About This Chapter
MTEL English: Vocabulary and Word Choice - Chapter Summary
This chapter is all about the elements of vocabulary and wording that may be present on the MTEL English exam, tackling test anxiety with simple-to-follow lessons on the following topics:
- Understanding words by their relationships and context
- Teaching new vocabulary
- Homonyms and homophones
- Synonyms and antonymes
- Using affixes, roots and structural analysis to determine the meaning of words
- High frequency words
- Connotation and denotation
- Identifying wrong word use
You can use the self-check quizzes at the end of each lesson to test yourself on the sort of questions you may encounter on the exam before you even take it. The ability to practice with these quizzes also extends to offline study, as each one can be printed as a worksheet.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples
We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.
6. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words
In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new 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.
8. High Frequency Words: Definition & Examples
You don't have to be a dog to hear 'high frequency words;' in fact, we encounter them every day! In this lesson, discover what makes these words 'high-frequency,' and see some examples that you may have even used today.
9. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
10. How to Identify Wrong Word Use
Words are constantly being used incorrectly. Not sure if a word you used in your writing is correct? Watch this video lesson to learn three ways to identify errors in word use.
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