Guides: Using Cognates with ELLs

Cognates are words in two languages that share a similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. 30-40% of all words in English have a related word in Spanish and this guide provides a helpful list of cognates in Spanish and English.

Keeping periodic track of the progress English language learners are making in their second language acquisition skills is essential. This starter kit, created in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, provides helpful forms for PK-12 educators who work with ELLs to find out if they’re on track learning the important academic English skills they need to be successful.