The Effects of Books in Spanish and Free Reading Time on Hispanic Students’ Reading Abilities and Attitudes
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.
Schon, Isabel; Hopkins, Kenneth D.; and Davis, Alan, "The Effects of Books in Spanish and Free Reading Time on Hispanic Students’ Reading Abilities and Attitudes" (1982). Educational Psychology Faculty Publications. 55.