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Ch 21: NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language & Grammar

About This Chapter

Get ready for the English Language and Grammar portion of your NYSTCE English Language Arts test with our assistance. Short, video lessons, with self-assessing quizzes, can aid your review of essential language topics and help you answer the questions correctly on the exam.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language and Grammar - Chapter Summary

Review the history of our language with this chapter's video lessons. Trace how dialects and second languages are learned to prepare for this portion of your NYSTCE English Language Arts test. The following topics are included:

  • History of the English language
  • Dialect and learning a second language
  • The role of context in determining meaning
  • Capitalization and punctuation rules
  • Correct spelling and word patterns
  • The eight parts of speech
  • Relationship and the meaning of words
  • Active and passive voice
  • Different moods created by verbs
  • Teaching vocabulary in context

Practice using suffixes, prefixes and context to determine the meanings of words. Take the quick quizzes to make sure you're on track. Complete additional review, if necessary, for mastery.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language and Grammar Objectives

The listening/speaking and language portions compose about 32% of your exam. Prepare by reviewing the following:

  • The spoken language within various contexts
  • Language styles of various regions
  • Aspects of effective speaking involving people of various cultures, genders or ages
  • The history of English language development
  • Origins of English words, slang and derivatives
  • Social and regional language variations in the U.S.
  • Jargon used in various fields
  • Language used in electronic and print media
  • Structural features of languages
  • Language development patterns
  • Word identification strategies
  • Context clues

You'll answer approximately 90 multiple-choice questions, in addition to writing a constructed-response piece, for exam completion. This chapter of the NYSTCE English Language Arts study guide can help you prepare to answer questions on the language topics listed above.

11 Lessons in Chapter 21: NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language & Grammar
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
History of the English Language: Influences & Development

1. 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 to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. 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.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

3. 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.

What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

4. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

In this lesson, we'll find out what punctuation is. We'll then learn some rules for using the most common punctuation marks as well as review sample sentences utilizing the punctuation rules.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

5. 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.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

6. 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.

What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

7. What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

If you can't tell the difference between a noun and a hole in the ground, that's because there isn't one! Come learn more about these and the seven other parts of speech and their functions in this lesson.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

8. 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.

Active and Passive Voice

9. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

Verbs in Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative, Conditional & Subjunctive Moods

10. Verbs in Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative, Conditional & Subjunctive Moods

Every sentence communicates a mood. If someone is ordering you to do something, he or she is using an imperative sentence. Find out how to identify and use indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional and subjunctive moods in this lesson.

Teaching Vocabulary in Context

11. Teaching Vocabulary in Context

Learning vocabulary in context helps people make connections for better comprehension. We'll look at a variety of learning strategies that can help students understand and incorporate new words effectively. After the lesson, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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