The Effects of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Texts and Bilingual Discussions on Bilingual Students

Veronica Silva

Abstract

As the Latino population grows in the 21st century, teachers have to be up to date with the best practices to meet the needs of Latino students. The purpose of this study is to determine if culturally relevant texts and bilingual instructional conversations will help Latino students make literacy gains. The fifth grade Latino participants of this study met with the researcher four times a week for 45 minutes for six weeks. During these sessions the students read texts with Latino protagonists and themes and engaged in instructional conversations about the texts. The participants were allowed to use Spanish or English. Comprehension assessments demonstrated the participants' growth and may direct research to replicating this study with a larger sample.