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LPT Survey results. Maria Pinto. General data. Sent out on 9 May 2008 Sent to 13 teachers Respondents: 10 Non-respondents: 3. Aims of the survey. To gather data on the number of non-freshmen students in freshmen classes To find out teachers’ opinions about:

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general data
General data
  • Sent out on 9 May 2008
  • Sent to 13 teachers
  • Respondents: 10
  • Non-respondents: 3
aims of the survey
Aims of the survey
  • To gather data on the number of non-freshmen students in freshmen classes

To find out teachers’ opinions about:

  • whether the LPT had worked to place the majority of students appropriately
  • the suggestion by Academic Affairs that the LPT be administered every semester
  • the changed grading curve
  • grouping by level
non freshmen students

Non-freshmen students

AIM 1: To gather data on the number of non-freshmen students in freshmen classes

non freshmen students1
Non-freshmen students

Questions:

  • Non-freshmen to do the LPT?
  • Non-freshmen-specific English language courses?
freshmen students

Freshmen students

AIM 2: To find out whether, in teachers’ opinions, the LPT had worked to place the majority of students appropriately

level 1 freshmen comments
Level 1 freshmen: comments

In your opinion, are the freshmen students in the appropriate level for their abilities? Please explain.

  • 4 respondents
  • 3 teachers: Yes
  • 1 teacher: The book is too difficult for some classes
  • 1 teacher: Adult (mature age) freshmen students are not in the appropriate level
  • 2 teachers: Need for a True Beginners course
level 2 freshmen comments
Level 2 freshmen: comments

In your opinion, are the freshmen students in the appropriate level for their abilities? Please explain.

  • 9 respondents.
  • 9 teachers: Most students in the appropriate level
  • 4 teachers: Attitude and lack of motivation lead to their poor results, not lack of ability.
  • 1 teacher: Students are a true level in reading and writing, but their listening and speaking skills lag behind by at least 1 level.
level 3 freshmen comments
Level 3 freshmen comments

In your opinion, are the freshmen students in the appropriate level for their abilities? Please explain.

  • 6 respondents
  • 5 teachers: For the most part, yes
  • 2 teachers: Students’ reading and writing skills far more advanced than their speaking skills
  • 1 teacher: ‘C’ scoring students are not putting any effort in to get that grade
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Majority of students appear to be appropriately placed
  • Need for a True Beginner course
  • Needs of adult (mature age) students
  • Needs of non-freshmen students
timing of the lpt

Timing of the LPT

AIM 3: To find out teachers’ opinions regarding the suggestion by Academic Affairs that the LPT be administered every semester

lpt timing
LPT timing
  • How often do you think the LPT should be administered?
    • Once a year: 8 teachers
    • Every semester: 1 teacher
    • Did not reply: 1 teacher
the grading curve

The grading curve

AIM 4: To find out teachers’ opinions regarding the changed grading curve

grading curve teachers
Grading curve: teachers

How do you think the differentiated grading curve will affect your grading?

  • Won’t affect it: 7 teachers
  • I want to be able to give more A and B grades to Level 1 students: 3 teachers
  • “I will not give 40% A grades just because I can.”
  • “If the administration wants me to start grading easier, it needs to say so explicitly. ... I probably will anyway, thanks to student evaluations.”
grading curve students
Grading curve: students

How do you think the differentiated grading curve will affect student participation and attitude towards English study?

  • Will decrease motivation for Level 1s: 3 teachers
  • Will decrease motivation for Level 3s: 3 teachers
  • “I don’t tell my students the grade curve”
  • “I tell my students 20% As”
grading curve students1
Grading curve: students

How do you think the differentiated grading curve will affect student participation and attitude towards English study?

  • “I look unprofessional, because the department changed the rules after I had told my students the old rule.”
  • “I don’t think students are motivated by a grade curve.”
  • “Students might be more competitive because they’re competing with their peers.”
  • “Students will be more motivated if they believe the teacher has the unlimited power to give them lower grades.”
grouping by level

Grouping by level

AIM 5: To find out teachers’ opinions regarding grouping by level

grouping by level problems
Grouping by level: problems
  • Book too difficult
  • Student participation
  • ‘Major’ activities
  • Student helpers
  • Classroom behaviour and discipline
  • Oral exam pairings
advantages
Advantages
  • Discipline
  • ‘Major’ activities
  • Ability-appropriate material
  • English focus in classroom
  • Genuine information gap
  • Less intimidation
  • Less boredom
disadvantages
Disadvantages
  • None – 4 teachers
  • Teacher builds classroom community
  • Participation
  • Student support
  • Unwillingness to mingle
  • Teacher helpers