Teaching English is one thing, but teaching English to speakers of other languages is another. It takes a special certification, and by passing the Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages Exam, you will be well on your way to being certified to teach in around 40 US states and territories. The Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages Exam, 5362, consists of 120 questions.
The test is computer based, and all testers have 120 minutes to complete the 120 selected-response questions. Some of the test questions ask the candidates to choose more than one answer. In addition, some of the questions are listening questions. On the listening questions, testers will have an opportunity to hear a recorded prompt several times.
The Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Exam tests examinee’s knowledge of linguistics and pedagogy. There are six main content categories tested: foundations of linguistics, foundations of language learning, planning and implementing instruction, assessment and evaluation, culture, and professional and advocacy. Each of these sections are aligned with the TESOL/NCATE Standards for the Recognitions of Initial TESOL Programs in P-12 Teacher Education.
The foundation of linguistics category has approximately 22 questions on the test, ranging from questions on phonetics to syntax and semantics. The foundation of language learning category has around 26 questions. These questions test knowledge of literacy development and factors that affect language learning. There are around 28 questions in the planning and implementing instruction category. These questions test whether the examinee knows a variety of instructional delivery models for English learners.
The assessment and evaluation category has around 18 questions. These questions are all about accommodations for state-mandated content-area testing as well as how to interpret assessment data and use it to assist in differentiating instruction for English learners. This section also focuses on how some English language learners may be eligible for special education and/or gifted and talented services.
The culture category has around 13 questions. These questions make sure the tester understands cultural variables and how they affect second-language acquisition.
There are around 13 questions from the professionalism and advocacy category. These questions look at the legal provisions and ethical implications of laws and federal court decisions related to the education of English language learners. Testers will also need to demonstrate knowledge of strategies for consulting with guardians and communications with them about students’ progress and needs.
This is just a brief snapshot about what skills may be tested on the Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages Exam. The best way to prepare for the test is to look at the Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages Exam Practice Test and Practice Questions. Once you pass, you will be one step closer to teaching English to speakers of other languages around the United States.