Sample Student Interest Surveys


Objective 15 - awareness and use of emergency services
Alemany Campus: Two EL Civics Objectives from Community Resources Competency Areas, "Diversity" and "Emergency" were presented to a Listening-Beginning Low Level (Level One) class of 38 students. Presentation consisted of blackboard explanation and peer teaching/translation. By show of hands, students voted for the objective they would most like to study. The competency on "Emergency" was selected.


Objective 22 - accessing cultural and recreational resources
Chinatown/North Beach Campus: In July 2003, in a 29-question survey of 23 beginning level students at the Chinatown/North Beach Campus, 19 indicated interest in learning how to use public transportation to learn about places of interest around San Francisco. In a follow-up focused survey asking beginning level students to sign up for a class that requires 80% attendance and involves two week-end field trips, over 50 students signed up, filling two classes.


Objective 23 - accessing library resources
John Adams Campus: In August of 2003, in a class discussion, 40 IH students indicated interest in learning more about services and activities provided by SF Public Library as extensively and as soon as possible.


Objective 33 - employment information
Chinatown/North Beach Campus: In July 2003, in a 29-question survey of 23 beginning level students at the Chinatown/North Beach Campus, 21 indicated interest in learning how to access information about jobs and to apply for jobs. In August 2003, 20 intermediate level students applied for a for a clerical training class which teaches resume writing and interview skills.


Objective 40 - responding to questions about history and government
Alemany Campus: A list of EL Civics Objectives #38-#45 was distributed and presented to 30 students levels 5-8. Working in groups of 3-6 learners, students discussed objectives and level of interest per objective. This was followed by a whole class discussion. Students were asked to rank in order on paper their personal elective preferences per objective from 1-3. Votes were tallied on board. Objective #40 was chosen overall as it was considered by students to be a worthwhile introductory overview of US History and Government.

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