The summer before my senior year of college, I spent two months studying Spanish in Spain. Afterwards, my brother met me for two wonderful weeks of travel in Italy. As we visited museums and cathedrals, I was amazed by how I could read practically anything in Italian with fairly good comprehension because of its similarity to Spanish. My brother, who had studied French, was able to do the same thing. At the time, I had never heard the word cognates but I quickly learned how useful they were in understanding another Latin-based language.
In the years since, I continue to learn how cognates not only help us make sense of a second or third language, they deepen our understanding of our first language as we make connections between words. Did you know that over 90% of English words of two or more syllables are of Greek or Latin origin? If we truly want to help our students develop a stronger vocabulary, we must help them deepen their knowledge about words.
Guess what? We have the perfect resource to help you do that and, are you ready for this, IT WAS MADE JUST FOR YOU! It is a vocabulary program designed with the intention of building word knowledge in both Spanish and English.
Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center is the developer of the Words of our World (WOW) vocabulary program and she recently posted here about Vocabulary Development for English learners.
From the Valley Speech website:
Words of our World (WOW) is a vocabulary program which addresses the use of cognates and common roots in Spanish and English to further develop word knowledge. Students in bilingual and/or dual language programs can benefit from this program. Students who are interested in learning Spanish can use their knowledge of English to develop Spanish vocabulary.
Would you like to win the WOW program for your classroom? Here is how you can increase your chances with up to five entries (one comment per entry):
- Become a follower of I Teach Dual Language (see the right margin of this blog) and leave a comment that you did or that you had already joined.
- Visit Valley Speech and Learning Center's website and explore their products. Leave a comment here telling them which products would be the most useful in your classroom.
- "Like" EL Saber Enterprises on Facebook and leave a comment that you did.
- Blog about this giveaway and leave the link here OR send an email about the giveaway to at least five other teachers and copy me in your email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Of course, leave a comment here so you get credit!
- Read Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan's guest post at Vocabulogic, leave a comment there, and leave a comment here telling us that you did.
Anonymous entries cannot win because, well, that makes announcing the winner a bit difficult! Make sure you leave your email so that I can contact you if you win! The giveaway will close at 12pm CST on Friday, March 23rd and the winner will be announced at 3pm. Good luck! ¡Buena suerte!
If you would like to read even more about using cognates in your classroom, check out a previous ITDL post titled Becoming Cognizant about Cognates.