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Ch 5: GACE English: Vocabulary & Language Development

About This Chapter

The fun video lessons in this chapter address language development and vocabulary instruction issues. Reviewing the topics covered in the lessons will help get you ready for the GACE English exam.

GACE English: Vocabulary & Language Development - Chapter Summary

Refresh your memory on key material related to effectively teaching vocabulary and language development by checking out the engaging videos in the chapter. Your renewed familiarity will help you to answer items on the GACE English assessment concerning:

  • Major language acquisition stages
  • Language regions and dialects
  • Written languages, including symbols and letters
  • Vowels, consonants and syllables
  • Phases of spelling development
  • Key strategies that help students spell correctly and use new words
  • Commonly misused words
  • Using repetition and context to teach new vocabulary
  • Vocabulary instruction for ELL students
  • Effectively using guide words
  • Using reference materials

View these videos at your own pace, whether you want to watch multiple videos consecutively or spread them out. The videos average around five minutes in length. Complete the lessons' practice quizzes to verify your comprehension of the topics.

GACE English: Vocabulary & Language Development Chapter Objectives

The GACE English assessment helps determine if you meet the standards for English teacher certification. The items that surface on the assessment related to the topics you review in this chapter are going to be in a multiple-choice format. The language subarea, found on test II, will be the portion of the assessment that produces questions relating to the Vocabulary & Language Development chapter's content. This subarea's questions amount to about 23% of the score you receive on test II.

15 Lessons in Chapter 5: GACE English: Vocabulary & Language Development
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Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

1. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

2. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

3. The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

In this lesson, we explore how written language is expressed in different areas of the world. You'll see examples of other languages that operate with their own characteristics to document information important to that culture.

Understanding Consonants, Vowels & Syllables: Types, Structure & Activities

4. Understanding Consonants, Vowels & Syllables: Types, Structure & Activities

After watching this video lesson, you will learn how vowels and consonants come together to form syllables. You will also learn how you can teach this part of our language to your students.

Stages of Spelling Development

5. Stages of Spelling Development

Children don't start out knowing how to spell words. Instead, spelling (like many other skills) develops over time and with practice. Watch this lesson to find out more about the stages of spelling development that children go through.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

6. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

How to Teach Vocabulary Words

7. How to Teach Vocabulary Words

Without a rich vocabulary, students have little foundation to understand what they are reading. This lesson highlights vocabulary strategies that can be used to develop student vocabulary skills in elementary, middle and high school.

How to Teach New Vocabulary

8. How to Teach New Vocabulary

This lesson describes how to introduce a new vocabulary word and several sample activities for reinforcing the meanings of the terms. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

9. Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

Using a translator or carrying a translating device is not realistic when learning English as a second language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to strategically teach vocabulary to English language learners.

Teaching Vocabulary in Context

10. Teaching Vocabulary in Context

Learning vocabulary in context helps people make connections for better comprehension. We'll look at a variety of learning strategies that can help students understand and incorporate new words effectively. After the lesson, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!

Commonly Confused Words in English

11. 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.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

12. 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)

13. 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.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

14. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

Using Guide Words to Write Effectively

15. Using Guide Words to Write Effectively

This lesson will explain how to use guide words to improve your writing. We'll look at examples of different types of guide words and learn how to use them in sentences to help logically connect thoughts and ideas, transition clearly between them, and help the writing flow better.

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