Temperature Check Your Language Program

No, the title does not refer to using a thermometer to make sure that your students are not sick. It refers to finding out how your students feel about their language program experience while they are in the middle of the program. Don't wait until your end-of-course or end-of-term surveys to find out what students are thinking. By then it is too late to change their student experiences.

To temperature check your entire school, randomly select a day and time for a school wide survey. Have all students complete the same paper-based survey at the same time. Keep the survey to between four and six questions in length. Each time you do the survey, focus on a different aspect of your school. One term you can survey students about the extracurricular activities. The next term survey them about their classroom experiences.

Here is an example of a classroom experience survey that works well to temperature check your language program. It is short, simple and to the point. And it will let you clearly know how you are doing in meeting student needs. Randomly temperature checking your language program will allow you to proactively head off issues before they arise. And it will allow you to provide your students with the best possible learning experience!

Adapted from: http://www.edutopia.org/practice/student-surveys-using-student-voice-improve-teaching-and-learning