ESL Surveys: Love Them!
You’ve probably made your way here because you’re searching for ESL survey ideas. We’ll get to that, but first I’ll tell you why I love ESL surveys so much. I’m convinced that every ESL teacher should be using them every single month in all their classes.
Surveys are one of my favourite ESL activities. If you ask my students, they’ll probably tell you the same thing. I use them at least once a month in all my classes, for a huge variety of topics. They can also be used for just about any level, with the exception of the absolute beginner. Good reading skills and the ability to ask and answer basic questions are the minimum skills required for ESL students surveys.
ESL Surveys are Student-Centred
The goal of most ESL teachers is to have a student-centred classroom. This means that the students are doing most of the work, instead of you! Students are reading, talking, listening, writing, and thinking while you’re mostly facilitating.
ESL surveys are very student-centred- I actually can’t think of an activity that is more so.
ESL Surveys-Practice both Questions and Answers
Surveys for ESL students are great because they get students practicing both questions and answers.
In a traditional teacher-centred classroom, students often don’t get much of a chance to practice asking questions because the teacher does the asking and students do the answering. ESL surveys also encourage active listening-follow up questions require students to listen carefully to their partners’ answers.
ESL Surveys are Perfect for Sleepy and Bored Classes
Another great thing about ESL surveys is that they get students up and out of their seats. The students have to mingle and try to talk to at least 10-15 of their classmates, depending on the length of your survey. Try them out on a Friday afternoon when your students are tired and not behaving well, and you’ll find that it helps them to focus on English. Use them on a Monday morning when the students are sleepy and they’ll be able to speak English!
An Excellent 4-Skills Activity
Finally, I love ESL surveys because they are a 4-skills activity. Students have to read the questions, ask the questions, answer the questions and finally take a few notes about the answers. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are all covered in this ESL activity.
This imitates the real world where students usually don’t focus on any one single activity at a time in isolation. They’re doing all four, often within just seconds or minutes of each other. It’s my goal to replicate the real world in my classroom as much as possible, which is why 4-skills ESL activities are so important. Try to use them as much as possible!
ESL Survey Ideas
If you’re looking for ESL survey ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 6 ESL speaking surveys that I’ve used in my own classes over the years. I designed them to be used for students in South Korea universities. However, these ESL survey questions could be used by most teachers around the world with just a little bit of modifications.
Kids and teenagers love surveys as well, but you’ll have to set up the guidelines pretty carefully. For example, mention that students are to only speak 1-1 with a partner and not in a big group and and that the goal is to have interesting conversations, not finish the activity as quickly as possible. I find that if I don’t set these rules up in advance, it’s usually just a free-for-all, without much real value.
Enjoy these interesting, and engaging ESL survey questions! Clicking the links will take you to the PDF file on this website where you can download and print them.
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