CSET Test Preparation

Single Subject French

A former test-taker advises, “Do NOT take all three subtests in one day, unless you are extremely confident of all your French skills. Even if you are, it is very rigorous.”

The French frameworks are INVALUABLE www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/allfwks.asp.This is the content you will need to master as a French teacher.

A user-friendly guide: The Ultimate French Review and Practice: Mastering French Grammar for Confident Communication Stillman & Gordon (amazon.com)

Study general linguistics and language acquisition (see below). “There are some difficult questions about linguistics that you wouldn't necessarily expect on a French-specific exam,” one student says.

Practice speaking with peers, professors, etc., prior to the test to ensure you are ready for the oral exam portion. There are two taped self-initiated sessions (each about three minutes), and rewinding to start over is not possible! The proctor will give you a topic to speak about, and then you will speak for the entire taping.

Watch French movies with no subtitles to sharpen your listening skills as a large portion of the test is listening to comprehension questions.

Be familiar with French history, culture, literary figures, and travel.

Make sure to read relevant sections of the CSET Tips page as it contains invaluable strategies to help you do well on test day.

More General Tips and Suggestions to Consider:

Useful websites:
American Association of Teachers of French

“Famous French Links”

French Culture
Encyclopedias, online


Use general Linguistics information: Contemporary Linguistics by O’Grady et al. 5th Ed. Click on Chapter Summaries: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/linguistics/default.asp?s=&n=&i=&v=&o=&ns=0&uid=0&rau=0

Glossary of Linguistic Terms: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/%7Epxc/nlpa/nlpgloss.html#grammar1

French Language

(Source: Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia)

French Tests

ETS offers Praxis Study Guide French Content Knowledge and Productive Language Skills Study Guide
http://www.ets.org/portal/site/ets/menuitem.1488512ecfd5b8849a77b13bc3921509/?vgnextoid=edb32d3631df4010VgnVCM10000022f95190RCRD&vgnextchannel= 1bc25ee3d74f4010VgnVCM10000022f95190RCRD

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