English readers improve reading comprehension

This study focuses on the ability of students to transfer reading comprehension strategies from their primary language to a second language. Seven students received explicit instruction in Spanish in metacognitive and cognitive techniques to improve reading comprehension. They were then tested using a questioning protocol to see how well they transferred metacognitive and cognitive to improve reading comprehension in English. Results of the study confirmed that students were able to transfer metacognitive techniques. At the end of the instructional period, six of the seven subjects comprehended reading passages that had previously been too difficult to comprehend.