First of all, it is essential to know the weightage of the English Section in various Teaching exams.
|DSSSB PRT||20 Marks|
|KVS PRT||10 to 20 Marks|
|Army Public School (AWES)||10 to 12 Marks|
|MP TET||30 Marks|
|HTET||10 to 12 Marks|
Let's check out Important topics for English Language (Grammar Section):
- Reading Comprehension
- Spotting Errors/Sentence Errors/Improvements
- Para Jumbles
- Fillers (Single/double)
- Cloze test
- Phrasal verb
- Para Jumbles
- Questions on Synonym and Antonym
- Spelling error
- Error Detection
Mentioned above are the most important sections of the English Language. We are discussing some strategies to help aspirants in attempting the questions related to these topics :
- Reading Comprehension: This is the most important part of any competitive exam or qualifying exam in the English section. Candidates can easily one to two passages (unseen passages) or in poem form. Each passage has a set of five to six questions. To make sure that you can solve such questions, you should be in the habit of reading passages online or in newspapers daily. Improving your command over vocabulary will help you in solving vocabulary-based questions such as synonyms and antonyms, Idioms & Phrases, One-word Substitution.
- Cloze Test: In the questions of the Cloze Test, there is a paragraph with blanks. Candidates are given choices to fill the correct option against every blank. All the options are similar in nature, so candidates need to have a strong vocabulary to be able to attempt these questions correctly.
- Para Jumbles: The questions of para jumbles are a bit tricky, where you are required to arrange the set of sentences to form a meaningful paragraph.
- Error Detection: In these questions, either a large sentence will be broken down into parts, where one part contains an error or the second type error correction question include a set of sentences, and you are required to identify the sentence which contains an error.
- Synonym and Antonym: From this topic questions related to word meaning & their opposite is being asked. It is necessary to read the newspaper daily to remember new words.
Tips to secure good marks in the English Language:
- Unseen Passage: Unseen passage is one section in which candidates can score a great deal. Before reading the passage, take a cursory glance at the questions related to the passage. Now read the passage and underline sentences or phrases which match those in the questions. This will help you attempt answers more quickly, thus saving time. To prepare for unseen passages, practice past year question papers, and mock tests.
- Grammar: The only way to score well in the grammar section is by practising as much as you can. Many candidates fall short in this particular section. Practice as many mock tests & previous year's question papers as you can. Also attempt chapter-wise questions which will help to focus on individual topics such as tense, voice, speech, etc. Most candidates find it tough to deal with English Grammar. They thus tend to ignore it. Instead of ignoring it, just tackle it and work on your weaknesses. Wren & Martin is an excellent book, using which, one can improve Grammar knowledge.
- Time management is crucial: Decide in advance how much time you want to allot to the English section. As there is no sectional timing.
- Pay attention while reading questions: Many candidates are in such a hurry to begin writing their papers that they do not understand what answer the question is demanding. Read all the questions carefully and understand what it demands and only then write down your answers.
Tips to secure good marks in English Pedagogy
- Practice/Attempt English Pedagogy Mock test
There are many mock tests available online. Try to attempt them as much as possible. The more you solve them, the more confidence you will get.
- Revise previous year's question papers
Revise past year's question papers as possible. That will give you an idea as to what to expect in the exam. CTET repeats questions often, so the practice of question paper gives you a fair idea about the paper pattern and the level of questions.
- Attempt the questions wisely Since there is no negative marking in CTET. So try to attempt as many questions as possible. It will help to gain more CTET scores. For selecting the most appropriate option for a question, use the elimination method. Read all the questions very carefully. Still don't devote much time to a single question.
- Revise daily. It is advisable to revise the English Language early in the morning as during the morning time our mind is full of energy and we can grasp it easily.