VCLA, Writing SubtestOctober 12, 2022 2023-02-08 23:15
VCLA, Writing Subtest
VCLA, Writing Subtest
This self-paced video program follows the same basic structure as our Zoom programs for similar Pearson teacher certification writing exams (and our in-person programs which ran for two decades before COVID sent us online). We have made several augmentations to accommodate self-paced, online learning.
Several modules take students through all the basic skills and strategies necessary to ace this exam:
• The curriculum has been developed and honed since 1999, and contains only the specific skills and strategies needed to pass this exam. There is no wasted effort. There
are hundreds of practice problems to fine-tune your skills during and between sessions.
• The highly structured program starts with the basics. Students review parts of speech and sentence structure, securing a strong foundation for paragraph and essay
development. Development of these basic skills at the word- and sentence levels prepare students for more advanced concepts in punctuation and grammar.
• Concepts in punctuation, grammar, and usage are introduced through lectures and multiple examples. There are pages of practice for review. Only content known to be on
this VCLA is included, so time and effort are not wasted on unnecessary grammatical concepts. Specific strategies are introduced to assist students in understanding
sentences (subject/verb, simple/compound/complex sentences, the importance of the prepositional phrase, etc.).
• Writing skills are introduced by the instructor guiding students through the four elements of a good paragraph. Different structures of paragraphs are reviewed and
practiced. Understanding paragraphs is vital for performing well on the Written Summary, the Written Composition, and parts of the Multiple-Choice Grammar and
Usage sections, which together comprise about 65% of the writing score.
• The instructor explains the structure of a 5-paragraph essay in preparation for the Written Composition of the exam. Sample essays are read and discussed. The instructor
discusses how to plan and prepare an essay, and the group outlines the arguments for one together. Homework is assigned to review and practice concepts learned in class. Dozens of essay topics are included for practice.
• Instructors plan and write essays, so students can better understand how to implement the writing strategies taught in earlier modules, such as how to write an essay when you do not have much information on the topic and how to write several different essays based on the same ideas/arguments.
• Students use their new understanding of paragraph and essay construction to prepare for the Written Summary. Specific strategies for paraphrasing and approaching the
summary are taught and practiced. You will review passages and develop summaries according to the expectations of the exam graders. Homework is assigned to review and practice concepts learned in class.
• The instructor guides students through three of the most challenging aspects of this exam: the Short Answer (Sentence Corrections), the Multiple-Choice Grammar and
Usage (Paragraph Improvements), and the Mechanics Multiple-Choice sections. Grammar, usage, and punctuation concepts are reviewed as you study strategies specific to the “Sentence Corrections” (“Short Answer”) section; each error type will be examined and practiced, so students will know exactly which specific errors exist and
how to fix them. Specific strategies for each type of error found in the Multiple-Choice Grammar and Usage and Mechanics Multiple-Choice sections are also taught.
If you need to learn more about this course, feel free to contact us.