Free MTEL English Language Learners Practice Test Questions

1. An ARD is an ______________ meeting, during which a(n) ________is created for the student by_______________.
  1. Additional Resources Development; Individual Education Plan (IEP); teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and others working with the student 
  2. Admissions, Review, and Dismissal; Individual Education Plan (IEP); teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and others working with the student 
  3. Admissions, Review, and Dismissal; Interim Efforts Policy (IEP); teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and others working with the student 
  4. Additional Resources Development; Immediate Emergency Plan (IEP); teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and others working with the student
2. Scientifically-based, quality classroom instruction involves teaching essential skills, differentiating instruction for the needs of individual students, organizing instruction systematically, and:
  1. Presenting sufficient and meaningful reading and writing experiences for students to practice strategies. 
  2. A and C. 
  3. Reviewing and re-teaching as required to ensure that students have integrated essential content. 
  4. Daily drilling of new material.
3. The new ESL teacher is compiling a file of information for each of her students. Her files include level of L1 education and literacy; level of L2 competency in the four modalities of speaking, writing, listening, and reading; the type of depth of English study the student has undertaken; the student’s interests and personality type; and the most effective learning styles for the particular student. What does the teacher most likely intend to use these files for?
  1. She will use the information they contain to vary her lessons to meet each student’s specific needs. 
  2. She will send them home periodically so that parents can read her notes and sign off on them. 
  3. She will use them to document evidence of what she has covered in class, so that, in the case of a lawsuit, she has a paper trail. 
  4. She will share the students’ files with classmates so they can get to know one another on a more intimate, personal level.
4. Cummins’ Common Underlying Proficiency theory holds that using one language encourages proficiency in both L1 and L2. What is the opposing theory?
  1. Opposing Underlying Proficiency 
  2. Separate Underlying Proficiency 
  3. Anti-Underlying Proficiency 
  4. Oppositive Underlying Proficiency
5. A teacher has decided to incorporate Total Physical Response strategies into her classroom instruction. She will:
  1. Break from academic instruction every hour for 10 minutes of organized exercise 
  2. Involve her students in a series of physical activities in response to her instructions and requests 
  3. Break for academic instruction every hour for 5 minutes of independent exercise 
  4. Break from academic instruction two times a day (excluding lunch) for guided meditation practice and Brilliant Mind exercises

Answers & Explanations


1. B: Admissions, Review, and Dismissal; Individual Education Plan (IEP); teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and others working with the student. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal act that protects students with disabilities, including those with limited English, by entitling them to the same quality of education as non-disabled students. The ARD committee is composed of teachers, parents (or guardians), school administrators, and other appropriate persons. One of their tasks is to create an IEP for each student, which must be followed by all teachers involved in that student’s education.

2. B: A and C. Presenting sufficient and meaningful reading and writing experiences for students to practice strategies and reviewing and re-teaching as required to ensure that students have integrated essential content are part of scientifically-based, quality classroom instruction.

3. A: She will use the information they contain to vary her lessons to meet each student’s specific needs. Because all students are individuals with unique abilities, experiences, and personalities, the most effective teaching methods must allow for modifying lessons to specific, individual needs.

4. B: Separate Underlying Proficiency. According to the Separate Underlying Proficiency theory (SUP), no relationship between L1 and L2 language acquisition exists, because each language is retained by a distinct area of the brain that is in no way connected to an area reserved for another language. Currently this theory is generally disregarded.

5. B: Involve her students in a series of physical activities in response to her instructions and requests. Total Physical Response (TPR) employs physical involvement to make learning more meaningful and easier to retain. A sequence of instructions given by the teacher prompts a succession of detailed actions. Advocates recommend special hands-on training with a trained senior instructor.


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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 9, 2019