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Crosson, Amy C.; McKeown, Margaret G. – Cognition and Instruction, 2016
This study investigated how middle school students leverage information about bound Latin roots (e.g., "voc" in "advocate" and "vociferous") to infer meanings of unfamiliar words, and how instruction may facilitate morphological analysis using roots. A dynamic assessment of morphological analysis was administered to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Metalinguistics, Latin, Inferences
Crosson, Amy C.; McKeown, Margaret G. – Grantee Submission, 2016
This study investigated how middle school students leverage information about bound Latin roots (e.g., voc in "advocate" and "vociferous") to infer meanings of unfamiliar words, and how instruction may facilitate morphological analysis using roots. A dynamic assessment of morphological analysis was administered to 29 sixth…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Metalinguistics, Latin, Inferences
Rasinski, Timothy; Padak, Nancy; Newton, Joanna – Educational Leadership, 2017
Wide vocabulary knowledge is associated with proficiency in reading comprehension and scores on tests involving comprehension. Yet assessments show that U.S. students at various grade levels have demonstrated no improvement in their vocabulary knowledge since 2009. Literacy expert Timothy Rasinski and colleagues argue that students need improved…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Instructional Improvement
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Crosson, Amy C.; Moore, Debra – Reading Psychology, 2017
A majority of the challenging words that adolescent readers encounter in school texts are morphologically complex and from the Latinate layer of English. For these words, bound roots carry important meaning, such as the relation between innovative and its bound root, nov, meaning "new." This study investigated the effects of instruction…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Middle School Students, High School Students, Intervention
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Russ, Helen – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2015
Derived from the Etruscan and Greek alphabets, Latin is a classical language that has influenced modern languages such as English, French, Italian and Spanish. With its Latin and Greek roots, this paper argues that the word lexion is an appropriate and necessary addition to the English language. Lex in Latin means, law, syllabus, statute and…
Descriptors: English, Latin, Greek, Vocabulary
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Rasinski, Timothy V.; Padak, Nancy; Newton, Joanna; Newton, Evangeline – Reading Teacher, 2011
In this article, the authors make a case for teaching vocabulary in the elementary grades through a focus on the morphological structure of words, in particular English words that are derived through Latin and Greek roots and affixes. The authors present a set of engaging instructional ideas for the use of Latin and Greek derivations to teach…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Instruction
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Nilsen, Alleen Pace; Nilsen, Don L. F. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2006
Teachers can build on students' familiarity with and respect for the Harry Potter books to create source-based vocabulary lessons. The idea is to work with the Latin roots that J. K. Rowling uses to create original names for places, people, and magical charms and then to extend students' knowledge through exploration of additional English words…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Familiarity, Latin, Vocabulary Development
Yearta, Lindsay Sheronick – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Vocabulary and comprehension are so inextricably linked that it ensures the necessity of researchers and teachers to determine the most effective method of vocabulary instruction. Our nation's children are still victims of what has been termed the vocabulary gap (Biemiller & Boote, 2006). This "vocabulary gap," according to a large…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Vocabulary Development, Internet, Teaching Methods
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Pampush, James D.; Petto, Andrew J. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2011
Commonly used technical anatomy and physiology (A&P) terms are predominantly rooted in Latin and Greek vocabulary, so it is commonly inferred that a solid grounding in Latin and Greek roots of medical terminology will improve student learning in anatomy and related disciplines. This study examines the association of etymological knowledge of…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Physiology, Undergraduate Students, Latin
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Kail, Suzanne R. – English Journal, 2008
High school teacher Suzanne R. Kail and her students uncover the relevance of learning Latin and Greek roots to enhance vocabulary and spelling. Kail reflects on her experience of combining what might be seen as an old-school practice of memorization with promoting higher level thinking skills and anticipates what she will revise for the next…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Latin, Thinking Skills, English Instruction
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Yurtbasi, Metin – Online Submission, 2015
Semantics, the study of the meaning of words, is the sum of the basic elements of four skills, namely, reading, writing, speaking and listening effectively. The knowledge of vocabulary words in lexico-semantics, on the other hand, is essential in every grade level, subject area and assessment for every student. In order to improve students'…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Morphemes, Linguistic Borrowing
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Padak, Nancy; Bromley, Karen; Rasinski, Tim; Newton, Evangeline – Educational Leadership, 2012
When young readers encounter texts that contain too many unfamiliar words, their comprehension suffers. Reading becomes slow, laborious, and frustrating, impeding their learning. That's why vocabulary knowledge is a key element in reading comprehension. To comprehend fully and learn well, all students need regular vocabulary exploration.…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Misconceptions, Latin, Greek
Ganske, Kathy – Guilford Publications, 2008
This book provides tools to enhance upper-level spelling and vocabulary instruction, and features more than 120 reproducible sorting activities and games. It offers suggestions for helping students build mastery of vowel patterns, syllable structure, syllable stress, consonant and vowel alternations, compound words, prefixes, suffixes, and word…
Descriptors: Sentences, Spelling, Syllables, Vowels
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Sebesta, Judith Lynn – Classical Outlook, 1979
Provides a list of textbooks which may be used in courses building general English or technical vocabulary through the study of Greek and Latin roots. (AM)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Classical Languages, English, English Instruction
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Bellomo, Tom S. – TESL-EJ, 1999
Demonstrates that etymology as a word attack strategy for second language students does not offer an unfair advantage to students whose first languages are Latin-based. Much of the English language makes use of Latin roots and affixes. Students whose original language is derived from Latin will initially have an advantage in word recognition due…
Descriptors: College Students, Etymology, Higher Education, Latin
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