IEBE Research

Project DELLS

Development of English Language Literacy in Spanish Speaking Children

Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), this research represents a collaboration between the University of Houston, the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Texas in Houston Medical School, and SMU.  Multiple projects examined various facets of providing quality education to English language learners who are native Spanish speakers. The Institute for Evidence-Based Education was involved in a project that examined the impact of providing intensive reading intervention to struggling readers who are native-Spanish-speaking first graders. Some children were taught to read in Spanish, while others were taught to read in English. These children were monitored through third grade to determine which approach facilitates greater English language and literacy learning. SMU's part of the study was performed in 2004, the fourth year of research funding. 

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