Preservice Teachers

Services for Bilingual and ESL Preservice Teachers

We work directly with preservice teachers on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, we know first-hand the challenges college students face as they become teachers of excellence.

Our field of expertise is bilingual and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs. To help students in those areas, we have created a series of resources to prepare preservice teachers for today’s new educational and digital landscape.

Below you’ll find resources that we are sure will help you. If you do not see what you are looking for, make sure to contact us. We are here to help you!

English as a Second Language Supplemental Online Course

This preparation course for the English as a Second Language Supplemental Exam (154) is for both preservice and inservice Texas teachers. The course modules cover foundational knowledge about ESL theories and current methods used in K-12 classrooms. You will have access to videos, reading, and printable material in PDF format that you can use to practice for the test. You will be able to apply your knowledge in practical ways with multiple quizzes for the different domains evaluated by the exam. You will also receive tips and strategies that will allow you to answer quickly and effectively when taking the test. You will receive a certificate signed by the instructor attesting to 18 hours of instruction. A course created by Dr. Uvaldina Janecek and Luis J. Hernández. Facilitated by Dr. Uvaldina Janecek.

Bilingual Education Supplemental (164) Preparation Book
Bilingual Supplemental Bookcover

If you must prepare for the Bilingual Education Supplemental exam, this book is your key to success. It provides the necessary information, strategies, and practice to excel on this crucial exam.

You will find a detailed review of key concepts, practices, and strategies essential for effective bilingual education. Learn about different theories and methodologies, instructional strategies for a bilingual classroom, and resources to enhance your teaching. This book aligns with the Bilingual Education Supplemental exam requirements, covering all the competencies, including:

  • Understanding the foundations of bilingual education and the concepts of bilingualism and biculturalism (Competency 001)
  • Comprehending the processes of first- and second-language acquisition and development (Competency 002)
  • Gaining ample knowledge of literacy development and assessment in L1 and the development of biliteracy (Competency 003)
  • Acquiring an in-depth understanding of content area instruction in L1 and L2 (Competency 004)

Access a complete practice exam (with 81 questions) both in this book and online, incorporating all the competencies. In the book, you’ll find an answer key for the practice exam, complete with detailed explanations for each question, enhancing your understanding and aiding your review process. Use it to gauge your readiness and identify areas requiring further review. Additionally, competency-based assessments (with 99 additional questions available online) will help you review your grasp of each competency. These online assessments will provide immediate feedback on your answers to help you deepen your understanding and learn from any mistakes, offering insights into the exam’s logic.

BTLPT Preparation Book (Spanish)
Cover of the book 'Conociendo el BTLPT y cómo prepararte para tener éxito' by Luis J. Hernández L., featuring images of people studying and working, with a stamp indicating the second edition.

This new edition builds on the success and experience accumulated since its first publication, having served as a fundamental guide for hundreds of teachers aspiring to bilingual certification. Thanks to the invaluable comments and suggestions of those who have traveled the path to certification using the first edition, this work has been meticulously improved and expanded, not only to maintain its original strengths but also to incorporate renewed content and cutting-edge pedagogical tools.

This updated version includes, for the first time, access to a digital extension that complements the preparation for the BTLPT with online resources such as videos and practice activities, as well as the possibility of using artificial intelligence to guide candidates in their study process. This new edition is not only designed to provide the information and strategies necessary to take the exam successfully, but also to help candidates organize their ideas logically, manage their time efficiently, use the appropriate academic vocabulary, master the rules of spelling and grammar, and increase the options for active practice with immediate feedback, among other crucial aspects.

The work details the specific components that will be evaluated in the exam, offering practical recommendations and specific tactics for each area, including keyword lists and concrete examples that will serve as models to follow. Likewise, the use of transition words and phrases is emphasized to respond fluently and confidently in the different scenarios of the oral section of the exam.

With the publication of this second edition, the commitment to continue contributing to the success of future bilingual teachers is reaffirmed, providing an even richer and more complete resource. Readers are invited to explore the last section of the book to access these innovative digital resources, designed to enrich and strengthen their preparation for the BTLPT and their professional future as bilingual teachers.

Here are some of the key features of the second edition:

  • Access to a digital extension with online resources, including videos and practice activities.
  • Use of artificial intelligence to guide candidates in their study process.
  • Information and strategies necessary to take the exam successfully.
  • Help candidates organize their ideas logically, manage their time efficiently, use the appropriate academic vocabulary, master the rules of spelling and grammar, and increase the options for active practice with immediate feedback.
  • Details the specific components that will be evaluated in the exam, offering practical recommendations and specific tactics for each area.
  • Emphasizes the use of transition words and phrases to respond fluently and confidently in the different scenarios of the oral section of the exam.
BTLPT Online Course (Spanish)
Person using a laptop with a screen displaying 'Online Study BTLPT' and a mobile phone with the same content, illustrating an online preparation course for the BTLPT exam.

This BTLPT online preparation course will help you get ready to succeed on the BTLPT exam. You will have access to printable material in PDF format that you can use to practice all the different critical aspects that the exam evaluates. You will be able to review your knowledge in practical ways with short tests available in the modules. You will receive tips and strategies that will allow you to write more quickly, effectively, and answer oral questions with greater confidence.

After completing all the course activities, you will have the opportunity to meet with the instructor and receive specific recommendations in the areas you need to improve to be successful on the exam. During these two meetings, you will receive additional practice activities, and the instructor will be able to answer any questions you might have about the BTLPT.

You can complete this online course at your own pace. It has been organized into the following modules:

  1. Introduction (What is the BTLPT and how to start preparing for the test)
  2. Speaking Spanish
  3. Academic vocabulary
  4. Academic vocabulary (Printable Activities)
  5. Domain I: Listening Comprehension
  6. Domain II: Reading Comprehension
  7. Domain III: Oral Expression
  8. Domain IV: Written Expression
  9. How to continue preparing and practicing for the exam
  10. Writing assignments and meetings via Zoom with the instructor.
Free eBook (Spanish)
Cover of the free eBook 'BTLPT ¿Dónde comenzar?' by Luis J. Hernández L., featuring images of people studying and working, with recommendations and online resources for BTLPT preparation.

In this free eBook, you will find a guide to help you take the first steps in the preparation process to pass the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test. We cover the following topics:

  • What is the BTLPT?
  • How is the test organized?
  • How could you prepare every day?
  • Free preparation resources
  • Additional resources online
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BTLPT Free Webinar (Spanish)
BTLPT Webinar Gratuito

This webinar covers the Spanish language proficiency test known as BTLPT (Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test). This exam has been designed to determine if you have the communication skills in Spanish that an educator needs to work as a certified bilingual teacher in Texas public schools.

We’ll cover the exam structure, what you’ll be expected to do in each area, and how to start preparing to pass this test successfully.

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