Increasing reading fluency in Spanish by doing repeated readings in English

The purpose of this study was to investigate if repeated readings in English would impact student’s reading fluency growth in Spanish. Reading fluency has three major elements: accurate reading of connected text at a conversational rate with appropriate prosody or expression. It is important for young readers as well as teachers to be able to tell a strong reader from a poor reader. A fast reader is not always the best reader. The purpose of this study was to examine how doing repeated readings in English with sixth grade students in a Two-Way Dual Immersion program would impact their Spanish reading fluency. For 8 weeks, a sixth grade class used grade leveled passages from Read Naturally to practice repeated readings for 15 minutes daily. Students were pre- and post-tested on one grade level passage in English as well as one in Spanish. Rasinski’s Multi-Dimensional Fluency rubric was also used as a pre and post-test to measure students’ expression and volume, phrasing, smoothness, and pace while they read in Spanish and in English.