NYSTCE English to Speakers of Other Languages

The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach English to nonnative speakers in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

Language and Language Learning (13% of the exam)
Knowledge of English Language Learners (13%)
ESOL Instructional Planning, Practices, and Assessment (13%)
Instructing English Language Learners in English Language Arts (14%)
Instructing English Language Learners in the Content Areas (14%)
ESOL Professional Environments (13%)
Analysis, Synthesis, and Application (20%)

The test consists of approximately 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE English to Speakers of Other Languages Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is the best method for teaching basic English grammar to fifth graders?
A: Guided practice
B: Lecturing
C: Recitation
D: Transcription

2. A student who had been struggling does extremely well on a lesson about sports. The teacher discovers that the student is an ardent soccer player. This scenario illustrates _____.
A: whole language theory
B: metacognition
C: decoding theory
D: schema theory

3. Which of the following is the best approach for an ESOL teacher trying to introduce students to English-speaking culture?
A: English-speaking culture is one culture among many in the world.
B: English-speaking culture is the most interesting in the world.
C: English-speaking culture will replace the student’s native culture.
D: English-speaking culture is less important than the student’s native culture.

4. The expression “I’m flat broke” is an example of American _____.
A: formality
B: slang
C: idiom
D: innuendo

5. What is the name for a syllable that ends with a vowel?
A: Expressed syllable
B: Open syllable
C: Voweled syllable
D: Restored syllable

Answer Key

1. A. A student will usually only retain a small amount of information related to grammar rules unless he or she is given an opportunity to practice.
2. D. According to schema theory, students are successful in learning new material to the extent that they can make associations with preexisting knowledge.
3. A. ESOL teachers should not favor one culture or another, but they should suggest that all cultures have value.
4. C. Non-English-speaking students often have a hard time mastering idiomatic expressions.
5. B. Spanish has more open syllables at the end of words than English.