If I only read to my child in my native language, will he ever learn to read in English?

Yes, if he receives instruction. But reading aloud to your child in your native language will lay the foundation for learning to read in English. By building reading into your daily routine, your child will explore new concepts and ideas. At the same time, your child will increase his knowledge of print and books. He will learn how to open a book and that we read to the end of a line and return to the left to read another line. He will learn where a printed word begins and ends and learn the difference between a word and a letter. Research has shown that if children already know these important concepts about print in one language, they can apply them to reading in another language.

Excerpt from "Learning Two Languages." Reprinted with permission from PBS Parents.