Having a well developed vocabulary is the key to reading comprehension. The more words a person knows, the better he/she will understand the text. For English language learners (ELLs), vocabulary development is especially important. The average native English speaker enters kindergarten with a vocabulary of 5,000 words. The average ELL kindergartner may know 5,000 words in his or her native language, but very few words in English. Closing the gap can be a challenge for ELLs.
Most ELL students quickly learn to communicate verbally with peers, but ELL students must also learn academic English. There are many Spanish English cognates that can help students learn academic English. Cognates are words in different languages that derived from the same original word or root. About 40% of all English words have similar cognates in Spanish. Family and familia, coast and costa, lion and léon are cognates.
Research shows that it takes from 10 to 20 repetitions to make a word part of your vocabulary. Using the new words as often as possible in everyday conversations or writing will increase a person’s vocabulary
Most vocabulary words are learned from context. The more words you’re exposed to, the better vocabulary you will have. When reading, it is often possible to figure out the meaning of a new word from the context of the sentence or paragraph.
With the use of iPads and eReaders, it is easy to look up unknown words. You only need to tap on the word to pull up its definition.
In our series English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker,students get the necessary practice to increase their English vocabulary. Many Spanish English cognates are presented in the six workbook series.
English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker is part of Fisher Hill’s English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults. It reinforces the vocabulary presented in the other three series of the program: English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker, English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker and English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker. Vocabulary knowledge increases reading comprehension, writing proficiency and speaking skills.
Fisher Hill’s English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults includes the above four workbook series. These series can be used in conjunction with each other. How does the program work? English Reading and Spelling Book 1introduces students to reading in English. The English Reading and Spelling series uses a very systematic and explicit approach to teaching the forty-four speech sounds used in the English language. Learning these sounds will help students read and spell. When English Reading and Spelling Book 1is completed, students, are ready to practice their beginning reading skills with English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 1and their beginning writing skills with English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. The vocabulary presented in the first books of each series is reviewed in English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. The four series each with six workbooks, were written to be used together to give students a good foundation in English literally. Adults like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, there are lots of pictures but the content is for older students. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go! There is an answer key at the end of each lesson and an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of each book. The six levels of the program with four workbooks at each level provides an excellent foundation in literacy for Spanish-speaking students. Each level of the program contains:
an English reading and spelling workbook
an English reading comprehension workbook
an English writing composition workbook and
an English vocabulary workbook.
Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to learn more about our English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker series for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.