PRAXIS II English to Speakers of Other Languages Exam

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The exam is aimed to design for those individuals who wants to teach English as a second language in elementary and secondary schools. The exam is comprised of two 15 minutes, listening sections and 90 minutes writing section. Two hours and 30 minutes will be provided, to complete 120 multiple choice questions.

Section 1 parts A and B are based on an audio recording. Part A covers oral grammar and vocabulary and part B covers pronunciation. The recorded questions of this section are speech samples from students who are non-native English speakers. You need to identify errors in their speech. The recorded speech samples are also printed in the test booklet. You should mark the student errors in the test booklet as you listen to the audio tape.

Section I, part C and section II consist the last 100 questions of the exam. Section 1 part C will test your knowledge of writing analysis. Section 2 will test your knowledge of language theory and educational instruction.

  • Analysis of Student Language Production: This section will test your knowledge of English grammar, vocabulary and punctuation 20 of the questions are regarding audio examples for you to examine and 10 are written examples for the evaluation.
  • Linguistic Theory: This section will test your knowledge of phonetic transcription, phonology, articulation, morphology, syntax, psycho linguistics and social linguistics.
  • Teaching Methods and Techniques: This section will test your knowledge of identification and selection of various different language teaching methodologies. The following teaching methodologies may be covered in the exam: Direct method, total physical response and the natural approach. Your knowledge of student instruction in the areas of pronunciation and vocabulary will be tested. Knowledge of various student assessment methods will be assessed in this section.
  • Assessment Techniques and Cultural Issues: This section will test student learning styles, non-verbal communication, acknowledgment and support of student diversity. Understanding of the utilization of various different formal and informal assessment tools to test for student language proficiency will also be tested.
  • Professional Issues: This section will test your knowledge of legal foundations for ES0L programs, professional organizations for ES OL instructors, resources and curriculum materials to teach ESOL at the elementary and secondary level.