Young Spanish-Speaking English Learners' Interest and Attitudes Towards Reading

During my sophomore year at Florida State, from August 2015 through March 2016, I participated in research within the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders through the Undergraduate Reasearch Opportunity Program (UROP). I worked as a research assistant to a Ph. D student and an FSU professor. We sought to examine the relationship between reading attitudes and language, and the literacy outcomes of Spanish-speaking English learners (ELs) in kindergarten and first grade. The children were seperated into small groups to complete a 21 question survey. They colored in the picture of the Garfield that best represented their emotion (1= very upset, 2= slighty upset, 3= slightly happy, 4= very happy) towards questions about recreational and academic reading. My job was to help administer surveys and to collect, record, and analyze the data. In conclusion, we found that there were no significant differences between grade levels. Generally, we discovered that most of the reading attitudes were positive. I had the pleasure of presenting this research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and at FSU's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Conference in March 2016. The reserach report is in the process of being published-- soon there will be a link provided with more information.

Posted by Shelby Curran on Wednesday 30 March 2016