ABC and 123: Bilingual Wednesdays - Cognates part II

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bilingual Wednesdays - Cognates part II

Cognates are words in two languages that share a similar meaning, spelling and pronounciation.
30 -40% of English words have a related word in Spanish.
For learners of Spanish as a second or foreign language, cognates are a bridge to the new language.
Cognate awareness is the ability to use cognates as a tool for understanding a new language.
Children can be taught to use cognates as early as preschool. They feel confident when they can master cognates because they are very similar to their mother tongue.
There are many cognates, but I choose the most familiar for my kids such as chocolate, pizza, pasta, television, computer, sofa,etc

Are you ready for a word hunt?
Beforehand paste the labels in the classroom. Invite children to go on a wordhunt.

Ask them to write the words in the worksheet.

Teaching cognates help children to transfer knowledge from one language to the other and to build anchor charts.

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