TExES 154 ESL Supplemental Practice Test!

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The 154 ESL exam is supplemental English as a Second Language exam which is passed by a teacher to ensure that the teacher knows essentials of teaching such students whose primary language is not English. This practice test is a scenario of the ESL exam and will let you have tested yourself before giving the actual exam.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Upon enrolling in school, ELL (English Language Learners) are tested to determine their ability to function in English. This is referred to as:
    • A. 

      Linguistics

    • B. 

      Language Proficiency

    • C. 

      Function

    • D. 

      Conversation

  • 2. 
    Mrs. Radomski is preparing a math lesson for her 3rd-grade class.  She has several ELL students in her class. Their language proficiency has been recorded as a Level I, Pre-production. Because of how important it is, Mrs. Radomski has gathered manipulatives, realia, and visuals to use for the math lesson.  Mrs. Radomski should expect the ELL students in her class to respond to her questions during the lesson by:
    • A. 

      Pointing, gesturing, or drawing

    • B. 

      Completing fill in the blank responses

    • C. 

      Answering in complete sentences

    • D. 

      Raising their hands and answering orally

  • 3. 
    When Mrs. Finegan introduces lessons in her ESL classroom, she makes sure that she uses visuals, gestures, and questioning to help the students with concepts that they do not understand. The language that a student is able to understand using this type of instruction (aid contextual clues such as body language, gestures, context, or prior knowledge) is known as:
    • A. 

      Comprehensible input

    • B. 

      Scaffolding

    • C. 

      Linguistic competence

    • D. 

      Content based ESL

  • 4. 
    Marvin says "He want now go eat." Which linguist term best describes this error?
    • A. 

      Syntax

    • B. 

      Morphology

    • C. 

      Phonology

    • D. 

      Semantics

  • 5. 
    Carlos is a second year ESL student who loves his ESL teacher and enjoys going to his ESL class. He likes the other students in his class and enjoys the stories that his teacher shares. Field sensitive learners can be described by all of the following except:
    • A. 

      Is attentive to persons and things in the environment

    • B. 

      Analytical processing

    • C. 

      Like a supportive environment

    • D. 

      Socially preceptive

  • 6. 
    Jose was observed talking to his friends during recess. He was overheard telling Carlos "the dude was driving fast going home." After recess, Jose's teacher asked him to share a moment that surprised him. He told the class "a man was accelerating as he drove home."  The meaning of the sentence was the same but delivered in a different way. This is an example of:
    • A. 

      Social Language

    • B. 

      Psycholinguistics

    • C. 

      Function

    • D. 

      Register

  • 7. 
    School districts in Texas shall by local board policy establish and operate a LPAC (Language Proficiency Committee). Which of the following should the district have on file?
    • A. 

      Policy and procedures for appointment

    • B. 

      Policy and procedures for training of members

    • C. 

      Policy and procedures for selection

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    A first-year ESL teacher uses formal knowledge of the grammar system, phonetic decoding, and rules of usage in her classroom. What type of language approach is she using?
    • A. 

      Cognitive Approach

    • B. 

      Sheltered Approach

    • C. 

      Whole Langauge Approach

    • D. 

      Natural Approach

  • 9. 
    When an ESL teacher incorporates small group learning, which of the following should be used?
    • A. 

      Arrange to ensure equal number of boys and girls

    • B. 

      Change groups every two the three days

    • C. 

      Experiment with different group compositions

    • D. 

      Assign more difficult tasks

  • 10. 
    When an teacher wishes to communicate with an ESL parent on a regular basis, she should use what type of communication?
    • A. 

      Announcements

    • B. 

      Newsletters

    • C. 

      Conversations with parents

    • D. 

      All the above

  • 11. 
    There has been an increase in immigrant students in a local junior high school (Santa Fe Jr. High) whose primary language is not English. The teachers asked the administration for training that would assist them in helping the new students. What type of training would assist the teachers in terms of learning more about their students?
    • A. 

      Submersion Training

    • B. 

      Cultural Diversity Training

    • C. 

      Motivational Training

    • D. 

      Community Awareness Training

  • 12. 
    When their is little or no expressive language, an ESL student is going through what period of learning?
    • A. 

      Early Production Period

    • B. 

      Pre-Production Period

    • C. 

      Silent Period

    • D. 

      Speech Emergence

  • 13. 
    Mr. Guest knows that students learn a second language by using what they already know about their first language. He has encouraged parents of his ELL students to have their children "play" (songs, rhymes, riddles) with the English Language. He does this because language is:
    • A. 

      Acquired at a subconscious level

    • B. 

      Thrives on informal atmosphere

    • C. 

      Requires positive reinforcement

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    Ms. Jackson knows that when positive attention is given a student regarding his/her listening and speaking skills, it helps the student:
    • A. 

      Increase listening and speaking abilities

    • B. 

      Increase listening abilities

    • C. 

      Overcome speech repitition

    • D. 

      Increase thinking abilities

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Spanish

    • B. 

      Native American

    • C. 

      German

    • D. 

      French

  • 16. 
    Mrs. Finegan knows that by providing positive attention to a Marvin's listening and speaking will help him:
    • A. 

      Overcome speech repetition

    • B. 

      Increase listening and speaking abilities

    • C. 

      Increase listening abilities

    • D. 

      Increase speaking abilities

  • 17. 
    • A. 

      A test of reading approved by the Texas Education Agency

    • B. 

      A test of reading and math

    • C. 

      An oral language proficiency test approved by the Texas Education Agency

    • D. 

      A norm-referenced test approved by the Texas Education Agency

  • 18. 
    Level I Pre-production is the first stage of language acquisition. It is characterized by:
    • A. 

      Very good comprehension

    • B. 

      Conversation

    • C. 

      Comprehension and near-native speech

    • D. 

      No verbal production

  • 19. 
    Ms. Criswell, an ESL teacher, has a kindergarten class that has two levels one English Language Level (ELL) students, three level two ELL students and five levels five ELL students. She has invited the parents of the ELL students to school for a meeting to explain that they should encourage their children to “play” with their new language through songs, rhymes, and riddles. She also encouraged the parents to read to their children in the home language. Ms. Criswell shares with the parents that people learn a new language by using what they already know about their primary or first language and by going through some of the same stages of first language development. Why does Ms. Criswell encourage the parents to read to the children in the home language?
    • A. 

      She wants the children to produce expressive language.

    • B. 

      She wants the children to learn cognates.

    • C. 

      She thinks that it will increase the use of idiomatic expressions.

    • D. 

      She knows people learn a second language by using what they already know about their first language.

  • 20. 
    Santa Fe ISD reports student progress to parents of the ELL children that participate in the progams that are offered at each campus at least __________________.
    • A. 

      Weekly

    • B. 

      Monthly

    • C. 

      Annually

    • D. 

      Semi-annually

  • 21. 
    Marvin and Scott are playing in the gymnasium before school. They stop and have a short discussion about the rules for the game. The sentences are short and the questions and answers seem to be complemented by facial expressions and hand gesturing. These children are speaking using which register?
    • A. 

      Casual

    • B. 

      Frozen

    • C. 

      Intimate

    • D. 

      Formal

  • 22. 
    Mrs. Barker is preparing a math lesson for her second-grade class.  She has three English Language Level ( ELL) students in her class.  All three of the students have been assessed and their language proficiency has been recorded as Level I, Pre-Production. She has gathered manipulatives, realia, and plenty of visuals for the math lesson because she knows it will encourage student success.   Mrs. Barker is trying to provide ___________ __________ for her students?
    • A. 

      Pattern Language

    • B. 

      Concurrent Language

    • C. 

      Predictable Language

    • D. 

      Comprehensible Input

  • 23. 
    Mrs. Scales utilizes portfolios to assess and monitor her ELL students achievement during the school year. Portfolios are useful because:  
    • A. 

      They are easy to keep

    • B. 

      They can be used as a self-assessment tool

    • C. 

      Parents can see evidence of their child's progress

    • D. 

      B and C only

  • 24. 
    Mrs. Radomski records observations in a notebook she keeps on her desk. She takes time each day to observe her kindergarten students as they work in different centers in her classroom. She uses the information when she talks to parents about the progress of the children. Which of the following is a running record of an observed behavior or behaviors over a period of time?  
    • A. 

      Check-list

    • B. 

      Portfolio

    • C. 

      Anecdotal Record

    • D. 

      Rubric

  • 25. 
    Language 1 (L1) and Language 2 (L2) have many similarities. Those are:
    • A. 

      Both are developmental and have stages.

    • B. 

      Both are at a subconscious level.

    • C. 

      Both focus on communication and meaning.

    • D. 

      All of the above.