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Ch 7: MTLE Elementary Education: Language Conventions

About This Chapter

Learn more about language conventions before you sit for the MTLE Elementary Education examination in pursuit of a teaching certification. Within this chapter, you'll find informative videos, handy quizzes and written transcripts.

MTLE Elementary Education: Language Conventions - Chapter Summary

Prior to your MTLE Elementary Education testing session, take this opportunity to review language conventions. Watch several video lessons in order to study grammatical structure and the parts of speech. In addition to brushing up on the rules of grammar and punctuation, you might polish your proofreading and revision skills. Once you've revisited these topics, you could be able to:

  • Properly capitalize and spell words
  • Use correct grammar
  • Identify simple, complex and compound sentences
  • Understand the rules for using semicolons, periods, colons, commas, question marks, apostrophes and exclamation marks
  • Correctly use dashes, parentheses, ellipses, quotations, hyphens and brackets
  • Recognize the components of the integrated model of literacy
  • Distinguish between written and oral styles of language
  • Implement proofreading strategies

Strive to become an expert in English language conventions as you study the online video lessons in this chapter. Usually under ten minutes long, the lessons are introduced and narrated by experienced and credentialed instructors. View them on your mobile device whenever time allows. Jump from one topic to the next when you use the video tags. When you're ready, take the five-question self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson. Printable worksheets contain the answers to your quizzes.

MTLE Elementary Education: Language Conventions Chapter Objectives

Three subtests make up the computerized MTLE Elementary Education examination, and each subtest has two subareas. All three subtests include 50 multiple-choice questions and take about one hour each to complete. The Reading subarea of Subtest 1 will assess your knowledge of English language conventions and structures. The section will determine whether you have the in-depth knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation are necessary to qualify for a teaching license. Reading is worth 78% of Subtest 1.

13 Lessons in Chapter 7: MTLE Elementary Education: Language Conventions
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Capitalization Rules in Writing

1. 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.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

2. 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.

What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview

3. What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview

In this lesson, we'll look at the grammatical structure of the English language. What are the basic parts of speech that make up the building blocks of sentences? Keep reading, and you'll see!

Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

4. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

5. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

6. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

7. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

8. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

9. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

10. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

11. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

12. Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

Several differences contrast oral and written communication. Some differences seem obvious, but there's more to it. Retention, preciseness and engagement are just a few main differences.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

13. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

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