CSET: LOTE French 1, 2, 3

Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by Valicore, Apr 14, 2019 at 6:23 PM.

  1. Valicore

    Valicore New Member

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    Apr 14, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Hi everyone,
    I'm a student teacher who is about to take the CSETs for the French Single Subject credential, I am wondering if anyone has any tips or can share what they did to study or what resources they used. It seems because it's not particularly popular there really aren't a lot of resources out there, and I'd love any tips or tricks anyone can offer!

    Thank you!

  3. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

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    Apr 14, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    Let me begin with some obvious points.

    The subject matter requirements documents on the CSET French webpage under www.ctcexams.nesinc.com, of course, outline what each CSET French subtest can test. All versions of CSET subtests are aligned to California state content standards. You can view the current World Language content standards at https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/worldlanguage.asp, but that set of standards was adopted in 2009 and is undergoing revision, so let me also recommend having a look at the Resources list, notably the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Language: that doc is a product of ACTFL, and that's an organization about which you need to know.

    You're probably already counting on questions that test your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in French and your grasp of French grammar. The sample questions on the CSET French webpage are by no means exhaustive but they'll give some sense of the types of question that can be asked. Selected-response questions tend to be standard four-choice multiple choice questions. If the point of a constructed-response question is to test your comprehension of written French rather than your ability to write in French, it may be possible to answer in English. The testing hardware will almost certainly be Windows-based rather than Mac-based; have a look at the testing tutorial on the CSET French page, and make sure you know how to produce all the diacritics you'll need.

    In addition, you should expect questions on general linguistics, French linguistics (phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics), world varieties of French, French literature (including colonial literature), French culture including fairly current politics, and the history of France and Francophone nations. AP French materials may be helpful, and Wikipedia (in either French or English) is definitely your friend.

    If you have more specific questions, and aren't citing or soliciting actual specific test questions, ask away.
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