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Ch 2: MTEL: Recognizing Common Grammar & Usage Errors

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Get a refresher course in identifying and correcting agreement, modifier, word use, and other tricky mistakes by using these videos. Remember to complete the accompanying quizzes and the practice test at the end to maximize your preparation for the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam.

MTEL: Recognizing Common Grammar & Usage Errors - Chapter Summary

Let's face it: most of us don't really love English grammar so much that we are expert on the finer points. Our instructors do love English that much, though, and in these videos they help you get ready for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills exam by reviewing the sorts of grammatical errors the rest of us make all the time. The videos covered in this chapter include discussions of:

  • Sentence structure errors
  • Common verb tense and subject-verb mistakes
  • Pronouns and pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Use of prepositions and correlatives
  • Word use and idiomatic errors
  • Homonyms and homophones

As you work through these videos you will be treated to boredom-fighting, up-beat lessons with fun graphics and passionate instructors. Each video clocks in at a brief five minutes each, so you can easily squeeze them into your busy schedule; and if that isn't flexible enough, just watch a bit of a video and pick up where you left off using the nifty content tags. The lesson quizzes give you a chance to practice your knowledge of key concepts, directing you back to related content in the quiz review, while the chapter test gives you practice answering the kinds of questions you can expect to see on the real test.

MTEL: Recognizing Common Grammar & Usage Errors Chapter Objectives

This chapter focuses on objectives 0008 and 0010 of the Writing subtest of the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam. Objective 0008 tests your working knowledge of grammar via 9-11 multiple-choice questions worth about 10% of the score. Objective 0010 requires that you demonstrate ability to use grammar correctly by correcting seven sentences for grammar, sentence construction, usage, capitalization, and punctuation. If you take the subtests together in one test session you will have four hours to complete both, but if you pay extra to take the subtests on different days you will have four hours for each subtest.

To pass the exam you must score at least 240 out of 300 on each subtest. For more information on score reporting, the exam, and how to register, please visit the MTEL website.

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTEL: Recognizing Common Grammar & Usage Errors
Common Grammar Mistakes: Examples & Correction

1. Common Grammar Mistakes: Examples & Correction

Learn about common grammar mistakes and how to correct them. Find out why common mistakes in grammar happen, and then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

2. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

3. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

4. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

5. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

6. Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

In this lesson, we'll look at relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns. We'll do this by antagonizing our friend Gary with the whos, whats, whoms, and whichevers that make up these pronouns.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

7. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

8. Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

In this lesson, you'll learn how to avoid one of the most common grammatical mistakes in writing by learning how to ensure that all of the antecedents in your writing agree in number with the pronouns that they're matched up with.

Using Prepositions and Correlatives

9. Using Prepositions and Correlatives

It's frustrating to hear 'because I said so,' but sometimes that's just the way it is. In this lesson, you'll learn two areas of grammar where you can't rely on patterns; you'll just have to memorize.

Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

10. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

11. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.

Superlative Form: Definition & Examples

12. Superlative Form: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what the superlative form is, and how to use the superlative form to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

How to Identify Wrong Word Use

13. How to Identify Wrong Word Use

Words are constantly being used incorrectly. Not sure if a word you used in your writing is correct? Watch this video lesson to learn three ways to identify errors in word use.

How to Identify Errors in Idiomatic Expressions

14. How to Identify Errors in Idiomatic Expressions

You use idioms constantly. They are a dime a dozen! But what are they? How do you know if you've used one incorrectly? Watch this video lesson to soothe all your concerns about idioms.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

15. 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.

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