The purpose of this study was to examine the oral narrative skills of children with cochlear implants. Specifically, the researcher compared the oral narrative skills of children with cochlear implants to their typically hearing, age- and gender-matched peers. Language samples were collected from five children with cochlear implants using the Test of Narrative Language (TNL; Gillam & Pearson, 2004) to elicit three narratives from each of the children. The three narrative tasks included: a retell task, a story generation task based on a sequence of pictures, and a story creation task based on a single image. The researcher transcribed, analyzed, and scored the narratives to evaluate microstructural and macrostructural elements of the resulting narratives. There was no significance found across the three narrative tasks. Although this study revealed that overall, the children performed similar to their hearing peers, additional research is needed to establish normative data on the TNL (Gillam & Pearson, 2004) for children with cochlear implants.


Furey, Joan

Second Advisor

Goldberg, Don


Communication Studies


cochlear implant, narrative, microstructure, and macrostructure

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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