Respond to a Survey

This is a self-paced activity, in which students read questions or statements and select the most appropriate answer from a list of options. This way, students are not required to produce language, but are still able to express their own opinions using only the interpretive mode. This activity can serve as a springboard for cultural comparisons, interpersonal tasks, and presentational tasks later in the lesson or unit.


  1. The teacher distributes the survey to each student

  2. The teacher guides the students through the survey one question at a time, providing gestures, explanation in the target language, and other scaffolding as necessary. 

  3. Students complete the survey

  4. The teacher collects the survey results to review and possibly use in future lessons. 

Helpful Tips

  1. It is recommended that teachers use electronic platforms to conduct survey activities when possible, so that graphics (such as charts showing responses) can be generated and used later in the lesson or unit.

  2. The following question types can be used in the survey:

    • simple yes/no questions
    • multiple choice questions
    • questions requiring students to rate or rank a list of items
    • questions asking students to indicate to what degree they agree or disagree with statements or opinions


  1. The teacher can add an element of presentational writing by including open-ended response options, or response options with partially written sentence frames (e.g. "I completely agree because..." or "I partially agree, but..." )


  1. Survey (paper or electronic)