ERIC Number: EJ935995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Spanish-Speaking Students' Use of Cognate Knowledge to Infer the Meaning of English Words
Dressler, Cheryl; Carlo, Maria S.; Snow, Catherine E.; August, Diane; White, Claire E.
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v14 n2 p243-255 Apr 2011
This research examines the processes which native Spanish-speaking learners of English and English-only students engage in when inferring meaning for unknown English words that have Spanish cognates. Conducted within the context of a large-scale vocabulary intervention that taught word inferencing strategies, including a cognate strategy, this qualitative study describes cognate strategy use among a small sample of participants. The data suggest that explicit instruction, students' metalinguistic and metacognitive skills, and the structural characteristics of cognate pairs are associated with cognate recognition.
Descriptors: Metacognition, English (Second Language), Spanish Speaking, Second Language Learning, Inferences, Vocabulary Development, Intervention, Second Language Instruction, Metalinguistics, Qualitative Research
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