The effects of developing English language and literacy on Spanish reading comprehension Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018, 2018 Taylor & Francis. In this longitudinal study, the cross-language transfer from second language (L2) to first language (L1) was examined among Spanish-speaking English-language learners in an English intervention (Grades 13) in the southwest United States. Path analysis revealed statistically significant transfers (ps <.05) for the treatment group from English reading comprehension to Spanish reading comprehension. English vocabulary and English grammar also had an indirect influence on Spanish reading comprehension through English reading comprehension. For the comparison group, no English to Spanish paths were statistically significant. We concluded that intervention activities in L2 influenced L1 reading even when L1 instructional time was reduced.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Spies, T. G., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong, F., Irby, B. J., Garza, T., & Huerta, M.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Spies, Tracy G||Lara-Alecio, Rafael||Tong, Fuhui||Irby, Beverly J||Garza, Tiberio||Huerta, Margarita

publication date

  • September 2018