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Reading Teacher


Dual language and bilingual education programs are increasing in number and popularity across the country. However, little information is available on how to teach children to read and write in Spanish. This article explores some of the similarities and differences in vocabulary and sentence structure in Spanish and English and considers the resulting implications for teaching emergent Spanish literacy. Understanding linguistic aspects of both languages enables teachers to better support the development of biliteracy and bilingualism.


This is the Submitted Manuscript of an article that appeared in Reading Teacher, volume 69, issue 6, 2016. The Version of Record (VOR) may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1417 SJSU Users: use the following link to login and access the article via SJSU databases.