CSET - Spanish

Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by Joe Sanchez, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Posting actual test questions on A to Z forums is against the rules both of A to Z and of the CSET program: see http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/announcement.php?f=68 and the WARNING at the top of this Web page.

    It turns out also to be less effective than one might think: there's no guarantee that one will get the same version of the test with the same questions.

    Of course this doesn't mean that we can't discuss themes, content, and approaches.
     
  2. oilerx21

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    Cset Spanish

    I was just looking for some info on this and I can come up with anything can you send me an email to see how I can get that
    information from you,
    arana_manny@montebello.k12.ca.us
    QUOTE=Joe Sanchez;299377]My wife will be taking the Single Subject Spanish CSET in January. I have been researching Spanish and Latin American history and authors, and can send the information I have found to anyone interested. Has anyone on this board already taken a the Spanish CSET who might be able to remember an essay or short answer question? The test guides on the CSET website are helpful to an extent but definitely not enough. Most of the books the web site recommends are not even in print! The whole thing seems like a scam to me. If anyone would like to use this message board to share information, research, test questions etc. I would be more than happy to send you what I have.[/QUOTE]
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, oilerx21. The board doesn't allow posting of members' emails (this is to thwart spambots), and Joe Sanchez hasn't been active for a while, but once you've got a few posts under your belt you'll be able to send and receive private messages.

    In the meantime, try looking through this thread: previous posts mention some resources you might find useful.
     
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    Joe.....I just passed the Cset Spanish! (after the 2nd attempt). I found that it helped to read on literary authors. ...be able to disect and extensively explain or interpret poems that were written....and get ahold of a Spanish III grammar textbook. I teach Spanish III and Spanish IV.....and this helped alot. Best of Luck to your wife!

    Stella Baeza
     
  5. sarairuh

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    Hi Joe,

    I know its been a while since your wife was preparing for the CSET Spanish test, but if you still have all of her notes, I would love access to them. sarairuh@hotmail.com

    thanks!

     
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    Welcome to A to Z, sarairuh.

    Try using Answers.com (http://www.answers.com) to look up the authors and topics that Joe listed.
     
  7. Stevr

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    Hi Joe,

    I was excited to find your posts, then saw they were from two years ago. Do you still have the study materials you accumulatede in preparing for the Spanish CSET? They would be greatly helpful to me in preparing for my test in only two weeks... Need help especially with the early historical info/figures and lingustic theory. My email is stevr1@yahoo.com Thanks! Esteban
     
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    Stevr, you're right that Joe's compilation of topics is really good. With just two weeks to go, you might find your best bet is to use the Internet. You could look up authors one by one using Answers.com (http://www.answers.com), or you could find lit-history Web sites by Googling authors in combination.
     
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    Spanish-CSET Help

    Hi Guys,

    I hope that one of you can help me. I am taking Spanish Subtest 1 and find it very difficult. As you all know there really isn't any material to study from and it is driving me crazy. Please any help will do.
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    You need to know some things about linguistics; there's a list of linguistics terms in the thread "Elmer's English resources" in this Single Subject Tests subforum that might help you. You'll also need to know the grammatical structures of Spanish and be able to correct incorrect choices in tense etc.: for that, your best bet might be a college introductory Spanish text or possibly something like a Schaum's outline or even the SparkCharts cheatsheet on Spanish grammar (which you'll find exclusively at Barnes & Noble).
     
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    AP Spanish Literature to help

    I thought that the AP Spanish Literature study guides might help with section II of the exam, but then, alas there are no AP Spanish Lit study guides offered. However, many seem to recommend Abriendo Puertas: Antologia De Literatura En Espanol, Tomo 1 (Spanish Edition) . Has anyone used this to help study for the Spanish CSET? I'd be interested in knowing whether it's worth it for me to buy it.
    Thanks!
    cheyli
     
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    Thanks -- great site! I ended up ordering the book for $8 used online, so I'll let you know how I like it and if it seems to pertain to section 2. I will absolutely do extra research on history/culture/names, but I feel like my weakest element of section II is the analysis of the excerpts given. I'm a pretty good test taker and I have yet to fail one of these puppies, but I really feel like I need to do some serious studying for this one. Ugh -- any ideas on this would be great!

    ***Update***
    I ordered the book and it was WAY too much to read with all of my other obligations. I read through some excerpts, but in all honesty, the excerpts on the actual test were far easier than the 17th century Spanish of some of these texts. If you were to study actual pieces, I would personally focus on modern literature, because I don't think the test writers would include pieces with such complicated vocabulary -- complicated even for Spanish speakers.
     
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    ok, so I took parts 1-2 of the Spanish CSET in May and I just found out that I passed both sections. I qualify for the third section because I took the BCLAD test in 2003 and it meets the requirement. Anyhow...I used this site to help me get started on my studying and now that I am finished, I am hoping to give some insight for others, without specifically mentioning anything on the test. I am sure you will find similar information elsewhere...

    For the linguistics section, I reviewed the Elmer's attachment on this forum, which was moderately helpful. I don't think it addressed the key issues for this exam, so it's also really important to read all the information possible on the cset website about the test, including what the test covers. So read, roughly ignore topics or vocabulary for which you are very familiar and do a little google research for the terms that are foreign to you. Some of those foreign terms came up on my test and I wouldn't have known had I not researched from the study guide. Also, I have an OLD, old, old AP Spanish study guide from back when I was in high school from Barrons or something of the sort. It doesn't really matter, because from this, all that is important is that a) you understand the linguistic differences between English and the target language and b) you know what everything is called. Sure, you might be able to use the conditional form in speaking, but can you remember that it is called conditional, and in which cases you use it? So...get a good Spanish study guide for that section.

    The cultural part was trickier...there were a lot of big movements, major writers/poets/artists and those you should study by simply doing a little research on Spanish literature or Latin American literature...I started with wikipedia and read the wiki for both Spanish and Latin American history, taking notes on major movements, historical and cultural...and then I did a little further research on those movements to learn (err...re-learn, I did minor in Spanish lit in college) leaders in the movements. I don't think you need to get too in depth with it, just know a wide variety of names and the movement (inclusive of years) they are associated with and perhaps any theme. I think the important part here is knowing major movements and how they play into history, and then knowing some major names/faces from the generations. That said, there were a couple of really random and specific questions that I felt like there was no way I could have answered without having been exposed to that specific title, which did not fall on my "major works" study list. Thankfully those specific questions were the minority and I passed just fine! Best of luck to all of you taking this test.
     
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    Congratulations, cheyli! It sounds like you did just about everything right.

    Teacher tests as a class are fishing expeditions. A test taker who knows enough about Spanish may not know (or be able to work out) the answers to three very specific questions, but if the test taker knows two out of three, it's probable that the lapse on the third simply indicates a tiny local glitch in the test taker's knowledge and/or performance rather than something more serious. From my slightly odd perspective, that works just fine.
     
  16. malina

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    Hi,

    I'm sorry because I don't know what kind of subjects can conform this exam but maybe entering the Department of Education of Spain can help.

    It is called mec (Ministerio de Educación y ciencia).

    I hope it can help you
     
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    Okay, so I did a little rummaging around in response to malina's post and came up with this link:

    http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/jovenes/

    It does indeed look very promising for takers of teacher tests for secondary Spanish - references to culture, literature, geography and more.
     
  18. malina

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    Thanks. That was the exact link I tried to post :)
     
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    Thanks for giving me a sense of where to look!
     
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    CSET in Spanish

    I am planning to take the CSET in Spanish and am looking for helpful study materials. I am most familiar with Latin American History and have little knowledge of authors and artists in either the Americas or in Spain. I also am lacking in knowledge of linguistics in both English and Spanish. Any helpful study guides or study materials would be greatly appreciated.
     

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