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									Transition Survey for Level 2 (secondary/middle/higher/junior
high/lower secondary school) Teachers

The School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, UK, in conjunction with the
British Council is carrying out a survey of teachers’ experiences of teaching English to
children between the ages of approximately 9 and 14 as they move from their initial level of
compulsory schooling (usually primary/elementary school, Level 1) to the next level of the
school curriculum (Level 2). This move is often called ‘transition’.

Transition takes place at different stages and at a variety of ages in different countries and
may involve the move from: primary/elementary school to secondary school curriculum,
primary/elementary school to middle school curriculum, primary/elementary school to
high/junior high school curriculum, preparatory school to lower secondary school curriculum.
Because of these differences from country to country, in this project, we refer to the last year
of the initial level as Level 1 and the first year of the higher level as Level 2.

If you teach English to transition students at Level 1 or Level 2, we would like to invite you to
complete this survey. It should take you about 20 minutes. The aim of the project is to make
recommendations for improving the experience of this transition period for children and
teachers and to offer practical suggestions for making the transition easier.

The survey is anonymous. However, if you are willing to be contacted by us for a follow-up
discussion or would like to receive a copy of the outcomes, please give your contact details
at the end of the survey.

If you fully complete the survey, you will also have the chance to win one of the newest
books on 'teaching listening': Burns, A. & J.C. Richards (2012). Tips for teaching listening: A
practical approach. White Plains, NJ: Pearson. http://www.pearson.com.au/student/english-
language/product-listing-page/product-details-page/?isbn=9780132314831

You can find more details on the last page of the survey. You can find out more about the
project at http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/centres-institutes/language-education-
research

If you have any questions, please contact:

Professor Anne Burns (a.c.burns@aston.ac.uk)
Dr Muna Morris-Adams (m.m.adams@aston.ac.uk)

Please return the completed survey per email to j.schwarz@aston.ac.uk

Or post to Dr Juliane Schwarz, Centre for Language Education Research at Aston CLERA),
Room N911A, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle,
Birmingham B4 7ET, United Kingdom




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   1. ABOUT YOU

1. Country where you work: ______________________________________

2 Your nationality: _____________________________________________

3 Your gender:          male             female

4. Have you had any special training to help your students move from level 1
(primary/elementary/preparatory school) to level 2 (secondary/middle/higher/junior
high/lower secondary school) English?

   Yes             No

5. If yes, please indicate the type of training you have had in helping your students to
move from level 1 to level 2 (Please tick all that apply)

       A special course
       An external workshop
       As part of a teaching qualification
       School-based training
       Other (Please specify)




6. Please give some information about the content of training:




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7. Which students do you currently teach (Please select the ones you teach most
often if you teach both)?

       Level 1 (final year of primary/elementary/preparatory school) – please
       complete the survey for level 1 teachers

       Level 2 (first year at secondary/middle/higher/junior high/lower
       secondary school)


2. ENGLISH TEACHING AT LEVEL 2: ABOUT YOUR LOCAL
CONTEXT
8. In your country, approximately how many hours of English do children have
each week in their first year of level 2 (first year at
secondary/middle/higher/junior high/lower secondary school)?




9. In your opinion, this is:

       The right amount
       Too little
       Too much

10. Are the English lessons at level 2:

       Mostly informal (games, songs, stories)
       Mostly formal (grammar and vocabulary exercises,
       reading and writing)
       Both formal and informal

11. Do children take English examinations before they come to level 2 schools in
your country?
       Yes
       No (Please go to question 14)
       Not sure

12. If yes, do their English examination results influence which level 2
(secondary/middle/higher/junior high/lower secondary) schools they can go
to?
        Yes
        No
        Not sure

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13. Do their English examination results influence which English class they are
placed in?
      Yes
      No
      Not sure

14. At what age do children enter level 2 in your country?




15. Approximately how many different level 1 schools do the children come from?




16. In your view, are the students who move from level 1 school English teaching in
your country well prepared for learning English in level 2 schools?
       Yes
       No
       Maybe
 Please give your reasons




17. Please add any further comments about learning English and the students’ move
from level 1 to level 2 in your local context.




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3. ENGLISH TEACHING AT LEVEL 2: ABOUT YOUR STRATEGIES TO
HELP STUDENTS MOVE
18. Do you use any of the following strategies to help students move from level 1
(final year of primary/elementary/preparatory school) to level 2 (first year at
secondary/middle/higher/junior high/lower secondary school) English learning?

                                                          OFTEN   SOME    RARELY   NEVER   NOT
                                                                  TIMES                    POSSIBLE
1 I find out what course books are used to teach
English at level 2 school(s).
2 I contact the level 1 teachers to get copies of the
syllabus /materials they use teaching English.
3 I have discussions with my students about what
they have learned in the last year at level 1.
4 I ask my students to tell me what they would like to
practice in preparation for learning level 2 school
English.
5 I work with other teachers in my school to provide
extra support to students who moved from level 1
schools.
6 I work with teachers in other level 2 schools to
discuss how to support students who moved from
level 1 schools.
7 I take my students to visit other first year level 2
school classes to practice what they are learning.
8 I host visits from teachers who are teaching
students English in last year of level 1 schools.
9 I provide information in the students’ first language
about what they can expect in level 2 schools
English classes.
10 I spend time helping students by revising the
English they have already learned.
11 I spend time explaining to my students the
differences between learning English in level 1
school and learning English in level 2 school.
12 I go to the level 1 schools and help to teach some
lessons to students in their final year.
13 I go to the level 1 schools and answer students'
questions about moving to level 2 school English.
14 I invite children from the last year level 1 school
classes to talk to my students.
15 I organise group information sessions for parents
to discuss how they can help their children learn in
level 2 school.
16 I organise individual sessions for parents to
discuss how they can help their children learn in
level 2 schools.

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19. From the answers in 18 above, write the numbers of the most useful ideas on the
line.

Most useful                              ______________________

Second most useful                       ______________________

Third most useful                        ______________________



4. ENGLISH TEACHING AT LEVEL 2: YOUR SCHOOL’S STRATGIES
SUPPORTING TRANSITION

20. Does your school do any of the following to support the move towards level 2
(secondary/middle/higher/junior high/lower secondary school) English? (Please tick
all that apply):

                                                                         Yes     No
1 Make contact with the level 1 school English teachers?
2 Organise meetings of level 1 and level 2 English teachers?
3 Develop materials to help students use the English they know?
4 Help English teachers prepare relevant teaching materials?
5 Provide the English syllabus used at level 1 schools?
6 Host visits for students from level 1 school classes?
7 Host visits for parents of students who are moving?
8 Hold workshops for first year level 2 English teachers?
9 Have a policy to help students who are moving?


21. Please add any other strategies that you or your school use to help your students
move to learning English at level 2 schools. In particular we are interested in
examples of successful experiences.




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5. ENGLISH TEACHING AT LEVEL 2: ABOUT YOUR VIEWS

22. Which of the following statements reflect your views. Tick all that apply:

       Moving from level 1 school English is handled well in my teaching situation
       Moving from level 1 school is handled poorly in my teaching situation
       Learning English in level 1 schools is valuable preparation for level 2 English
       In level 2 school English, students can easily continue what they have already
       learned
       Students who have learned English in level 1 schools will do better in level 2
       schools than those who have not
       Students who have not learned English in level 1 schools will do just as well
       as those who have

23. What is your biggest challenge in your teaching of English to students who have
moved from level 1 to level 2?




24. What is the most positive aspect of teaching of English to students who have
moved from level 1 to level 2?




25. If you could make one recommendation to your ministry of education about how
to improve students’ move from level 1 to level 2 school English, what would it be?




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26. If you could make one recommendation to your school about how to improve
students’ move from level 1 to level 2, what would it be?




27. If you have any other comments about students moving from level 1 to level 2
English, please add them here.




6. ENGLISH TEACHING AT LEVEL 2: MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
YOU

28. Your age: _________________________

29. Your highest level of education:

       Secondary
       Bachelor’s (1st level degree)
       Master’s (2nd level degree)
       Doctorate
       Other please specify




30. Years of experience teaching English language:

       0-4             5-9               10-14   15-19     20-24        25+

31. Years of experience teaching English at level2:

       0-4             5-9               10-14   15-19     20-24        25+


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32. Type of level 2 institution you teach English in most often:
      Private      State      Other (please specify)




33. Location of your institution:

       Urban area
       Rural area

34. What kind of training have you received for teaching English (Please tick all that
apply)

       I received training as part of my university/college qualification
       I did a specialist course in addition to my university/college qualification
       I have attended less than 10 workshops in teaching English
       I have attended 10 and more workshops in teaching English
       None
       Other (please specify)




7. ENGLISH TEACHING AT LEVEL 2: ABOUT YOUR CLASSES

35. How many English classes (i.e. groups of students, not lessons) do you teach
each week?
_______________________________

36. How many English classes in the first year of level 2 do you teach each week?
____________________________

37. How many children are in the first year of level 2 English classes on average?
(Tick one)

       1-10            11-20             21-30   31-40          41-50         50+

38. How is English teaching organised in your school?
      I teach all subjects, including English
      I teach English and some subjects
      I only teach English
      Other (please specify)

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8. YOUR CONTACT DETAILS

70. If you are willing to be contacted for a follow-up interview, please give your
contact details:

Name: ____________________ Email Address: ________________________

71. If you would like to receive a copy of the outcomes of the project, please leave
your contact details here:

Name: _____________________ Email Address:___________________________

72. If you                                          would like to be entered in a
prize draw to                                       win: Tips for teaching listening:
A practical approach by Professor Anne Burns and A. & J.C. Richards published
2012. Please enter your details below. We will contact the winner via email.

Name:______________________ Email Address:__________________________


9. THANK YOU AND FURTHER CONTACT

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK OTHER COLLEAGUES TEACHING STUDENTS
MOVING FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY SCHOOL TO COMPLETE THIS
SURVEY.

You can find out more about the project at:
http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/centres-institutes/language-education-research

If you have any questions, please contact

Professor Anne Burns (a.c.burns@aston.ac.uk)
Dr Muna Morris-Adams (m.m.adams@aston.ac.uk)

THANK YOU – YOUR HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED

Please return the completed survey per email to j.schwarz@aston.ac.uk
Or post to Dr Juliane Schwarz, Centre for Language Education Research at Aston CLERA),
Room N911A, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle,
Birmingham B4 7ET, United Kingdom




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