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Bilingual Word Detectives: Transferability of word decoding skills for Spanish/English bilingual students


2008 2008

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Students who come into elementary schools in the U.S. with Spanish as their primary language arrive with a storehouse of information that can facilitate the acquisition of English. Because of the similarities in orthography and meaning of Spanish and English words of common Latinate origins and because these words are often high level academic words, there should be an attempt to use Spanish as a well-spring to provide access to meaning of words in English. Teachers should give Spanish/English bilingual students skills to use their primary language to make meaning of words in both languages. I implemented Bilingual Word Detectives in a 2nd grade bilingual classroom and sought to give students tools to use when decoding word meaning in Spanish and English. I focus on three word decoding activities. First, in the Prefix Detective activity, students searched and analyzed prefixes with the same orthography and meaning in Spanish and English. Second, in the Cognate Hound activity students looked for words with the same meaning and similar spelling, cognates, in Spanish and English. Finally, through Vocabulary Mapping students assessed their awareness of the common roots and meanings of words. These activities had three goals: (1) improve word decoding skills in Spanish and English, (2) create a community of learners within the classroom and (3) lower students’ affective filters while learning words in English and Spanish.

The data indicated that students were very enthusiastic about the activities and showed academic growth but a longitudinal study may be required to show growth in these skills.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Bilingual education;
Elementary education;
Curriculum development
Classification
0282: Bilingual education
0524: Elementary education
0727: Curriculum development
Identifier / keyword
Education
Title
Bilingual Word Detectives: Transferability of word decoding skills for Spanish/English bilingual students
Author
Cox, Cynthia Gail
Number of pages
205
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0033
Source
MAI 47/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549782612
Advisor
Scharton, Susan
Committee member
Holtzman, Caren; Ramsey, Claire
University/institution
University of California, San Diego
Department
Teaching and Learning
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1457293
ProQuest document ID
304656465
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304656465
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