Posted tagged ‘surveys’

Party Poll: A speaking activity

December 1, 2010

Step 1 – Copy enough survey sheets so that each student receives one. (See below for printable copies.) For groups larger than then, you may make doubles or create additional surveys on other topics. Note: These questions (especially the first five sets) were written for adult learners.

Step 2 – Give each student one survey sheet. Ask them to review their four questions, use a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words, and add a fifth question.

Step 3 – Tell students that they will have 10-15 minutes to talk with up to 5 different classmates. During each exchange, they must take turns asking and answering questions. Answers can be kept brief and should be noted on the survey sheet in the appropriate boxes. If the number of students is odd, allow for a grouping of three.

Step 4 – After the Q&A period, have students sit down and review the information collected. They must prepare to share this information with the class and draw at least one conclusion based on their findings. Write prompts on the board to facilitate their mini presentations. Suggestions:

            3 out of 5 people said that…

            2 out of 5 people think that…

            I asked 5 people (….), and everyone agreed that…

            I asked 5 people (…), and no one believed that…

            Based on all these answers, I believe…

            Considering all this information, I’d say that…


To review question formation, scramble the questions and ask students to correctly write them before the Q&A period.

Printable copy of instructions for the teacher: Party Poll_instructions for teacher

Printable Student Survey Sheets: Party Poll_student sheets

The Power of Polls

April 9, 2010

I’ve suggested use of polls and surveys in the past. Those ideas included activities to target:

The above activities were designed with intermediate and advanced students in mind. What about beginners? How can polls assist those with a limited amount of language, especially in terms of reading and writing? I began to think about this as I dropped my son off today at kindergarten.  I was struck by the delight he takes in participating in the daily poll. It’s a simple sheet of paper posted on the wall next to the door. The teacher updates it every morning.  As students arrive, they read and take the daily poll. Sometimes they assist one another with the reading, but each child does his or her own writing. Imagine if during one week the questions were all similar in format. Then unfamiliar words would likely be recognizable words (sight words) by the end of the week. The questions could make use of target vocabulary: colors, emotions, numbers, etc.

Model A: You can create two columns YES and NO and have students write their names in the appropriate column. This tests their ability to read target words, in this case the names of colors, and write their first names.

                Monday: Are you wearing RED today?

                Tuesday: Are you wearing BLUE today?

                Wednesday: Are you wearing GREEN today?

                Thursday: Are you wearing BLACK today?

                Friday:  Are you wearing YELLOW today?

Model B: You can create a list of the students’ names. The students must write their answer next to their name. This tests their ability to recognize their names, read target words, and rewrite those words.

                Monday: Are you TIRED or NOT TIRED today?

                Tuesday: Are you HAPPY or SAD today?

                Wednesday: Are you HUNGRY or NOT HUNGRY now?

                Thursday: Are you COLD, HOT, or OKAY now?

                Friday:  Are you THIRSTY or NOT THIRSTY now?


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