Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by bnorthc, Jun 5, 2012.
Nov 12, 2012
How have you been studying? What materials are you using, and what are you doing with them?
Nov 13, 2012
thats the point i dont know what to study anymore...im just lost i need a new beginning.
I'll guess that you're coming up short on the technical terminology of language teaching. Go to this page (http://www.stanford.edu/~hakuta/www/archives/syllabi/CalTex_SBR/calvstex4.htm) for links on English language development standards and related materials in California and in Texas. Each of these documents contains terminology that you need to know and be able to use.
Nov 17, 2012
thanks but it looks like the webpage is no longer available. I have kinda studied the TEKS but it is a lot and i dont think much of the test is TEKS....any other useful link just pass them my way.
p.s. sorry i hand check back i was busy with school and lesson planning
Um. I found that page while researching stuff for you: try it again.
The point is that teacher materials for these tests tend to use terminology for which you're responsible - and, aside from state-specific programs, the terminology should show broad commonalities from state to state.
Nov 28, 2012
On December 7th is the first time I will take the lote 613 and I am very vervous to fail it. I bought the practice test from texespanish and I am studying those. Do you think those test are not going to help me for the test?
Any tips for the test. Please I really need to pass it in the first time
Jan 20, 2013
Felocity5, Congrats! What did you study? Was there a particular book or online source for Pedagogy that was helpful?
I've taken it 4 times now and am very frustrated.
I am also having problems with the pedagogy and have not had a class or formal training. Is their a book or course you could recommend?
See if you can find a recent edition - 3d ed or later - of Diaz-Rico & Weed's Cultural, Language, and Academic Diversity Handbook. It's pretty thorough, especially if you use the Internet to look up more examples/explanations of specific terms.
Jun 28, 2013
I have also failed the test several times and equally frustrated. I also bought the book recommended and studied. The most frustrating part of taking the test and failing is the feedback is poor on what one is not passing. So this, in turn, makes it very difficult to study for. My college degree is in Spanish, but I cannot seem to pass this test!
who will soon become unemployed if unable to pass LOTE
Hugs, spanish. What sort of feedback are you getting?
Jul 3, 2013
Just the basic scores. There will be times that I will score high on one part of the test then the next time I will score low. It does not make sense to me. Then there is the culture and the paintings. I don't know if I had the correct answer and by the time I am able to get to a computer; I have forgotten the information and unable to study that particular topic. I wish there was a way of knowing what I have done incorrectly, especially in the writing. I will score 3/4 on the memo, but then 0 on the essay? Very frustrating :help:
Jul 10, 2013
I think the 2nd time I took it was better for a few reasons. I brushed up on grammar points, ACTFL standards, and there were actually a lot ESL questions/Texas based questions that I was not expecting the first time. Going in the 2nd time, I was a lot more comfortable and familiar with the process. The first time I misunderstood the on screen directions and ran out of time for one of the sections. I actually did not get to write an entire essay portion of the test and the window closed due the time minimum. Also, the first place I took the test was a horrible environment. I actually got refunded after complaining. So make sure you are comfortable with the setting. The testing center I prefer is Business Communication Solutions - North Austin on Dessau Ridge Lane. Easy parking, more quiet and organized. Now I am it again in ANOTHER state trying to get my 3rd state certification...oh boy! Good luck to all!
You've said your degree's in Spanish, and I'm assuming some of the cultural content would have been in your coursework. I wonder if you might be overthinking the questions a little. Try thinking about how you'd walk someone else through the question.
I'm looking forward to your take on Georgia's version of this test, felicity.
Aug 1, 2013
Taken the Spanish Lote 613 Twice and failed it.
I am proficient in the Spanish language in writing and speaking and I have failed this exam twice. A classmate from my alternative certification program is a Spanish native speaker with a Master´s degree in Education and she has failed this exam. 34% of this exam has nothing to do with ¨Spanish content¨and honestly nobody else has given me any really good insight. I don´t know what to say or do...take the exam a third time, or try and fight City Hall????
By the way, I scored 235 the first time and 236 the second time on the Spanish Lote 613. The second exam was EXACTLY the same as the first one, except I do believe they took away a short essay part in the English language......
Hugs, Jeanah98. Do your score reports give indication of domains in which you're having trouble?
Aug 5, 2013
I have to take the LOTE 613 in September. I've been out of teaching for nearly 15 years, living/working in Mexico. I'm nervous about the test, especially the pedagogy side of things. I'd like to list what all I'm using for prep tools and see if anyone might add anything useful. I'd be much obliged:
1. With regards to Spanish, I'm working through activities in the latest Barron's AP Spanish book/flashcards.
2. With regards to Culture, I'm less prepared (my BA in English, '97). So I'm working through Quizlet flashcards on Spanish/Latin American history, geography, flags, currencies, artists, writers, etc. Not sure what else to do to cram for this portion.
3. As regards Teaching Theory/Assessment/Instruction, I'm reading/re-reading/watching everything I can from here:
sedl dot org site
Basically this goes through all the TEKS for LOTE theories, practices, etc.
I'm also working through all the TExES/ETS materials they provide for preparation (which aren't much!).
I was wondering if I might not benefit from looking around at other/related (bilingual, for example) exams preparations out there to get myself ready for the pedagogy portion.
What else would you all suggest? Thanks for any input!
Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
For the language, AP Spanish should be helpful. You might also snoop around the Web for discussions of Spanish vs. English contrastive grammar and major faux amis (Spanish embarazado does NOT mean 'embarrassed'!) and perhaps for lesson plans for middle-school/high-school Spanish classes.
Having lived abroad should help with the cultural content. Have some idea what the varieties of Spanish are, where they're found, and what characterizes them.
The SEDL site is a highly recommendable resource for literacy; if it's added material on pedagogy in other languages - this will overlap with the concerns of the ESL teacher - that would be grand.
Materials that are packaged for other states' LOTE and ESL exams are quite likely to be useful, yes: the key theories of first and second language acquisition simply don't differ that much from state to state, and it's good mental exercise to figure out how a given state's program acronyms translate into Texican.
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