There are different factors associated with learning a second language such as English. Among the factors including motivation and socioeconomic is the element of cognates that may impact second language acquisition. Through exploring multiple studies, this secondary research paper aims to examine the impact of cognates on language acquisition among different participants with different language backgrounds. Through different research methodologies, the findings of each published study revealed that students whose mother tongues do share cognates with their second language have an advantage over speakers of languages that do not share cognates with a second language such as English. On the other hand, those students whose first language does not share cognates with a second language face challenges and difficulties in learning the second language. Consequently, the latter speakers might not equally benefit from academic opportunities, which are more prevalent among other students, whose first language does share cognates with a second language, due to experiencing fewer language barriers.
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Master of Education (M.Ed.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
Learning Sciences and Educational Research
Curriculum and Instruction; Global, International, and Comparative Education
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Kazemian, Azimeh, "The Element of Cognates and its Impact on Second Language Learners" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1395.