Student Questionnaires



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Student Questionnaires
Some of these questionnaires are variations of the same questionnaire. However, if you go through all the questions, you’ll see that they vary somewhat. So, use these as a question bank to pull questions from and then modify them for your site and needs, and add new ones.
Most of the questions are appropriate for grades 4 to 8.
There’s a bilingual essay/ad/cartoon that can be adapted to your site as well.
There is a grade 1-2 questionnaire that students can complete in a group with help from the teacher.

NAME ______________________________________________ SCHOOL ____________________ GRADE _____

Gender: __Male __Female

STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE





Strongly Strongly

En Agree Agree Disagree Disagree



Being in this program has given me a greater appreciation for other languages

1 2 3 4

Learning another language helps me understand my first language better

1 2 3 4

Learning another language is important

1 2 3 4

Learning Spanish helps me understand a little more about Latino/Hispanic people

1 2 3 4

I look at things (world events, culture, language) a little differently than my friends who only speak one language

1 2 3 4

I feel I have a better understanding of Spanish-speaking people as a result of the readings and topics we’ve studied in the Spanish program

1 2 3 4

I feel I have a better understanding of other cultures as a result of the readings and topics we’ve studied in the Spanish program

1 2 3 4

If I don’t understand something in one language, sometimes I try to think whether I know that information in the other language.

1 2 3 4

I have Latino/Mexican/Hispanic friends who only speak English and wish they could speak Spanish

1 2 3 4

I feel valued in the Spanish program

1 2 3 4

Learning through two languages has given me more confidence to do well in school

1 2 3 4

When we study history or social studies topics related to Mexico/Latin America, I am more interested because I know about the language and culture.

1 2 3 4

I have friends who speak only English and cannot speak to their parents, grandparents, or other family members/friends who only speak Spanish.

1 2 3 4

Some day I want to travel to Mexico or another Spanish speaking country

1 2 3 4

I have traveled to Mexico or another Spanish speaking country in the past 5 years

1 2 3 4

I enjoy studying in Spanish and English the way I do at school

1 2 3 4

I read and write well in English (for my grade level)

1 2 3 4

I read and write well in Spanish (for my grade level)

1 2 3 4

I have the English skills necessary to understand all written class materials

1 2 3 4

I can translate from English to Spanish (or Spanish to English)

1 2 3 4

I’m glad I am in the Spanish program

1 2 3 4

I attend Latino/Hispanic/Mexican cultural activities (other than the ones at school)

1 2 3 4

This school respects my background and culture

1 2 3 4

I would be interested in learning how to translate better

1 2 3 4

When I hear other people speaking Spanish outside of school, I understand most of what they are saying

1 2 3 4

Being bilingual helps me to think in different or more creative ways

1 2 3 4

I have the Spanish skills to:



-- have conversations with my peers outside of school

1 2 3 4

-- provide and obtain information

1 2 3 4

-- express feelings and emotions

1 2 3 4

-- express opinions about various topics

1 2 3 4

-- understand and interpret written and spoken Spanish on a variety of topics

1 2 3 4

-- present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience on a variety of topics

1 2 3 4

I understand some aspects of Latin American/Mexican culture (literature, art, music)

1 2 3 4

I enjoy Latin American/Mexican music and/or art, literature

1 2 3 4

Sometimes I think about how Spanish and English are very similar, or how they are different – thinking like this helps me to understand each language a little better

1 2 3 4

I try to find opportunities to use Spanish outside of school

1 2 3 4

I would say that I have: __ considerable ____ some ____little knowledge of Latino/Mexican/Hispanic culture

Interacting in situations /groups with mostly Latinos/Hispanics/Mexicans, I would say that I feel:

__ very comfortable ___fairly comfortable ___UNcomfortable

Interacting in situations/groups with mostly White/Euro-Americans, I would say that I feel:

__ very comfortable ___fairly comfortable ___UNcomfortable


Interacting in situations with mostly another group (you select ____________________), I would say that I feel:

__ very comfortable ___fairly comfortable ___UNcomfortable


If you feel comfortable with this/these group(s), why do you feel comfortable? (Check all that apply)

__ I can communicate in the common language appropriately

__ I have interacted so much with this group that I feel very comfortable

__ I understand the culture well enough to know what to do and what not to do


If you do NOT feel comfortable with this/these group(s), why do you feel this way? (Check all that apply)

__ I can NOT communicate well enough in the common language – feel embarrassed

__ I have NOT really interacted that much with this group, so don’t feel that comfortable

__ I do NOT understand the culture well enough to know what to do and what not to do


___very different

I would say that when I am talking in Spanish, I feel ___somewhat different about how I think about things than when I speak English

__ not at all different
I would say that I am: __ very bilingual __ somewhat bilingual __ not very bilingual
Regardless of how good a student I am, in thinking about the amount of effort I put into my work:

__ I work very hard; study a lot __ I work a fair amount; study when I need to __ I work as little as possible


In doing my homework: __ I get it done as soon as possible __ I put off my homework as much as possible, but turn it in on time

__ I put off doing my homework; sometimes don’t get it in on time __ I hardly ever do homework


What is the most current math class you’re enrolled in? __Basic Math __ Algebra/Geometry ___Algebra II/Trig/calculus
What kinds of grades do you usually get in:

Math: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s

Science: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s

Social studies/History: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s

English/language arts: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s
At home, with your parents or brothers or sisters, how often do you speak in Spanish and English?

__ I speak Spanish all of the time __ I speak Spanish most of the time; sometimes I speak in English

__ I speak English most of the time; sometimes I speak in Spanish __ I speak English all of the time
How comfortable do you feel speaking Spanish in public?

__ Very uncomfortable __ Somewhat uncomfortable __ Somewhat comfortable __ Very comfortable


In speaking Spanish, I would rate my grammar as: __ very basic sentence patterns, frequent grammatical errors

__ a few complex sentence constructions, noticeable grammatical errors __ good range of complex patterns & grammatical rules; occasional errors

__ large range of complex grammar; errors infrequent __ native-like command of complex grammatical patterns
In speaking Spanish, I would rate my fluency as: __ simple conversations on familiar everyday topics at slower-than-normal speed

__ simple language; many mistakes; pause a lot when I try to express complex ideas

__ effortlessly express myself at near normal speed; occasionally I have to slow down when expressing complex ideas and less-common expressions.

__ generally fluent; occasionally have minor pauses __ I have native-like fluency


In speaking Spanish, I would rate my vocabulary as: __ vocabulary to make simple statements and ask questions in a simplified conversation

__ adequate working vocabulary--some synonyms, can express simple ideas in a few ways

__ vocabulary to participate in everyday conversation; many alternate ways of expressing simple ideas

__ vocabulary to participate in more extended discussions on various topics; know some nuances of some words and expressions

__ extensive native-like vocabulary

In speaking Spanish, I would rate my listening comprehension as:

__ simple questions & statements in short dialogues or passages if they are repeated at slower-than normal speed

__ main point(s) of a short dialogue/passage if spoken at slower-than-normal speed; may need repetition

__ most of what is said (all main points, most details), near normal speed

__ nearly everything at normal speed; occasional repetition may be necessary __ everything at normal speed like a native speaker


Late-Elementary & Secondary-Level Student Self Assessments
I would say that I am: __ an exceptional student __ a very good student __ ok student __ not a very good student
What kinds of grades do you usually get in:

Math: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s

Science: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s

Social studies/History: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s

English/language arts: __mostly A’s ___A’s & B’s ___B’s & C’s ___B’s & C’s & D’s ___C’s & D’s
How comfortable do you feel speaking Spanish in public?

__ Very uncomfortable __ Somewhat uncomfortable __ Somewhat comfortable __ Very comfortable


In the last year, how often has anyone made fun of you for speaking Spanish?

__ Never or maybe once that I remember __ Few times __ Many times


In the last year, how often has anyone complimented you for being able to speak, read or write in Spanish?

__ Never or maybe once that I remember __ Few times __ Many times


How would you rate your school-related skills compared to your friends who did not study in two languages like you?

__ I am definitely behind __ I may be a bit behind, but not very much

__ I don't think I'm behind at all--we’re about the same __ I may be ahead __ I am definitely ahead
In speaking Spanish, I would rate my grammar as:

__ I can produce very basic sentence patterns but with frequent grammatical errors

__ I can produce a few complex sentence constructions but with noticeable grammatical errors

__ I can speak using a good range of complex patterns and grammatical rules. However, occasional errors are present

__ I have a good command over a large range of complex grammar and errors are infrequent

__ I can speak with a native-like command of complex grammatical patterns

In speaking Spanish, I would rate my fluency as:

__ I can participate in a simple conversation on familiar everyday topics at slower-than-normal speed

__ I can express myself using simple language, but make mistakes and pause a lot when I try to express complex ideas

__ I can effortlessly express myself at near normal speed. Occasionally I have to slow down when expressing complex ideas and less-common expressions.

__ I am generally fluent, but occasionally have minor pauses when I search for the correct manner of expression

__ I have native-like fluency

In speaking Spanish, I would rate my vocabulary as:

__ I have enough vocabulary to make simple statements and ask questions in a simplified conversation

__ I have an adequate working vocabulary. I know some synonyms and can express simple ideas in a few ways

__ I have enough vocabulary to participate in everyday conversation & know many alternate ways of expressing simple ideas

__ I have enough vocabulary to participate in more extended discussions on various topics. I also know some nuances of some words and expressions

__ I have an extensive native-like vocabulary

In speaking Spanish, I would rate my listening comprehension as:

__ I can understand simple questions & statements in short dialogues or passages if they are repeated at slower-than normal speed

__ I can understand the main point(s) of a short dialogue/passage if spoken at slower-than-normal speed; may need repetition

__ I can understand most of what is said (all main points and most details) at near normal speed

__ I can understand nearly everything at normal speed, although occasional repetition may be necessary

__ I can understand everything at normal speed like a native speaker

___On a scale of 1 (not at all fluent) to 5 (very fluent), how would you rate your ability to use Spanish with your friends or family?

___On a scale of 1 (not at all fluent) to 5 (very fluent), how would you rate your ability to use Spanish in the classroom?

___On a scale of 1 (poor-difficulty in comprehending) to 5 (excellent), how would you rate your ability to read in Spanish?

___On a scale of 1 (poor-difficulty in comprehending) to 5 (excellent), how would you rate your ability to read in English?

In thinking about reading in Spanish:

__ I love to read and read for pleasure in Spanish __ I like to read and sometimes read for pleasure in Spanish

__ I don’t really like to read in Spanish __ I hate to read in Spanish
In thinking about reading in English:

__ I love to read and read for pleasure in English __ I like to read and sometimes read for pleasure in English

__ I don’t really like to read in English __ I hate to read in English

NAME ______________________________________________ SCHOOL ____________________ GRADE _____

Gender: __Male __Female

STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE





Strongly Strongly

En Agree Agree Disagree Disagree



Learning through two languages helps me do better in school

1 2 3 4

Learning another language helps me understand kids who are different from me

1 2 3 4

Learning another language is important

1 2 3 4

Learning other languages helps me get along better with other people

1 2 3 4

Learning two languages helps me get better grades

1 2 3 4

Learning two languages will make me smarter than learning one language

1 2 3 4

Learning two languages helps me learn how to think better

1 2 3 4

Kids pretty much respect each other in my class

1 2 3 4

I feel valued in the immersion program

1 2 3 4

The immersion program challenges me to do better in school

1 2 3 4

Learning two languages has given me more confidence to do well in school

1 2 3 4

I can do almost any problem if I keep working at it

1 2 3 4

I can do even the hardest work in my class

1 2 3 4

I like school

1 2 3 4

I enjoy studying in Spanish and English the way I do at school

1 2 3 4

I read well in English

1 2 3 4

I read well in Spanish

1 2 3 4

I write well in English (for my grade level)

1 2 3 4

I write well in Spanish (for my grade level)

1 2 3 4

I feel comfortable getting help from my teacher

1 2 3 4

My schoolwork in English is too difficult for me

1 2 3 4

My schoolwork in Spanish is too difficult for me

1 2 3 4

My teacher expects me to do well in school

1 2 3 4

I’m glad I am in the immersion program

1 2 3 4

Being bilingual will help me get a better job someday

1 2 3 4

I’d like to have a job where I can use my language skills in Spanish

1 2 3 4

When I have homework, I usually get it done on time

1 2 3 4

This school respects my background and culture

1 2 3 4

Being bilingual helps me to think in different or more creative ways

1 2 3 4

I understand most of what my teacher says in Spanish

1 2 3 4

I can talk pretty well in Spanish for my grade level

1 2 3 4

I attend Hispanic/Mexican cultural activities (other than the ones at school)

1 2 3 4

What is the highest level of education your mother has? __ elementary school __ junior high or some high school __ high school graduate __ some college/community college/trade school __ college degree


How important to you is it that you do well in school? __ Not at all __ Not very __ Somewhat important __ Very important
When I do well in school, the MAJOR reason is because:

__ I studied hard __ I am smart __ the teacher explained things well __ the work was easy.

When I do poorly in school, the MAJOR reason is because:

__ I did not study much __ I am not smart __ the teacher did not explain things well __ the work was too hard.


In thinking about:

MATH: __ I love it—it’s my favorite subject __ I like it __ I don’t really like it __ I hate it

SCIENCE: __ I love it—it’s my favorite subject __ I like it __ I don’t really like it __ I hate it

HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES: __ I love it—it’s my favorite subject __ I like it __ I don’t really like it __ I hate it

LANGUAGE/LITERATURE: __ I love it—it’s my favorite subject __ I like it __ I don’t really like it __ I hate it
I would say that I am: __ an exceptional student __ a very good student __ ok student __ not a very good student
Regardless of how good a student I am, in thinking about the amount of effort I put into my work:

__ I work very hard and study a lot __ I work a fair amount and study when I need to

__ I work when I have to __ I don’t do much work or put much energy into school and schoolwork
In doing my homework:

__ I get it done as soon as possible and turn it in on time __ I put off my homework as much as possible, but turn it in on time

__ I put off doing my homework and sometimes don’t get it in on time __ I hardly ever do homework
When I put off doing my homework, it’s because:

__ I don’t really feel like doing it __ I don’t like to study

__ I don’t understand it __ I hardly ever procrastinate—I get it done as soon as possible
With my homework, my parents:

__ Don’t ask or know about my work __ Seem interested, but don’t know how to help me

__ Show an interest and help me if I need it __ Constantly oversee my work and make sure it’s done correctly
At home, with your parents or brothers or sisters, how often do you speak in Spanish and English?

__ I speak Spanish all of the time __ I speak Spanish most of the time; sometimes I speak in English

__ I speak English most of the time; sometimes I speak in Spanish __ I speak English all of the time
How comfortable do you feel speaking Spanish in public?

__ Very uncomfortable __ Somewhat uncomfortable __ Somewhat comfortable __ Very comfortable


In the last year, how often has anyone made fun of you for speaking Spanish?

__ Never or maybe once that I remember __ Few times __ Many times


In the last year, how often has anyone complimented you for being able to speak, read or write in Spanish?

__ Never or maybe once that I remember __ Few times __ Many times


___On a scale of 1 (not at all fluent) to 5 (very fluent), how would you rate your ability to use Spanish with your friends or family?

___On a scale of 1 (not at all fluent) to 5 (very fluent), how would you rate your ability to use Spanish in the classroom?

___On a scale of 1 (poor-difficulty in comprehending) to 5 (excellent), how would you rate your ability to read in Spanish?

___On a scale of 1 (poor-difficulty in comprehending) to 5 (excellent), how would you rate your ability to read in English?

In thinking about reading in Spanish:

__ I love to read and read for pleasure in Spanish __ I like to read and sometimes read for pleasure in Spanish

__ I don’t really like to read in Spanish __ I hate to read in Spanish
In thinking about reading in English:

__ I love to read and read for pleasure in English __ I like to read and sometimes read for pleasure in English

__ I don’t really like to read in English __ I hate to read in English

WHAT I BELIEVE
Name ____________________________________________________________ Grade __________

1. I like school.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

2. I am pretty good at my school work.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

3. I like math.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

4. I like reading.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

5. I like studying in Spanish and English the way I do at school.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

6. My mom or dad reads to me at home.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

7. I like to play with kids no matter what they look like.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

8. I am happy with myself.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER


  1. The kids who speak Spanish help me understand the teacher or schoolwork when we are learning in Spanish.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER




  1. I help the kids who speak Spanish understand the teacher or schoolwork when we are learning in English.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER


Bilingualism
On the back of this sheet (or another sheet), write an essay OR an advertisement OR a cartoon for becoming bilingual OR for participating in a Spanish/English bilingual/two-way/dual language program like the one you are studying in. You are free to address whatever topics you want. Some possible topics could be: What are the advantages and opportunities for being bilingual or for participating in this program? Do you feel that you are bilingual, or maybe you feel that you are bilingual only in certain contexts (in school, out of school, at home, with peers your age)? Are there disadvantages to being bilingual or being enrolled in this program? Is it difficult to become bilingual? What does it mean to be bilingual? What are your recommendations for making this program better for kids like you?
You may write the essay or advertisement or cartoon in English or Spanish. You could just illustrate your advertisement (like making a billboard poster).
You may want to use the graphic organizer below to help you sort out your thoughts before you begin writing.





Name __________________________________________________ Grade _________
School __________________________________________________ Date __________
BILINGUALISM




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