My son came to the United States at age 13 without a word of English. Less than five years later, he's more proficient in English than in his native language, Spanish. Why? Because he (fortunately and what a relief!) took to reading. He reads everyday, including reading himself to sleep every night -- just like Mom! And this week, he wrote an absolutely brilliant short story of the characters calculating their way through space and then moon travel -- so nifty!
This is one of the reading figurines in our library: subliminal encouragement!