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
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History of the English Language: Influences & Development

1. History of the English Language: Influences & Development

The English language has progressed from archaic dialects of Germanic and Roman languages. Identify the Roman and Germanic influence throughout the history of Christianity, Viking and Norman invasions, and the black death, resulting in modern English.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

There are a number of techniques used to determine the meaning of words by examining them in the context of a sentence. Learn how to look for definitions and examples within the sentence, pay attention to synonyms and antonyms, and substitute unknown words.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

3. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization exists to emphasize the importance of certain words in a sentence. Learn how to define capitalization, discover why we capitalize, and explore the four categories of capitalization: proper nouns, titles, first words in a sentence, and the pronoun 'I.'

What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

4. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

To be able to clarify the accurate meaning of a text, the use of correct punctuation is necessary. Learn about the different punctuation marks and the corresponding rules for the use of each punctuation.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

5. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

Correct spelling is important and it makes a difference to how you and your written work is viewed. Learn some strategies and helpful tips for ensuring that your written work is always spelled correctly.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

6. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

Words in the English language use recurring word parts to express common definitions and meanings. Explore spelling and word patterns such as root words, prefixes, and suffixes, and then review examples of each type of word part.

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

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

The English language organizes speech into eight categories of words, known as parts of speech, based on their function in a sentence. Learn to define and use the following parts of speech: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

8. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Words often contain multiple potential meanings that can be identified by their context and relationship to other words in a phrase. Learn the use of connotation, denotation, and synonyms, and how different types of analogies can illuminate the true meaning behind a given word.

Active and Passive Voice

9. Active and Passive Voice

Structural improvements can add more clarity and impact to sentences like 'The Emperor was thrown down a ventilation shaft by Luke's dad.' Learn how to identify active and passive voice and correct passive sentences to make them active.

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

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

Verb moods are often used in literature to indicate a state of being. Learn how to identify and use indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive moods.

Teaching Vocabulary in Context

11. Teaching Vocabulary in Context

It is important to teach vocabulary in context to make connections between what they are learning and real-life situations. Learn more about why context matters and about finding clues in sentences. Also, learn about how making connections and using interactive strategies can be beneficial for learners.

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