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Captur Paddles and Opinion Surveys

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Captur paddles are a good way for you to capture your students' opinions. A simple 4-choice survey allows them to respond to various questions with their own answers, which means that they listen to the input, evaluate the meaning, weigh their response, and then show you their answers with their answer paddles. This article gives you a general overview of surveys with Captur paddles.

 Likert Items

Likert items are options to choose from that are arranged as a scale. For example:

A I like it.

B I like it a little.

C I don't like it very much.

D I don't like it.

With this on the board, the teacher can ask a host of questions that student can respond to.

  • Do you like vanilla ice cream?
  • Do you like ice hockey?
  • What do you think of camping?

and so on. The teacher could then change "it" to "them" and ask a few more questions:

  • Do you like dogs?
  • How do you feel about snakes?

An agreement scale can include a non-scale item that asks for more information:

A I agree.

B Yes and no (I agree to part, but I disagree with part).

C I disagree.

D I need more information to form an opinion

Other Options

The choices do not have to be scaled by degree.

A Tokyo.

B New York.

C Paris.

D London.

A mix of option items could also let you mix opinion with factual questions. Including a few factual questions will help you determine whether or not all of the students are actually listening. For example,

  • Which city would you rather visit on vacation?
  • Which city is in Japan?
  • Which city has the best baseball team?
  • Which city is closest to our classroom?

 A survey can also contain four items about two choices, such as:

A dogs

B cats

C both dogs and cats

D neither dogs nor cats

 Questions include

  • Which are better pets, dogs or cats? (As an opinion, answers vary.)
  • Which can climb trees, dogs or cats? (No one should answer "dogs" for this one.)

Include Discussion Time

An option is to let students discuss their answers before showing them. If the students can do this in the target language, it's a great chance for some real communication, and the "deadline" imposes a sense of urgency that will help maintain a degree of excitement.

Another option is to have students answer twice, with discussion in between. Here's how that would work:

  1. Ask the question, collect answers.
  2. (Option: Tell students how many people "voted" for each option.)
  3. Students talk together in small groups. They try to pursuade the other students to their point of view.
  4. Ask the question again, and collect answers again.

These are a few ideas for using surveys in class with your Captur paddles.

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