Ch 1: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Grammar & Mechanics

About This Chapter

Prepare to become an adult basic education teacher by studying this chapter's lessons and taking several short quizzes on grammar and mechanics. Apply what you've learned when you sit for the MTEL Adult Basic Education examination for certification.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Grammar and Mechanics - Chapter Summary

This chapter highlights the definitions and functions of several grammatical terms and explores the origins of the English language. Its text and video lessons include topics you'll find on the MTEL Adult Basic Education examination when pursuing a teaching endorsement. During testing and subsequently, you'll need to be able to correctly use pronouns, prepositions and adverbs, and you'll have to be capable of identifying several sentence types and avoiding mistakes in spelling. Look to this chapter for assistance with:

  • Understanding descriptive linguistics
  • Nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns and prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Correct use of interjections
  • Characteristics of simple, compound and complex sentences
  • Creating declarative and imperative sentences
  • Development of the English language
  • Capitalization and spelling skills

This chapter's text and video lessons offer opportunities for flexible learning at a pace that's comfortable for you. Watch the videos and access the text lessons online as you get ready to address questions on grammar and mechanics during the MTEL Adult Basic Education examination. Teacher-delivered and less than ten minutes long, the videos provide animation, graphics and examples that add to your overall learning experience. Like the video lessons, the text lessons consist of transcripts along with extra course information and brief quizzes. The self-assessment quizzes consist of five multiple-choice questions that measure what you've learned.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Grammar and Mechanics Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Adult Basic Education examination contains five multiple-choice subareas and one open-response subarea. Your grasp of grammar and mechanics will be evaluated as part of the English Language Arts subarea. Worth 15% of your score on this computer-based test, the section will evaluate your knowledge of parts of speech and grammar usage. You'll also need to understand the etymology of the English language to pass. In addition to a four-hour time limit, you'll be granted 15 minutes to view a tutorial. The test has 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response items.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Grammar & Mechanics
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What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

1. What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

This lesson will seek to explain the field of descriptive linguistics. In doing so, it will highlight the terms phonology, morphology, and syntax while discussing examples from around the globe.

What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

2. What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

A noun is a part of speech that identifies a person, place, thing, or idea. In this lesson, in addition to learning how to identify nouns, you'll learn the difference between proper and common nouns and a bit about how nouns function in sentences.

What is a Verb? - Definition & Conjugation

3. What is a Verb? - Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, you'll learn what a verb is and how to conjugate verbs correctly to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples to help you understand verb conjugation.

What are Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

4. What are Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

Adjectives are what give detail and engage the senses in our writing. This lesson defines and illustrates adjectives and descriptive detail in writing and speaking. Nouns and verbs are briefly reviewed.

What are Adverbs? - Definition & Examples

5. What are Adverbs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what adverbs are and how they can be used to make your writing more interesting. You'll also take a look at some examples of adverbs and how they work in sentences.

What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

6. 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.

What is a Preposition? - Definition, Uses & Examples

7. What is a Preposition? - Definition, Uses & Examples

Prepositions are essential to sentences because they provide additional and necessary details. In this lesson, we will explore the definition and roles of the preposition.

Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

8. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

Conjunctions are parts of speech that join together other words, phrases and clauses in sentences. Learn all about two types of conjunctions - coordinating and correlative - in this lesson.

What is an Interjection? - Definition & Examples

9. What is an Interjection? - Definition & Examples

Interjections are emotional expressions used in writing. This lesson discusses the rules regulating the use of interjections and lists some of the common ones English speakers use to convey feelings.

Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

10. Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

Sentences can be categorized as simple, compound, and complex. In this lesson, you'll learn about all three, break down example sentences, and test yourself at the end with a short quiz.

Identifying Types of Sentences

11. Identifying Types of Sentences

Our language has four types of sentences. Watch this video lesson to not only learn the four types but also to discover the tricks to identifying types of sentences.

History of the English Language: Influences & Development

12. 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.

Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview

13. Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview

Learn about some of the most common types of spelling mistakes and how to correct them. Read the lesson and take a brief quiz to test your new skills.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

14. 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.

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