Praxis II Teaching of Reading Exam by ETS
The exam is aimed to design for those individuals having a bachelor's degree who wants to teach beginning reading at a variety of grade levels. Two hours will be provided, to complete 120 multiple choice questions. There will be 15 questions pertaining to sociocultural and environmental factors, 10 questions pertaining to affective aspects, 40 questions pertaining to the instructional process for the teaching of reading, 20 questions pertaining to the structure of text and 15 questions pertaining to language, thought processes as well as text structure.
- Environmental and Sociocultural Factors: This section will focus and test your knowledge of family, peer, ethnic, environmental as well as cultural differences. The impact that literacy, biliteracy, parental support and expectations of the instructor have on learning to read will also be covered.
- Affective Aspects: This section will focus and test your ability to utilize drama, media and expressive art to encourage students interested in reading as well as in writing.
- Instructional Process in the Teaching of Reading: This section will focus and test your knowledge of individual and group student assessment methodologies, utilization of computers, cooperative grouping and peer learning or teaching, writing centers, learning centers and the utilization of paraprofessionals in classroom management. Your ability to instruct students pertaining to study skills such as note taking, outlining, planning and test taking will be tested in this section. Your knowledge of the following instructional strategies will be assessed: Silent and oral reading, story grammar, language expansion, organizational patterns, activating schema, scaffolding, monitoring, critical questioning and reciprocal teaching.
- Text Structure: This section will focus and test your knowledge of graph phonic and experiential cues, narrative and expository texts, vocabulary and concept load, organization, syntactic complexity story grammar an semantic and syntactic cues.
- Reading as a Language Thought Process: This section will focus and test your knowledge of the language process of reading. The following section will cover the relationship between speaking, reading and writing. The construction of meaning from a printed text, understanding and acquisition of language, and metacognition is also included.