ERIC Number: ED432909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Etymology and Vocabulary Development for the L2 College Student: Equal Relevance for Latin-Based and Non Latin-Based Foreign Students.
Bellomo, Tom S.
A study investigated whether the use of etymology as an instructional technique for vocabulary development in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction is equally effective for students from Romance and other language backgrounds. Subjects were 20 community college ESL students in two cohorts. Pre- and posttests assessed etymological knowledge of English vocabulary, including root synonyms and prefixes at the beginning and end of the semester. In the interim, students were instructed in English vocabulary using an etymological approach. Results indicate that while the students of Latin-based language backgrounds performed better on the pretest, the highest posttest scores were obtained by students of non-Latin-based language backgrounds, suggesting that students of Latin-based backgrounds do not have an advantage over others in this approach to English vocabulary learning. (Contains 13 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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