Artículos de Junio 2007

Final comments on foreign languages questionnaire

Martes, 5 Junio 2007

  

      Concerning other foreign languages different from English, the results of the survey are quite satisfactory since half of them answered affirmatively when asked about their competence in three skills: listening, reading and writing. They feel they can understand simple written texts, write short descriptions and paragraphs or do relatively well at listening comprehension.
      Speaking is a “different cup of tea”, again. Some students can have a short conversation exchanging personal information, but only a few feel strong at describing a person or a place, or telling a story using past tenses. They feel afraid of making mistakes without realising that is the only possible way of learning.

Final comments on the English questionnaire

Martes, 5 Junio 2007

         As part of our task for the Comenius course, our Secondary students made a survey to help them be aware of their knowledge of English. They had to answer questions to find out how confident they feel in the foreign language. 
         The results of the survey show that students are quite satisfied with their level of English as far as listening, reading and writing are concerned. In fact, when asked if they can listen and understand easy texts or dialogues about everyday matters (Listening), most of them answered affirmatively. The same applies to those questions related to their understanding of short, written stories (Reading), or their competence to write e-mails, messages or short descriptions of people and places (Writing). 
        We can see that our students feel quite self-confident in reading short messages, advertisements and e-mailing. Maybe this is the best result, because the students have the habit of doing this even out of the school. They are also good in productive and understanding abilities for what concerns describing people and places and for writing a short letter. 
       On the other hand, speaking seems to be the weakest aspect in their learning process. One of the possible explanations for this could be that it is often difficult to simulate real-life situation in languages classes, as the number of students is usually too big. In addition the students often lack the necessary vocabulary and they find it difficult to create phrases without passing through their mother tongue first, which means a further source of mistakes.