Tuesday Tongue Twisters

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It is time again for Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!  Pronunciation can be a
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challenge for second language learners.  A fun lesson to increase accuracy is to practice an assortment of tongue twisters.  Tongue Twisters lower the affective filter of English language learners and kids of all ages love to practice the sing-songy fun of a great tongue twisters.

Easy: 
  • Inchworms itching
  • Rubber baby buggy bumpers
Medium:
  • Green glass globes glow greenly
  • Toyboat, toyboat, toyboat, toyboat

Hard:
  •  Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    A woodchuck would chuck  as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood!
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Tongue twisters are fun and engaging for young English learners.  They are also culturally significant and native speakers of English are always willing to join in the fun of this challenging practice.




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What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?
 

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What do they mean?


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Happy Thursday!  Many teachers ask what the definition is of many of the words we use in English Language Development (ELD).  Here are the definitions of a few I would like to share with you today.  What are some of the words you get asked about or words you want defined?
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Academic Language:  Formal language that is usually found in assessments and text books.  It is the part of language associated with literacy and uses precise and specific vocabulary and technical terms.

Academic Words:  Words specific to a particular content or concept.They are the words a student must understand in order to access the curriculum of a certain academic content area.

BICS:  Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills

CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

Cognates: Words in different languages related to each other by the same root.

Descriptors:  Broad categories of behaviors that students can demonstrate when they have met a standard.

False Cognates:  Words from different languages that sound alike and are similar in form but are unrelated in meaning.

Fluency:  The ease of comprehension in listening and reading and production speaking and writing.

Forms: Building blocks of language

Functions:  the reason to communicate


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What are cognates?

Vocabulary/vocabulario, animal/animal, actor/actor,  color/color are just a few of the thousand of English and Spanish cognates.
Cognates are an important part of learning English.  Cognates are words in two languages that have the same or similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation.  Spanish and English cognates include:  doctor/doctor, family/familia, construction, constucción, and electricity/electricidad.  Some languages like Spanish have thousands of cognates with English and other languages like Chinese and Arabic have very few. 

Cognates, words in two languages that have the same or similar meanings and spelling increases English language learners vocabularies.

Why teach cognates?
These similarities in meaning and often in spelling give second language learners the ability to figure out new words and learn vocabulary in English more quickly.  These cognates give students an instant foundation of vocabulary. 
When students can identify cognates from their first language it increases student English knowledge of vocabulary by thousands of words they already know. 

English learners need to simply learn the spelling and pronunciation rules that go with the cognate and they have a strong foundation of English vocabulary.

What does the research say?
According to Nagy and Nagy, et al (1988; 1993) many Spanish second language learners need help recognizing and using cognates.  Direct instruction by the teacher helps students use cognates to understand new or unknown words in English.

What are false cognates?
False cognates are words that are spelled or pronounced similarly in two languages, but do not have the same meaning.  Idioma/Idiom in Spanish and English are examples of false cognates.  Idioma in Spanish means language, while idiom in English means a phrase that does not mean what the words say (raining cats and dogs). 
Another important reason to teach English language learners about cognates is to alert them to the false cognates.

What can parents do?
Talk with your children. 
When you see a cognates, words in two languages that have the same or similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation, point them out to your child and talk about the meaning in your first language.  Remember, Spanish and English cognates include:  doctor/doctor, family/familia, construction, constuccion, and electricity/electricidad.  Cognates are everywhere!

Here is a list of everyday cognates you can use to help teach your child the recognize and use  cognates to build English Vocabulary!  Have Fun!


ENGLISH
SPANISH


A
animal
animal


B
bicycle
bicicleta


C
coyote
crocodile
coyote
cocodrilo


D
dance
dinosaur
danza
dinosaurio


E
elephant
elefante


F
family
flower
familia
flor


G
giraffe
gorilla
jirafa
gorila


H
hippopotamus
hipopótamo


I
insects
insectos


J
jar
jarra


L
lemon
lion
limón
leon


M
music
música


N
necessary
nessesario


P
penguin
police
pinguino
policía


Q
quiet
quieto


R
rock
radio
roca
radio


S
secret
secreto


T
telephone
teléfono


U
use
usar


V
vegetables
vegetales



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