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Ch 12: AEPA ELA: Standard American English Conventions

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This chapter's tutorial video lessons allow you to study standard American English conventions before you pursue a teaching certification. Watch the lessons online and take the self-assessment quizzes prior to sitting for the AEPA ELA examination.

AEPA ELA: Standard American English Conventions - Chapter Summary

This chapter's topics revolve around the American English conventions for spelling, capitalization and punctuation. Add to your knowledge and build your expertise in these areas while you prepare to perform well on the AEPA ELA teacher certification examination. As you accumulate tips and strategies, this chapter might also help you with:

  • Using phonetics to ensure correct spelling
  • Distinguishing between homonyms and homophones
  • Explaining the rules of capitalization
  • Describing the uses for colons, periods, semi-colons, hyphens, brackets, quotation marks and ellipses
  • Studying grammar and punctuation in dramatic dialogue
  • Defining and exhibiting the proper use of exclamation marks and question marks

While you've likely studied standard American English conventions previously, this chapter could help you recollect facts you had forgotten or introduce you to new information. Knowledgeable instructors are there to answer your submitted questions and get you ready for the AEPA ELA examination. Once you watch the lessons, you can take quizzes to assess your comprehension. Study online with your mobile device or learn offline by printing and consulting the text transcripts and quiz answers.

AEPA ELA - Standard American English Conventions Objectives

You can demonstrate your understanding of standard American English conventions during the AEPA ELA examination's English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process and Research domain. Your ability to understand sentence structure as well as spelling and capitalization conventions may be evaluated during this domain, which is the equivalent of 19% of the score. The computer-administered examination includes five domains. The entire test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: AEPA ELA: Standard American English Conventions
Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

1. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

2. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

3. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

4. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

5. The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

Playwrights use punctuation to tell their actors how to deliver their lines. In this lesson, you'll learn about three types of punctuation and the effects they have when used in dramatic dialogue.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

6. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

7. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

8. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.

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