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Student Interest Survey

Questions to ask when your classroom is feeling lifeless

Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub

If your classroom is feeling a little lifeless or you are bored with your routine, your students are likely in need of a boost as well. A student interest survey can provide you with inspiration to liven things up even if you are midway through a term.

Write out your own interest survey or print out the questions below. You can also turn this into a listening exercise by having students write answers on a blank sheet of paper as you read out the questions.

Student Interest Survey

1. Which was your favourite classroom activity this year?

2. What is the last book or newspaper you read for pleasure?

3. Which skill do you wish we practised more in class?

4. What types of games do you enjoy playing in class?

5. I prefer to work

  • alone
  • in pairs
  • in small groups
  • as a whole class
  • on a computer

6. Which topics bore you?

7. What is your number one reason for learning English?

8. Name one thing you wish you could do in English (for example: write a resume/email, watch TV).

9. Name the three topics you talk about with your friends the most.

10. Name one thing you would do differently if you were the teacher of this class.

Tips for Teachers

  • Remind students that their answers will not affect their marks.
  • Keep the survey anonymous.
  • Give students at least 15 minutes to complete the survey.
  • Allow students to take the survey home for homework if they request.
  • Make sure your survey is at an appropriate level for your students.
  • After you collect the surveys, make some notes about changes you can make to your class.
  • Consider placing a suggestion box in your classroom.
Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub | March 2010
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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