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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Other chapters within the NYSTCE English Language Arts (003): Practice and Study Guide course
- NYSTCE Information Resources
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Literary Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary Genres
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary History & Culture
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: World Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Informational Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing U.S. Documents
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Arguments
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Revising & Editing Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Narrative & Descriptive Writing
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Research & Writing Tips
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Interpersonal Communication
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Communicating in Groups
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Evaluating & Delivering Speeches
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Persuasive Speaking
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Assessment Types & Techniques
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Instructional Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts Flashcards