Summer 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Trish Harvey

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Sofia Cerritos

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Marissa Jurado


The purpose of this action research is to investigate the relationship between comprehension and fluency levels in a Spanish Immersion second grade setting and answer the question of: What is the effect of daily use of comprehension strategies, including inferencing, summarizing and visualizing, on fluency within a Spanish Immersion program? The literature review served the purpose to explore and deliver vital components in understanding the process of reading and how comprehension and fluency are achieved. I used a quantitative approach and utilized assessments throughout the school year to observe fluency levels when implementing comprehension strategies and assessments. The data revealed that when when focusing on comprehension strategies such as inferencing, summarizing and visualizing, fluency levels increased as well. Comprehension is a crucial component of reading once students are able to form a baseline of fluency which in return creates readers with the ability to decode and understand complex texts.

Research Methodology

Action Research


Assessment, Grades/ Student Performance, Literacy, Reading

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