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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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Claravall, Eric Blancaflor – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2016
Morphology is the study of word structure and its meaning. Knowledge and awareness of morphological structure provides a new light to help students with reading disabilities build skills in their word reading and spelling. When teaching morphology, teachers can focus on four literacy components (Claravall, 2013): morphemic analysis, vocabulary and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Morphology (Languages), Reading Difficulties, Spelling
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Montelongo, José A.; Hernández, Anita C.; Esquivel, Johanna; Serrano-Wall, Francisco; Goenaga de Zuazu, Adriana – Journal of Latinos and Education, 2018
Cognates are words that are the same or nearly the same orthographically and semantically in English and Spanish. The majority of the more than 20,000 cognates are academic vocabulary words comprised of Latin and Greek roots and affixes. Several thousand cognates can be found in the picture books that have earned the Américas Book Award, which was…
Descriptors: Awards, Morphemes, Semantics, Academic Discourse
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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
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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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
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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
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Vargas, Manuel P.; Kuhl, Paul E. – Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2008
This article describes a curriculum initiative intended to lay the foundational knowledge for a dialogue between Afro-Latinos and African Americans living in the United States. Afro-Latinos trace their roots to Africa and Latin America; although their physical characteristics are similar to those of African descent, their ethnic backgrounds…
Descriptors: African Americans, Preservice Teachers, Hispanic Americans, Blacks
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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Kessler, James W. – American Biology Teacher, 1999
Describes a method of presenting Greek and Latin root words in order to teach biological terminology. Presents a sample root word list and related activity. (WRM)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Higher Education, Science Instruction
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Hernández, Anita C.; Montelongo, José A.; Herter, Roberta J. – Reading Teacher, 2016
Educators can take advantage of Latino English learners' linguistic backgrounds by teaching Spanish-English cognate vocabulary using the Children's Choices picture books. Cognates are words that have identical or nearly identical spellings and meanings in two languages because of their Latin and Greek origins. Students can learn to recognize…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Spanish, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Diaz, Ivan – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine if Morphological Instruction (knowledge of the Germanic, Latin, and Greek words, roots, and affixes of English) was an effective instructional approach towards accelerating the acquisition of spelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension and closing at least a 6,000 word gap between English language…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Reading Comprehension, Research Design, High Schools
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Glas, Katharina; Cardenas-Claros, Monica S. – English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 2013
Chilean youth are currently demanding access to better-quality education for all: greater democracy and curricula that respect the country's indigenous cultural roots form part of their petitions. This article puts forward a twofold pedagogical proposal for English Language Teaching intended to foster intrinsic motivation and democratic…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge
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