CSET: LOTE French 1, 2, 3

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  1. Valicore

    Valicore New Member

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    Apr 14, 2019

    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!

    Thomas
     
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    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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    Thank you for that. I am most concerned about Subtest 2 - I majored in Linguistics and French, so I feel strong on the mechanics of language, but my knowledge of francophone literature and to a certain extent cultural knowledge of the francophonie are more limited. As such, I'd really appreciate any ideas to narrow down what I should study, as those are both enormous subfields.

    Thank you very much for your help!

    Thomas
     
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    Linguistics? Excellent.

    Yes, francophone literature and francophonie are enormous subjects. Questions that you will encounter are therefore likely to skate over the top of them. (Feel free to share with me how one would frame the idiom "a mile wide and an inch deep" in idiomatic French.)

    If you could hold up your end of a cocktail-party conversation on The Greatest Works Of French Literature That Absolutely Everyone Should Know - if you can rattle off a few authors and titles and maybe a tidbit of trivia per work - you should be fine. Similarly, if you can locate France's major colonies, name-drop some of the more major colonial authors, and perhaps comment on the sociolinguistics of French in, say, Haiti, chances are you'll be fine.
     
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