Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

James Coston

Second Advisor

Esther Gray

Third Advisor

Terry Gay


This honors thesis project explores past and current research on the language and literacy development and assessment of Spanish-English bilinguals. The researched differences between Spanish and English language acquisition, cross-language development patterns and phenomena found in bilingual children, and holistic approaches to accurate and authentic assessment of language acquisition of bilinguals have lent support to future research questions and methodologies. The following literature review provides clear connections from current bilingual language acquisition and literacy development studies to the future research questions and ideas they rouse. Said questions and ideas have been organized into a research proposal addressing the language trends of Spanish/English dual-language learners: students who are learning simultaneously in Spanish and English throughout elementary school.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access