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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Becoming a Fluent Spanish Reader: Accelerating Second Language Acquisition

Dr. Maria Guadalupe De la Colina, Dr Roxane Cuellar, Dr Judy A. Leavell.

A study was conducted to investigate an intensive reading intervention among low-achieving at-risk students in first and second grade Spanish/English bilingual classrooms. The intervention involving three research supported techniques, was conducted for 45 minutes per day, three days a week over 12 weeks, with 74 students from four classrooms. Dependent measurements were oral reading fluency scores and comprehension scores from post-reading questions, collected every two weeks from equivalent probes. It was concluded that implementing intensive reading fluency interventions in bilingual classrooms is feasible and valuable if conducted with fidelity and if students are highly engaged. Accelerating Spanish reading instruction for Spanish speaker students will eventually lead to the development of cognitive academic language proficiency in the second languge.


Dr. Maria Guadalupe De la Colina  (United States)
Assistant Professor in Bilingual Education
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction Faculty of Education
Texas State University-San Marcos

Dr. Maria Guadalupe De la Colina is an Assistant Professor at Texas State Univeristy-San Marcos. She specializes in bilingual education. She presently teaches the following courses, Reading for Diverse Learners, Multicultural Education, and Principles anof Bilingual Education, Theory Politics and Practices. In the past she has been an elementary bilingual teacher and a bilingual/ESL director for a public school district in Texas.

Dr Roxane Cuellar  (United States)

Texas State University-San Marcos

Dr Judy A. Leavell  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Texas State University-San Marcos

Dr. Leavell teaches literacy related courses to preservice teachers at Texas State University-San Marcos.

  • Literacy
  • Bilingual Education
  • Spanish REading Fluency
  • At-risk Students
  • Low- achievers
  • Limited English Proficient Students

(30 min. Conference Paper, English/Spanish)