Students Analyze their Language Learning Experiences and Reveal the Shocking Truth!
Thanks to the hard work of Olive and Montitti, we were able to add the results of the questionnaire that learners in ETM3 answered. The results can be viewed here, and the original questionnaire can be viewed here. What surprised me most was that learners of ETM3 marked almost every langauge learning activity listed on the questionnaire as valuable. Even such unpopluar activities as translating were considered valuable. For example, 7 out of 17 students said they disliked translation but all 17 said it was valuable.
As written in my previous post, members of ETM3 were asked to analyze their English learning experience by completing 6 statements after they filled out the questionnaire. They completed the statements in their blogs and wrote reasons for their answers. In this post, I have categorized the responses and written the number of responses in each category. The questions and results are below. Some reponses fell in more than one category. To learn more about these responses, please read the students' blogs.
Statement 1. My most enjoyable language learning experience has been…
1 Teaching English at an elementary school
1 watching tv
1 Teaching English in Thailand
1 The Spanish lesson with JH
1 structured speaking
1 reading aloud
1 writing sentences
1 homestay in the US
1 class with an excellent teacher
Statement 2: My least enjoyable language learning activity has been …
5 university entrance exam study
2 reading silently
2 language lab
2 structured speaking
Statement 3: My most valuable language learning activity has been …
2 reading aloud
1 1st and 2nd grade high school class
1 High School English Club
1 new words
1 UN Seminar
Statement 4: My least valuable language learning activity has been ....
3 reading silently
1 Reading aloud
1 jr. high school english home study
Statement 5: In general my language learning experience has been ....
4 memorization, grammar, and reading
2 not enough
1 speaking, listening and reading
1 paper work
1 confusion to realization
1 speaking and listening
1 reading and writing
1 watching TV
Although the questionnaire did not reveal much difference in the ETM 3 members' philosophy of language learning, the analysis did.
On-chan, wrote that her language learning experience "has been starting from confusion to realization" and she has been positive about most of her language learning activities especially repetition, memorization and reading aloud. Eringo, on the other hand, wrote that she prefers reading silently to reading aloud and that reading aloud was not helpful to her.
John Wang wrote that for him listening and speaking has been most important in his English development while RIP claims that for him learning the rules of grammar has been most valuable.
Everyone is very convincing in their reasoning, but I wonder if we can find a middle ground.