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					                FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH SURVEY



Name:……………………………………………………………………


Centre name:……………………………………………………………



Post Code:……………………………………………………………….


This survey relates to the Students’ Booklet and the accompanying
PDF of the Teacher’s Book and the interactive e-resources available
at www.nelsonthornes.com/aqa_functional_skills/english_free.htm.

All personal details will remain strictly confidential. Please be as
honest and open with your answers as possible. Your feedback will
be invaluable in ensuring that these resources are developed in line
with your needs

Please return your completed survey to:
Market Research Department
Nelson Thornes
FREEPOST SWC0498
Cheltenham
GL53 7ZZ


Thank you.
                Nelson Thornes – Functional English Survey – June 2007

Teaching Functional English

Q1.    How do you anticipate incorporating Functional English into your
       scheme of work?
Teach and assess in KS3 for all but lowest ability to get it ‘out of the way’. 
Teach and assess along side GCSE                                               
Teach as a separate course in KS4 for lower ability students only              
Teach GCSE as normal and simply include the Functional Skills                  
standards into the scheme of work
Other (please specify)


Q2. How do you think you will resource your chosen delivery method?
Buy a dedicated Functional English textbook to make sure everything is 
being covered
Buy KS3/GCSE texts with Functional English incorporated                
Make do with existing resources, supplemented from other sources       
Other (please specify)                                                 


Q3. Who will be teaching Functional English within your centre?
Just English specialists                                                           
Just non-specialists                                                               
A mixture of specialists and non-specialists                                       
Other (please specify)



Q4.   Some key areas focused on in Functional English are listed below.
      (a) Please indicate how confident you feel in delivering each one.
      (b) Please tick the right hand box for each area that you think
      students may struggle with.

‘Real life’ texts
(a)        Very          Quite          Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
      confident in    confident in    confident in     confident in      may struggle
        delivering     delivering      delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          

Speaking and listening skills
(a)     Very           Quite            Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
     confident in   confident in      confident in     confident in      may struggle
      delivering     delivering        delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          




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Reading comprehension skills
(a)     Very         Quite              Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
     confident in confident in        confident in     confident in      may struggle
      delivering   delivering          delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          

Planning skills
(a)     Very             Quite          Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
     confident in     confident in    confident in     confident in      may struggle
      delivering       delivering      delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          

Writing skills
(a)      Very            Quite          Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
      confident in    confident in    confident in     confident in      may struggle
       delivering      delivering      delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          

Spelling skills
(a)      Very            Quite          Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
      confident in    confident in    confident in     confident in      may struggle
       delivering      delivering      delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          

Grammar skills
(a)    Very              Quite          Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
    confident in      confident in    confident in     confident in      may struggle
     delivering        delivering      delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          

Punctuation skills
(a)     Very          Quite             Not very        Not at all       (b) Students
     confident in  confident in       confident in     confident in      may struggle
      delivering    delivering         delivering       delivering       with this area
                                                                          

Please give any other comments on the questions above.




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The Students’ Booklet

Q5. What ability level are most of you students?
Mostly above the   Mostly below the     Most at the                  A mixture of ability
 national average  national average   national average                     levels
                                                                            

Q6.   Do you think the Booklet is the right ability level for your students?
      About right                Too high                      Too low
                                                                         

Q7.   Do you think the progression is clear within each unit of the
      Booklet?
      Very               Quite            Not very            Not at all
                                                                            

Q8. Please comment on suitability of the text extracts within the units?
Level
  Very suitable Quite suitable      Not very suitable   Not suitable at all
                                                                            

Content
  Very suitable          Quite suitable        Not very suitable     Not suitable at all
                                                                            

Presentation
  Very suitable          Quite suitable        Not very suitable     Not suitable at all
                                                                            

Readability
  Very suitable          Quite suitable        Not very suitable     Not suitable at all
                                                                            

Q9.   How accessible is the overall layout of the Students’ Booklet?
      Very              Quite              Not very           Not at all
                                                                            

Q10. How suitable are the activities in the Students’ Booklet?
     Very               Quite               Not very          Not at all
                                                                            

Q11. How satisfactory are the outcomes in the Students’ Booklet?
     Very              Quite            Not very           Not at all
                                                                            

Q12. How appealing do you think the ‘look’ of the pages will be to your
     students?
     Very             Quite              Not very            Not at all
                                                                            

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Q13. Please rate the following features in terms of importance in the
     Students’ Booklet. (Please rate all of the features)
Feature                                   Very         Quite      Not very   Not important
                                        important    important   important       at all
AQA endorsement                                                                
Well known, trusted, tried and                                                 
tested authors
Very clear and tightly focused aims                                            
Manageable progression                                                         
Appropriate text extracts                                                      
Opportunities to practise core skills                                          
Naturally integrated assessment for                                            
learning
Support in learning technical                                                  
vocabulary
Practical ‘real life’ approach                                                 
Alignment with GCSE                                                            
Blended / linked to the e-resource                                             

Please give any other comments you have on the Students’ Booklet.




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PDF of the Teacher’s Book

Q14. Is the level of support in the Teacher’s Book sufficient for NQT’s
     and non-specialists?
     Sufficient         Needs a little more support Needs a lot more support
                                                                         

Q15. Is the Teacher’s Book of use to experienced English teachers?
          Yes                      No                  Don’t know
                                                                         

Q16. How many Teacher’s Books do you envisage your department
     purchasing?
 None        One for the     2 or 3 for the department 1 per teacher
         department to share          to share
                                                                            

Q17. Is the amount of differentiation sufficient in the Teacher’s Book?
       Sufficient          A little more required       A lot more required
                                                                         

Q18. How important is it to have the following routes through the units?
     (Please rate all of the routes)
                                       Very        Quite        Not very      Not
                                     important   important     important   important at
                                                                               all
Fast Track for High Ability                                                     
Consolidation for Low Ability                                                   
For Mature Students                                                             
Other (please specify)

                                     ………..……………………………………………..

Q19. Please rate the following features of the Teacher’s Book in terms of
     their importance. (Please rate all of the features)
Feature                                Very        Quite        Not very      Not
                                     important   important     important   important at
                                                                               all
Simplicity (e.g. all resources                                                  
prepared)
Completeness (e.g. all                                                          
questions answered, all
Standards covered, all
resources provided, all levels
catered for)
A seamless blend / link of the                                                  
print and ICT resources, all
referenced together
Flexibility (e.g. appropriate as a                                              
step by step guide for less
confident teachers or a
reference tool for experienced
teachers)
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Q20. How would you prefer teacher’s support to be supplied?
   Only online    Only in print     Must be both      Could be either
                                                                      

Please give any other comments you have on the Teacher’s Book.




The Electronic Resource

Q21. How important is it to have an e-resource to help with the delivery
     of Functional English?
     Very               Quite             Not very           Not at all
                                                                          

Q22. How do you envisage that you would use the e-resource?
  For whole     Mostly whole     Some whole class,     For individual
class teaching  class, some       mostly individual    independent
               individual use           use              learning
                                                                      

Q23. How often would you use the e-resource?
In every lesson In most lessons In a few lessons             Only very occasionally
                                                                      

Q24. What factors, if any, would limit your department’s ability to make
       use of the e-resource? (Please tick more than one if necessary)
 Lack      Limited        No      Lack of ICT      Other (please specify)
of time access to broadband confidence
         hardware       access     in teachers
                                        

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Q25. How clear is it that the e-resources blend with the units in the
Students’ booklet?
   Very clear          Quite clear      Not very clear     Not at all clear
                                                                            

Q26. From your experience what would students be motivated by within
        an e-resource? (Please tick more than one if appropriate)
 Timed         Instant   Competitive Game-style Fictional          Other
activities    feedback    activities    activities    prizes      (please
                                                                  specify)
                                                            
                                                                           ………………

Q27. How appropriate are the e-resource activities for the following…
                     Very         Quite         Not very         Not at all
                 appropriate appropriate       appropriate      appropriate
Different ability                                                               
levels
Different age groups                                                            
Different learning                                                              
styles

Q28. How well do the e-resource activities integrate the three elements?
                   Very well    Quite well     Not very well Not at all well
Reading                                                         
Writing                                                         
Speaking/Listening                                              

Q29. Please rate the usefulness of each e-resource activity. (Please rate
     all of the sample activities)
Sample activities                            Very      Quite        Not very   Not at all
                                            useful     useful        useful     useful
Shuffle with feedback (Activity: Key                                            
points from the ‘Wild thoughts’ article)
Shuffle without feedback (Activity: The                                         
writer’s point of view)
Click and select (Activity: Identify the                                        
facts and opinions)
Drag and drop (Activity: Facts and                                              
opinions to support key points)
The presentation tool (Activity: Wild                                           
thoughts)
Shooting game (Activity: Shooting                                               
letters)




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Q30. Please rate the following content in terms of its importance to you
     when choosing an e-resource. (Please rate all of the content ideas)
Content                                   Very          Quite      Not very    Not at all
                                        important     important   important   important
Video                                                                         
Audio                                                                         
Links to web pages                                                            
Image bank                                                                    
‘Real life’ texts (e.g. online                                                
application form)
Texts from the Students’ Books                                                
Downloadables (e.g. grids/planning                                            
masters for filling in)
Electronic assessment materials e.g.                                          
multi-choice questions
Animations for motivation and                                                 
reward
An essay-planning tool                                                        
Tools for practising spelling and                                             
grammar

Q31. Please rate the importance of the following e-resource features.
     (Please rate all of the features)
Content                                   Very          Quite      Not very    Not at all
                                        important     important   important   important
A trusted author                                                              
Ease of use                                                                   
Blended with students’ materials                                              
Engaging and motivating                                                       
Differentiation                                                               
Flexibility                                                                   


Please give any other comments about the e-resource.




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Summary

Q32. Is there a clear route overall through these materials?
   Very clear          Quite clear       Not very clear    Not at all clear
                                                                     

Q33. How well would these resources fit with your current resources for
     low ability?
    Very well        Quite well       Not very well       Not at all well
                                                                     

Q34. Would you be willing to be contacted by telephone of we require
     any further explanation to any of your answers?
               Yes                                   No
                                                              

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               THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

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