Length of Preparation for English CSET

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  1. ilikerice

    ilikerice New Member

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    Hello to all,
    I would like to start teaching as soon as I graduate college but I need to pass the English CSET. I have been reading this forum and thank you very much to all your contributions! Anyway, my major is American Literature and although I did take some Bristish Lit classes, I'm getting nervous about this exam. :crosseyed I have checked out the CSET website but if I want to start teaching this September, I don't want to have to put myself through all those recommened readings listed there. :( Basically, I just wanted to get an idea of what I'm getting myself into. Please answer the following:
    How long did it take you to study or prepare for the English CSET?
    Did you pass it for the first time?
    Any advice or recommended reading/ study guides?
    Thanks so much for your participation!
     
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  3. MsMCLee

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    Hey there,

    Would love to send you my crib notes on the "Canon", it was very helpful for me in preparing for the March exam, let me know if they are helpful! Good Luck.
     
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    Hi,

    I'm an English minor, and passed all 4 sections on my first try (I studied 3 days). I have two questions: For your Am Lit program, did they make you take any lit criticism? How well do you do on standardized essays? If you have a cursory background knowledge of literary movements and genres, you should be able to guess your way through some of the specifics. But there were only a few questions that asked you to recognize/identify genre. Usually they ask you to analyze a passage. If you're good at fill-in questions, all you need is your lit analysis skills. Finally, if you're good at essays, the last two sections shouldn't be too bad.
     
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    Hi, i'm taking all four english subtests for the first time in 10 days and I'm incredibly nervous. Any chance you could send me your notes on the "Canon" as well? It would be much appreciated. Thanks.
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Try SparkNotes LITERATURE 101 (it's at Barnes & Noble), perhaps combined with Foster's HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR.
     
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    I remember seeing that yesterday when I went to B&N. Is it any good? Are all of the books important, or at least a majority of them?
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    There are some really major canonical works there. It's either a good review of stuff you read a while back, or a good way to learn about stuff you haven't read and don't have time to read before Saturday.

    Different prep books work for different people. Best way to pick a prep book for you is to visit it in your local B&N or whatever before you buy - look for the book that meets YOUR needs.
     
  9. skiphill

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    Need help with CSET English

    I am beginning my study/prep for the CSET English on July 16. I appreciate any advice and counsel you can provide, including experiences, notes, study techniques, etc.

    Have concerns abouth the drama section.

    I am a good essayist but it has been 20 plus years since I did any lit crit.

    Someone wrote about a Canon that I should have...

    Please post replies or send emails to me directly: guru@haironfire.com

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
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    help!

    I am an aspiring English teacher. I did not, however, major in English in college and am wondering if I stand a chance of passing the CSET. I am essentially trying to teach the subject material to myself as I have not been able to find any prep courses in my area. TeacherGroupie-I would be very grateful if you would pass your notes on the "Canon" on to me as well. I appreciate any tips anyone has that have not already been posted. Thanks!
     
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    Canon

    I am another aspiring English teacher who would love a copy of the Canon, the crib notes or anything else that may help. Thank you in advance for any help. My email address is:

    johnlaviolette@yahoo.com
     
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    I would love to have a copy of the the Canon as well. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    ocfinelivin@gmail.com
     
  13. skiphill

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    some things I am trying

    I have done some research and found the the following resources:

    1. Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Theory
    2. Teach Yourself Linguistics: 101 Key Ideas
    3. Literary Theory: A very short introduction
    4. SparkNotes Literature 101

    I would like to hear from anyone who has taken any/all of the subtests and can tell me some of the questions and the essay topics.

    thanks

    Steve
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    I know a number of people who weren't English majors and have passed the CSET.

    As to prep classes in your area, CSU San Marcos has a class that's supposed to begin August 3; check the Web site at www.csusm-es.org. If the class cancels, ask to be put in touch with the instructor, who also takes private students.

    I wasn't the one with the notes on the canon, I was one of the ones who recommended SparkNotes Literature 101 - which is basically an overview of the canon, or at least a useful chunk of it. Let me also recommend getting hold of one or more of Norton's anthologies, or books like them: please note that Norton treats English literature and American literature separately, and has world literature in still another set. Nortons are huge and expensive when new, but used bookstores often carry earlier editions at relatively more reasonable prices - and good anthologies are great classroom resources.
     
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    SparkNotes is good.

    Teach Yourself Linguistics 101 Key Ideas is a little muddled; Aitchison's Teach Yourself Linguistics is longer but much better. Stuart Poole has an introduction to linguistics that's a good self-teaching book, though rather British.

    Don't expect specific test questions and essay topics on this forum. To find out why, please read Amanda's posts at the head of the California Credentialing Exams forum and/or the index page to the CSET - Single Subjects subforum.
     
  16. LAUSD Trooper

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    Help Me Pass English CSET

    Greetings TeacherGroupie/
    I saw your posting on recommended readings to pass the CSET and jumped on it. I have a BS in Business (1982) and haven't taken a serious English class since 1977. I need to teach English in September but must first pass this crazy CSET English exam on July 16. I will drive to BORDER's to buy any books you recommend. I know ABSOLUTELY nothing about linguistics or genres. I know no one who has a CLAD book in "how to teach reading." What should I do?
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    QUOTE=TeacherGroupie]Try SparkNotes LITERATURE 101 (it's at Barnes & Noble), perhaps combined with Foster's HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR.[/QUOTE]
     
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  18. skiphill

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    some English homework

    LAUSD trooper:

    Here is what I am studying:

    Subtest I: Literary Theory and Criticsm

    1. Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Theory
    3. Literary Theory: A very short introduction
    4. SparkNotes Literature 101

    II. Language, Linquistics, and Literacy

    1. Linguistics, 101 key Ideas (Horsey)
    2. Teach Yourself Linguistics (Aitchison)
    3. Educating English Learners, (Crawford) (I am concurrently taking a course in English Language Development/ Bilingual Education and this is the text)

    Composition and Rhetoric

    1. How to Prepare for the AP--English language and composition, (Barron's)
    2. How to Read a Book (Adler + Van Doren)
    3. ...Read Lit. Like a Professor (Foster)

    III. Speech, Media, Creative Performance

    I have nothing here. I appreciate any suggestions here

    My approach has been to look at the standards required to pass the exam, and then right a lesson plan for each Subtest, including a timeline passed on the number of hours I have to prepare.

    Hope this helps.

    Steve
     
  19. Sam82

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    Hey MsMclee,
    Sorry folks keep hassling, but I would also love to get a copy of your crib notes...my email's karensgrant@gmail.com Thanks so much
    k
     
  20. miachris21

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    Need Help

    I've read all of the various advice concerning the English CSET which I will be taking in just under three weeks. What is the canon? If anyone has anything they can e-mail me, I would greatly appreciate it!

    Maria Miachris21@sbcglobal.net
     
  21. TeacherGroupie

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    "The canon" is shorthand for (insert here trumpet fanfare)

    Books Everyone Is Supposed to Have Read as an Undergraduate! With Such Substitutions as Accommodate The Research Interests of the Local English Faculty.

    (end fanfare)

    Another way to look at it is that the canon consists of books that are taught in a fair number of survey classes in English lit or American lit. If you don't own a good anthology from your undergrad days, it wouldn't hurt to buy one (used is fine). Scan through the anthology for writers who get a fair number of pages and a good bit of commentary: these would be writers it pays to know about. Study aids that list major hitters in literature are also good choices.
     

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