Ch 4: English Language Development & Analysis

About This Chapter

Study this chapter to quickly increase your knowledge of English language development and analysis. Divided into fun and engaging lessons, this chapter helps you improve your understanding of these topics for the classroom, an upcoming teacher certification exam or personal interest.

English Language Development & Analysis - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll get a thorough overview of the English language development process as well as methods of interpreting English. You can expect to refresh your understanding of homonyms, homophones, idioms, analogies, morphemes and much more. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Trace the development of the English language and evaluate the etymology of words
  • Assess the development and use of English from children who have dialectical differences
  • Define the terms semantics, morphemes and idioms
  • Compare several cueing systems
  • Determine the meaning of words through structural analysis and context
  • Differentiate between explicit and implicit error correction in language instruction
  • Evaluate word relationships, synonyms, antonyms and analogies
  • Identify English words that are commonly confused

At the conclusion of each lesson, you'll have the opportunity to take a short quiz and see how well you understand the information. You can review the lessons online using any computer or mobile device, and you also have the option of printing the lesson transcripts to study offline. Be sure to take the chapter exam and reach out to our subject-matter experts if you have any questions.

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: English Language Development & Analysis
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History of the English Language: Influences & Development

1. History of the English Language: Influences & Development

Ever wonder how English came to be the language it is today? This video lesson gives a brief account of how English has transformed during the last few thousand years of history.

The Etymology of Words

2. The Etymology of Words

Words are at the center of almost all forms of communication in our society. Watch this video lesson to learn about word etymology and how it affects our world.

How Children With Dialectal Differences Develop & Use English

3. How Children With Dialectal Differences Develop & Use English

In this lesson, you'll learn about the different dialects of American English and how children of differing backgrounds develop and use English according to the rules of their dialects.

What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

4. What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

Semantics, or the study of relationships between words and how we construct meaning, sheds light on how we experience the world and how we understand others and ourselves. Explore this concept with a definition and examples, and then check out the quiz to challenge your newfound knowledge.

Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

5. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

The smallest recognized unit of grammar and syntax, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

6. Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

What happens when you're reading, and you come across an unfamiliar word? In this lesson, we'll explore the three major cueing systems for reading: graphic, syntactic, and semantic. We'll also discuss activities to teach each system.

Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

7. Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

Discover the importance of using structural analysis to understand unfamiliar words. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to divide unknown words into known pieces to comprehend their overall meanings.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

8. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Implicit vs. Explicit Error Correction in Language Instruction

9. Implicit vs. Explicit Error Correction in Language Instruction

In this lesson, we will discuss the correction of errors in language instruction. Correcting these errors can be explicit or implicit. We will explore what that means and how to use both methods effectively to improve language learning.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

10. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Using Synonyms, Antonyms & Analogies to Improve Understanding

11. Using Synonyms, Antonyms & Analogies to Improve Understanding

In this lesson, you'll explore your three best friends when it comes to understanding difficult words: antonyms, synonyms, and analogies. Then, test your knowledge of these three buddies with a quiz.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

12. 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.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

13. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.

Commonly Confused Words in English

14. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

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