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Marco Bravo

Spanish and English share many cognates— words related by descent that are often more or less similar in form and meaning. Some words are highly frequent in Spanish (e.g., castigar, edificio) but less frequent in English (e.g., castigate, edifice). These cognate types represent a linguistic resource that Spanish speaking ELs can tap into to make sense of academic science vocabulary. Given that science exposes students to a large corpus of academic terms, strategies to better understand them are critical. This article describes cognate strategies that can help Spanish-speaking ELs make sense of many science concepts.

"Leveraging Spanish-speaking EL’s native language to access science. National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, 3, 21-23. Bravo, M. A. (2011)".

 
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