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Ch 30: MTEL English: Language & Reading Processes

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This chapter zeroes in on the material related to language and reading processes that you'll want to be versed in going into the MTEL English exam. You can use the videos and text transcripts to create a personalized learning experience.

MTEL English: Language and Reading Processes - Chapter Summary

This chapter deals with the bones of language and reading from a teacher's perspective, furnishing you with the understanding necessary to ace the related component of the MTEL English exam. By the end of this chapter you'll have reviewed:

  • Syntax and semantics
  • History and influences on the English language
  • The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
  • Impact of technology and culture on language
  • Sentence structure
  • Spelling and word patterns
  • Revising messages
  • Oral fluency

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10 Lessons in Chapter 30: MTEL English: Language & Reading Processes
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Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

1. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.

What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

2. 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.

History of the English Language: Influences & Development

3. 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.

How Social Influences Shape the English Language

4. How Social Influences Shape the English Language

When we learn to speak, our language is shaped by the people around us. This lesson discusses some of those social influences and how they impact the language we use.

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Examples and Definition

5. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Examples and Definition

Did you know that the way we speak and use words can determine how we see the world? Find out how in this lesson about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which also includes some thought-provoking examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Impact of Technology & Culture on the English Language

6. Impact of Technology & Culture on the English Language

Can a language evolve so dramatically that it becomes almost unrecognizable? This lesson discusses how technological and cultural shifts have shaped the English language over time.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

7. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

8. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

9. Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

The three parts of producing a message are planning, writing, and completing. In the completing stage, it is crucial for business writers to examine their message for errors, conciseness, and readability.

Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

10. Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

Oral reading fluency is an important element of reading comprehension. This lesson will explore that connection for teachers seeking to improve oral fluency with their students.

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