Ch 5: Word Comprehension

About This Chapter

Remind yourself of word comprehension and its related concepts like homophones and prefixes with this chapter full of brief and interesting video lessons and quizzes.

Word Comprehension - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be able view brief and interactive video lessons about the definitions and examples of words like semantics and phonemic awareness. You will be able assess your recollection of prefixes and affixes with our quick multiple-choice quizzes. The study materials in this chapter will help you remember the following:

  • Definition of descriptive linguistics and phonemic awareness
  • Instructional methods for phonological skills
  • Ways to understand words through their connections
  • Meaning and context clues
  • Prefixes and root words
  • Affixes and meanings of words
  • Definition of connotation and denotation
  • Examples of semantics
  • Homonyms and homophones

You can finish the chapter at your own pace. Each lesson is prepared by one of our expert instructors. Their names can be found in the lesson transcripts. If you need to review certain parts of the videos, you can utilize the timeline below them.

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: Word Comprehension
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What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

1. What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

This lesson will seek to explain the field of descriptive linguistics. In doing so, it will highlight the terms phonology, morphology, and syntax while discussing examples from around the globe.

Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

2. Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

Phonics, phonemic awareness, and phonological awareness may all sound really similar, but they are all different yet important skills required for successful reading. Watch this lesson to find out about each one and how to develop them.

Teaching Strategies for Phonological & Phonemic Skills

3. Teaching Strategies for Phonological & Phonemic Skills

In this lesson, you'll gain an understanding of teaching strategies for helping students improve phonological skills. You'll also learn activities related to phonemic skills, and take a quiz to check your knowledge.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

4. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

5. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

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.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

7. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

8. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

9. What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

Semantics, or the study of relationships between words and how we construct meaning, sheds light on how we experience the world and how we understand others and ourselves. Explore this concept with a definition and examples, and then check out the quiz to challenge your newfound knowledge.

Commonly Confused Words in English

10. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

11. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

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