LOTE: Languages Other Than English - Spanish (613)
What is the LOTE?
This exam is designed to measure your ability to teach Spanish as a second language to learners of all ability levels.
You must demonstrate a strong mastery of language acquisition pedagogy, best teaching practices, Spanish language and culture, and the ability to read, listen to, and understand complex texts in Spanish.
You will also be asked to show your writing skills by reading texts and responding to writing prompts.
The test takes up to 5 hours and contains 120 multiple-choice questions and 8 constructed-response tasks.
The LOTE exam is divided into 7 sections. View and download my handy cheat sheet below!
How is the test scored?
You need to know how the scorers will decide how many points your oral and written responses receive. They will evaluate your answers to these tasks based on the rubrics below and give it a score of 0, 1, 2, or 3. In order to pass, you should learn the criteria to receive a 2 or 3, so you will see only those categories below.
Print these rubrics, highlight keywords, and evaluate your practice answers against these bullet points. Work to improve the areas where you notice you consistently have trouble. If you need more help interpreting the rubric or want feedback on your responses, come to a Weekend Workshop!
Email and Essay in Spanish Rubric
Integrated Writing in Spanish Rubric (Write about a text)
Integrated Speaking in Spanish Rubric (Speak about a text)
Oral Presentation in Spanish Rubric
Simulated Conversation in Spanish Rubric
Lesson Plan in English Rubric
Pedagogy Essay in English Rubric
|Exam Dates||Score Report Date|
|7/26/2021 - 8/8/2021||8/20/2021|
|8/23/2021 - 9/5/2021||9/17/2021|
|9/20/2021 - 10/3/2021||10/15/2021|
|10/18/2021 - 10/31/2021||11/12/2021|
|11/15/2021 - 11/28/2021||12/10/2021|
|12/13/2021 - 12/26/2021||1/7/2022|
|1/10/2022 - 1/23/2022||2/4/2022|
|2/7/2022 - 2/20/2022||3/4/2022|
|3/7/2022 - 3/20/2022||4/1/2022|
|4/4/2022 - 4/17/2022||4/29/2022|
|5/2/2022 - 5/15/2022||5/27/2022|
|5/30/2022 - 6/12/2022||6/24/2022|
LOTE Event Calendar
If you want to pass the LOTE on your next try, let me help you get there. In this thorough workshop, we will break down each section of the LOTE exam in detail, learn what and how to study, and practice each section.
Day 1 is on Saturday, 9 am to 11 am CST, and covers the test tasks that will be completed in Spanish, including the integrated speaking and writing, essay, email, and the simulated conversation.
Day 2 is on Sunday, 9 am to 11 am CST, and covers the test tasks that will be completed in English, including the essay, pedagogy questions, and the lesson plan.
Along with a small group of teachers, you’ll participate in practice activities, ask questions and get feedback.
Registering includes a recording of both days of the workshop, access to my Quizlet pedagogy collection, and a bonus study resources pack!
Sign up and join my growing list of Spanish teacher success stories!
|August 14/15||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|September 11/12||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|October 9/10||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|November 6/7||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|January 15/16||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|February 12/13||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|March 12/13||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|April 9/10||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|May 7/8||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
|June 4/5||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST|
Ready to practice what you’ve been studying? I’ve created original, simulated test items so you can practice and get feedback!
We’ll spend an intense hour together, speaking, listening, reading, and writing at a high level of professional, academic Spanish and pedagogy.
Don’t worry, I’ll help you feel confident and comfortable and we’ll work together to improve your performance on the test.
I have confidence that this will be an enjoyable and productive hour of high-quality practice and you’ll leave feeling happy that you came and better prepared for your test.
Looking for help with the lesson plan?
If you learn how to use all available information to build a lesson plan that engages and teaches students, not only will you write a super lesson plan, but you’ll learn a lot of other information you’ll need as a teacher. I don’t just want you to pass this test, I want you to become an effective teacher!
Sundays, study sessions focus on how to write a 3-day lesson plan that shows that you know how to teach students to improve their Spanish because you WILL know. I can teach you how. It will be up to you to put the work in, but in the end, you’ll agree with me that the hard work was worth it. This is an excellent profession and you deserve to be here. So when do you want to start?
|August||8th August/3PM to 4PM CST||10th August/6PM to 7PM CST|
|September||5th September/3PM to 4PM CST||7th September/6PM to 7PM CST|
|October||3rd October/3PM to 4PM CST||5th October/6PM to 7PM CST|
|November||2nd November/6PM to 7PM CST||4th November/6PM to 7PM CST|
|November||28th November/3PM to 4PM CST||30th November/6PM to 7PM CST|
|January||23rd January/3PM to 4PM CST||25th January/6PM to 7PM CST|
|February||20th February/3PM to 4PM CST||22nd February/6PM to 7PM CST|
|March||20th March/3PM to 4PM CST||22nd March/6PM to 7PM CST|
|April||17th April/3PM to 4PM CST||19th April/6PM to 7PM CST|
|May||15th May/3PM to 4PM CST||17th May/6PM to 7PM CST|
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Flipgrid is a free, online, audio and video discussion tool that lets you record your responses to posted questions, comment on the responses of others, and receive feedback on your response.
Our Flipgrid contains practice oral expression tasks and academic discussions for practice speaking Spanish in a professional register and educational context.
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Practice your Reading Comprehension here
- https://elpais.com/ – Choose from science, culture, or education and learn many new words!
- http://elmundo.com/ – This is another great news site with articles in science, culture, and education.
- AP Spanish Reading Comprehension Practice Questions – The AP Spanish test is designed by the same company as the BTLPT and there are many similarities between the two tests.
- Released STAAR Reading Comprehension Practice Questions – While the level of rigor isn’t as high, released STAAR tests will give you excellent practice reading a text and answering questions.
- https://www.colorincolorado.org/es – This website has lots of information in Spanish for bilingual educators.
Improve your Listening Comprehension here
- https://www.spanishpodcasts.net/ – This comprehensive list of podcasts will give you plenty of choices! For the best practice, choose topics in science, art/culture, education, or folklore.
- http://www.spanishlistening.org/content/topic.php?topic=cultures&level=highadvanced – This resource will help you practice listening to a variety of accents, recording quality, and background noise. Choose intermediate or advanced levels and select “all topics”.
- https://www.speakinglatino.com/spanish-listening-comprehension-resources/ – This is a collection of 11 different sites for practice, some free and some paid.
- https://radioambulante.org/ – This is a high-quality podcast on a variety of topics.
- https://cienciaes.com/ciertaciencia/ – This is a podcast that focuses on scientific developments.
- https://www.ted.com/playlists/518/ted_talks_en_espa%C3%B1ol – These are engaging talks on a variety of topics at a high level of fluency and academic vocabulary.