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Ch 4: FTCE: Grammar Skills

About This Chapter

Let us show you how to improve your grammar skills. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this chapter provide several approaches to help you correctly answer questions about grammar on the FTCE General Knowledge Test.

FTCE: Grammar Skills - Chapter Summary

Prospective public school teachers can brush up on their grammar skills with these video lessons. From teaching you about the parts of a sentence to training you to identify common grammar mistakes, like pronoun use and verb tense errors, these lessons can help you prepare for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test. Grammar topics addressed in this series of videos include:

  • Verb forms
  • Types of pronouns
  • Adjectives vs. adverbs
  • Verb tense
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Sentence agreement
  • Comparatives and superlatives

Objectives of the FTCE: Grammar Skills Chapter

The FTCE General Knowledge Test, which includes subtests in English Language Skills, Mathematics and Reading as well as a written essay, is mandatory for men and women seeking teaching certification in Florida. More than half of the 40-question English Language Skills subtest focuses on grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation; other sections test your conceptual and organizational, word choice and sentence structure skills. The subtest is presented in a multiple-choice format.

Our grammar lessons can give you an idea of the types of questions you'll see on the English Language Skills subtest. Each lesson includes a pre-assessment quiz that you can take to test your initial knowledge of the featured topic and then retake after watching the video lesson to see if your comprehension has improved.

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: FTCE: Grammar Skills
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What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

1. What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we'll learn about pronouns in general, and take a look at two types of personal pronouns: subjective case and objective case pronouns. Knowing which case of pronoun you'll need can help you avoid common pronoun errors.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

2. 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.

Correcting Inappropriate Shifts in Pronouns

3. Correcting Inappropriate Shifts in Pronouns

Pronouns are often a part of speech that are overlooked and misused. This lesson focuses on how to identify and correct erroneous shifts in pronoun use.

What is an Ambiguous Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

4. What is an Ambiguous Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

When you write, it is because you are trying to clearly convey information. Ambiguous pronouns cause confusion for the reader. The good news is that this lesson will show you how to identify and easily correct ambiguous pronouns.

Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

5. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

6. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

It's sometimes not completely clear at first whether a singular or plural pronoun is necessary in a sentence. This lesson covers those confusing situations and explains how to be sure that you're using the right pronoun.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

7. 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.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

8. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

9. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

10. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

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.

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