TEFL Questionnaire – how adult students learn English as a foreign language
Completed anonymously by x2 Polish and x1 Lithuanian adult students August 2019.
1. What is the most effective way you learn English as a foreign language?
- Conversations in English and to study grammar separately.
- Private lessons with a Native English teacher (speaking and doing exercises).
- Watching TV and reading in English (using new phrases which helps improve my academic writing).
2. Do you study grammar step-by-step or prefer English conversation?
- I study grammar in school, but, I prefer English conversation with friends when we speak in both Polish/ English.
- It depends, if I have a test at school then grammar is important. But, I prefer conversations in English. Without my knowledge of grammar I wouldn’t be able to understand anything.
- I never studied grammar correctly, therefore, writing University thesis was challenging.
3. What effect does listening to music have on learning English as a foreign language?
- When I translate lyrics in songs it enriches my vocabulary.
- Learning children’s songs in school when I was young had a lasting effect on me. However, nowadays it doesn’t because I focus on melody, not lyrics.
- For me it doesn’t work.
4. How does watching TV series and films in English with English subtitles help you acquire language skills?
- Watching films with English subtitles for some is very helpful in learning a foreign language, however, for me its quite difficult.
- Its very helpful! I watch many series in English with English subtitles and have an English dictionary by my side. I learnt a lot of new words this way and continue to improve sentence structure.
- Subtitles force you to read, so its helpful.
5. Imagine you are presented with a once in a life time opportunity to have fame and fortune or make your dreams come true provided that you can speak English. How do you think you could learn the language quickly?
- In this case I would learn new words (a lot of vocabulary and then grammar rules).
- I would go abroad for a few weeks or to a language camp where I would have full contact with English 24/7.
- Being in an environment where you can only speak and get by using English.
6. Have you ever used any unusual methods of learning English as a foreign language? (Such as sticking notes around the house or labelling everything from the toaster to a straw)
- I always try to emphasise and write down important phrases and texts in English.
- No, I learn everything the normal way (in school).
7. How many hours a day do you dedicate to learning English as a foreign language?
- About 2 hours a week (not enough).
- It depends, if I have a test in a week then I would devote 5 hours a day. Generally I don’t learn; I watch TV series or read in English.
- Dating a Native English speaker.
8. Do you know anything about British culture, customs, idioms or what it’s like to immerse yourself in an English speaking environment?
- I often buy British newspapers such as The Guardian which has interesting topics connected to Culture.
- I know some information about British culture and I do my best to study more.
- Yes, more or less… I have many friends from the UK.
9. What is the worst thing about learning English as a foreign language?
- Not having the opportunity to know if it is correct in practical usage.
- Grammar! Abbreviations and English tests.
- Articles and pronunciation.
10. How do you use technology to learn English as a foreign language?
- I often use applications for learning English because my phone is always by my side.
- Using social media and reading stories in English.
- I don’t use technology to improve my English.