Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
Dr. Linda Houts-Smith
The purpose of this project was to discover what the research says about the role a student’s first language (L1) plays in their second language (L2) literacy development. As immigrant populations increase across the United States, some districts are perpetuating or implementing programs with little knowledge of best practices. Many districts fail to realize the value of a student’s L1 in their ability to acquire another language and be successful in an academic situation. This situation is perpetuated by district policy, teachers, and families themselves, and the results hinder the educational system’s actual goal of helping students from immigrant communities achieve proficiency in reading and writing in English, their second language.
Clark, Sunshine, "The Role of L1 Literacy in L2 Reading Development" (2022). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 709.