Students' Opinion Surveys

Trivia sheet

Have students work in small groups. Each group receives a copy of the Survey worksheet. The group should fill in the question, the options and the prediction sections.

To start, have the students put their reply scale on the board. For example:

Choice A London

Choice BParis

Choice C New York City

Choice D Tokyo

After their introduction to the survey question, they pose the question:

Where would you rather live?

The class replies all at once, using their Captur paddles to give their answers. The students should count how many of the class responded with each option.

After all of the votes have been counted, the students can write those tallies on the board, next to the options.

Discussion Option

At this time, the teacher should tell the class to get into small groups to discuss their reaction to the vote tally, and to explain their reasons for their own vote. Even reluctant students seem to be more willing to become engaged in discussions after they have committed to an answer. 

A follow-up vote could be taken later, to see if anyone has changed their minds.

"Remarks" Section

Have students write their own comments on the survey. Did the results align with their predictions? Why (or why not)? Any surprises?

We thought that many students would choose New York City, because it's exciting. But most students said "Tokyo." Maybe they want to speak Japanese and eat Japanese food every day.

We believe that the prediction and the analysis stages help students think more deeply about the activity. These stages also provide good opportunities for expressing themselves in English.

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