CTEL: 1 – Constructed Response – CTEL Official Study Guide and Mometrix sample questions

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CTEL subset 1 asks for one Constructed Response. These are the questions from the CTEL Study Guide and Mometrix book
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Evaluation Systems posts a CTEL exam Study Guide when you register for the test. Here is their sample constructed-response question.
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A variety of sociopolitical factors can affect ELs English language development. In a written response: describe one sociopolitical factor affecting second-language development (eg school program organization, differential status of the primary language or dialect and the target language, language planning and policies, community influences. Describe one strategy for addressing English learns needs with respect to the socio political factor you described and explain how this strategy would e effective in promoting English learner’s English language development.
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Sample Strong Response to CTEL exam Study Guide
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One very important sociopolitical factor affecting English learners language development is how well your school is doing at helping English learners achieve state standards in English Language arts. If students aren’t doing well in ELA, then they lack the language skills needed to do well in other subjects. Poor achievement in school leads to limited potential and employment and higher education later in life. so you need to ask: Are most EL in your school working at grade level in reading, writing listening and speaking? Are most achieving at or above their grade level on the state exams in ELA? Are English learners who take the CELDT demonstrating steady progress in their scores? I the answers to those questions are no, then its important to look for concrete ways to turn these answers to yes! One way that you as a teacher can help address this situation is to set up a teacher sharing group in your school that is devoted to the topic of differentiating instruction fo rEnglish learners, where teachers share instructional strategies they have found effective. This group would provide a place where teachers can learn about strategies for teaching ELD and how to modify strategies they already know for students at different proficiency levels. /the group would meet as often as necessary. Attendance wouldnt be required but should be encouraged. I f you keep the meetings informal and fun, teachers will want to come! And you may even want to invite the principal or other relevant staff which could ensure school wide support. These meetings would be effective strategy because English learners will not make progress if the instruction they receive is either too easy or too hard. Some teachers are better prepared than others to differentiate instruction to accommodate students English proficiency levels. Some teachers in your school may have a lot of experience working with English learners at all proficiency levels, while others only have experience with students at certain proficiency levels and others still may have minimal experience at any level. However, virtually every teacher will have at least one effective strategy that they can share and this will be very empowering and motivating for them. Also by having a \”support group\” to turn to. ALL the teachers in the school will become better teachers of English learners with respect to knowing how to promote the students ELD.
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Mometrix (The book did not give answers)
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Describe a cognitive or linguistic factor that influences our second language acquisition. i.e. learning styles, prior knowledge, positive and negative language transfer, or previous school experience . Describe one instructional strategy for ELL students to address the factor you described. Explain how this strategy furthers ELL language learning relative to the factor you described.
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Mometrix (The book did not give answers)
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Describe one contemporary theory of language acquisition. Describe one method to teach ELL students aligning with the language acquisition theory you described. Explain how this method is compatible with the theory you described. Explain for ELL students. in how this method would promote EL develop.

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