Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1998

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Timothy W. Young

Second Committee Member

Frederick Abel

Third Committee Member

Osman Alawiye


A curriculum has been developed for middle school English as a Second Language (ESL) students to improve their reading comprehension. A review of the literature found that vocabulary is an essential part of reading comprehension and becoming aware of English/Spanish cognates can increase the students' English vocabulary. The curriculum includes a survey to assess a student's knowledge and use of cognates, lesson plans to introduce the concept of cognates, to practice recognizing English/Spanish cognates, and learn the correlation of suffixes between English and Spanish. The curriculum also includes lists of English/Spanish cognates divided by subjects.