Receptive Language - The understanding of language. This includes areas of understanding such as semantic (vocabulary), syntax (grammatic structure), and morphology (markers to denote meaning such as pronouns, -ed endings, plural endings, etc.). Receptive language skills are evidenced in understanding directions, negatives, passive voice, descriptions, functions of objects, inferences, categorization, comparatives, etc.
Expressive Language - The use of language. This includes the verbal use of the skills listed above. Examples of these skills are to ask and answer questions, name objects, give definitions, describe, use adequate grammar skills to express meaning, produce sentences, complete analogies, name categories, etc.