College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

World Languages and Cultures Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Spanish



Primary Advisor

Karen Muñoz-Christian, College of Liberal Arts, World Languages and Cultures Department


Literacy is important for the student to develop the skills that allow them to see beyond the pronunciation of words and their meaning. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate a better method of teaching literacy to teachers. That way students can improve, learn to speak, read, and write the Spanish language effectively in a simple way.

Additionally, the text explores through the diagnostic evaluation called Basic Phonetic Service in Spanish - Registration, offered by the Santa Maria School District. I evaluated two classrooms with a total of 20 students and determined which groups have been effective in deciding which method is best for each student. These methods are phonetic, syllabic, global, and twenty-days. As a result of this assessment, 13 of the students learned faster, and 7 made some progress but still struggled. It can be concluded that I discovered that the method that works best is the phonetic method because it is an explicit and systematic form of teaching.

As a result, it had a positive impact especially on those students who need more help in reading. It became easier for students to recognize, understand, and learn the alphabet in order to improve and develop their fundamental literacy skills.