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May 11, 2007

Surveys- Do your students want to be studying English?

Hello Readers,

In the ideal world, ESL students are highly motivated individuals who enjoy learning English, need it to function in life, and genuinely want to be in your classroom. Many textbooks assume this to be the case, as do many teachers when they create their lesson plans. It seems reasonable to think that students would only pay for English lessons if they really wanted them. Unfortunately...

this isn't always the case. Sometimes, it's the parents that are overly eager to have their children master English. Other times, a private English language school can be seen as more of a place to meet people than as a place to learn a language.

So, what are your students like? Do you think they want to be studying English? Or would they rather be hanging out with their friends elsewhere?

This month's survey question is: How many of your students want to be studying English?

To place your vote, go to the ESL Employment forum here: http://www.esl-jobs-forum.com/viewtopic.php?p=4911#4911

Don't forget that you'll have to either register or log in before you can take part in the poll. (But don't worry, it's free!)

Question: How many of your students want to be studying English?

1) Less than 25%

2) Approximately 25%

3) Approximately 50%

4) Approximately 75%

5) More than 75%

Anything missing from the above choices? Feel free to share additional ideas by commenting below!

If you have further comments about teacher meetings in your school, feel free to comment below. It'd be interesting to hear from you!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for other interesting surveys (and their resultes) about the ESL industry? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at May 11, 2007 04:30 AM

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