7 given the rapid increase of generation 1.5.


In terms of linguistic diversity, we want to consider total number of words, number of different words (NDW), and the distribution of these words across 10 bands of vocabulary.