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 Using SurveyMonkey

A. What is SurveyMonkey?

In this section you will find out what SurveyMonkey looks like and how people use it. If you decide to use it in class, it may be helpful to know some basics.

SurveyMonkey is a tool that allows users to create their own surveys using question format templates. The basic version of SurveyMonkey is free; an enhanced version is also available at a cost.

SurveyMonkey offers self-guided tutorials. You can also watch the YouTube video created by ‘Cool Teachers’ Chris Haskell and Barbara Schroeder which takes you through the steps of setting up a survey and analyzing it ( Or you can use Section C of this activity as a first starting point.

B. Why would I want to use SurveyMonkey in my classroom?

Because you can use it in face-to-face and online teaching and learning environments.
You can create a survey and discuss the results either in your face-to-face class or in a synchronous or asynchronous environment.
Because it is a relatively simple way of raising students’ interest in a topic.
It gives you possibilities to tackle a topic in a more interactive way.
Because it creates some input for class discussions or even assessment purposes.
It is just a matter of finding an appropriate topic.
Because the authenticity of the material and the communicative situation allows students to focus on both language and content.
You can give students the chance to ask their own questions.
Because it appeals to the students – usually it’s part of their world
For instance, your students are likely to have filled in online questionnaires already.
Because it facilitates a task-based approach to learning
It allows student to learn the language while creating, carrying out and analyzing surveys (learning by doing).

 Just like with any other classroom material, you need to keep the pedagogical considerations in mind (e.g. learning objectives, authenticity, language focus, etc.). To explore these in more detail visit section D: Pedagogical considerations and sample task.

This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGIES AND ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE LEARNING