Title

The Effects of Books in Spanish and Free Reading Time on Hispanic Students’ Reading Abilities and Attitudes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1982

Abstract

The Spanish and English reading abilities, reading attitudes and academic self-concepts of two comparable groups of elementary Hispanic students were investigated. The effects of providing a great variety of books in Spanish and sixty minutes a week of free reading time were studied by analyzing the results of the Tests of Reading: Inter-American Series and by having students respond anonymously to reading attitude and academic self-concept inventories. There was a trend for significantly higher Spanish reading performance in the E groups with no loss in their English reading proficiency. The reading attitudes of the E groups also improved significantly.