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Evidence Based Practice Briefs
In this brief, the authors consider whether instruction in a child's native language (particularly Spanish) hinders or promotes learning of literacy in English. The authors conduct a four-step process for identifying research on this topic, examining this literature, and then determining the answer to this clinical question. The results suggest that supporting a child's home/native language promotes rather than hinders development of English literacy skills.
Gorman, Brenda K.; Summers, Connie; and Thomason, Kelly M., "English Literacy Development for English Language Learners: Does Spanish Instruction Promote or Hinder?" (2007). Speech Pathology and Audiology Faculty Research and Publications. 8.