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.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: MTLE Elementary Education: Language Conventions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Overview of Standard English Spelling Rules

2. Overview of Standard English Spelling Rules

Spelling is an essential skill for students. This lesson will provide an overview of standard English spelling rules. We will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.

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!

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

9. 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.

Academic Language: Definition, Examples & Functions

10. Academic Language: Definition, Examples & Functions

In this lesson, you'll be able to learn about academic language, and how it fits into a school's curriculum. Check out some various examples and functions of this way of writing and then test your knowledge with a quiz!

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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