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Overall participant feedback on Hungary summer schools 2001
 

Results of feedback survey | Post-course letter | Post-course questionnaire | Suggestions for future topics


Please tell us how you learnt about this summer school.


Local BC Office

35

From friend

2

From colleague

28

Local pedagogical institute

2

Brochure

13

BC Hungary INSET meeting

1

From teacher trainer

5

Köznevelés

1

Local RC or RP

4

From INSET team member

1

Macmillan Conference

4

From organisers

1

From school

3

From tutor at college

1

Internet

3

METEXT Course

1

From ELTeCS

3

ELT Newsletter

1

From a course tutor

2

From DIALOGUE

1

BC Newsletter

2

   

What were your reasons for choosing the course you were on?


Reasons (top three priorities) 1 2 3 Total
Location 4 14 23 41
Topic 62 23 13 98

International participation

21 31 22 74

Certificate of attendance

- 9 9 18

Credit points (for HUN Participants)

7 3 6 16

Reputation of the British Council summer schools

17 30 24 71

Good value for money

4 7 12 23
Making friends - - 2 2
Professional development - - 2 2
To share ideas with teachers from other countries - - 1 1
Choice of tutors 1 - - 1

Repsonses to following questions recorded using a scale of 1–4, where
1= strongly disagree, 4 = agree stongly.

1. I am glad I came to this course

1 0 2 0 3 12 4 110

2. Gyula/Esztergom/Pécs was a good location for this summer school

1 1 2 8 3 15 4 96

3. The training facilities at the summer school venue were good.

1 0 2 7 3 22 4 89

4. The accommodation was good.

1 0 2 6 3 27 4 88

5. The catering arrangements were good.

1 1 2 4 3 13 4 102

6. The pre-course administration was good.

1 1 2 4 3 15 4 96

7. The local organisers were helpful and efficient.

1 1 2 0 3 4 4 117

8. This summer school has been and/or will be of great use to me.

1 0 2 3 3 13 4 106

9. The international nature of the summer school was a great advantage.

1 0 2 2 3 9 4 111

10. The publishers’ workshops were useful.

1 5 2 9 3 52 4 54

11. I found the talk on the A S Hornby Trust and ELTeCS useful.

1 2 2 4 3 31 4 82

12. I enjoyed the social programme.

1 1 2 1 3 14 4 105

13. I would like to attend a similar summer school next year. If so, please suggest topics that you would be interested in (please click here to view suggestions)

1 0 2 2 3 17 4 93

14. I will co-operate with my colleagues I have met at this summer school.

1 0 2 4 3 42 4 75


International Summer Schools Learner Centred Classroom

15. Things that particularly impressed participants or were (will be) especially useful.

  • workshop about Cool Britain
  • we learnt about other people’s experiences and I heard some very interesting and useful information about teaching and solving problems
  • very high professional level of the Hungarian beginner teachers
  • atmosphere and togetherness
  • new approaches in teaching foreign language
  • multiple roles of teachers and learners in the learner-centred classroom
  • new contacts
  • publishers’ presentations
  • the enthusiasm of the two organisers
  • the international environment
  • group and pair work
  • imaginative approach of course tutors
  • people’s kindness
  • there were native speakers to whom we could speak, which is very important for speaking practice
  • tutors were amazingly friendly and co-operative
  • the project work
  • how to set up a self access centre
  • how to build up a team, encourage class atmosphere, classroom dynamics + activities
  • learning styles and strategies
  • field work – a visit to an exhibition The wide choice of books in the library
  • international exchange of experience

16.Out-of-class activities participants found most useful.

  • reading
  • consultation
  • project work
  • case studies
  • home assignments
  • field work
  • irish evening
  • library
  • discussions, talks, sharing ideas with participants
  • feedback writing

17. Out-of-class activities participants did not find very useful

None

18.Things that could have been done differently or better.

  • 'I would have invited less publishers so we could take part in all workshops'
  • more free time
  • organisation of morning and afternoon sessions – 'if we had had more free time in the evening we could have done more things'
  • more specified planning
  • morning sessions should have included more input, faster pace
  • the course itself was too long - the same amount of activities should have been done in a shorter period
  • workshops could be more interesting and useful
  • project work – 'too little time for it'
  • 'the hotel could have been closer to the town or a hotel with a shop to buy a soap for example'
  • 'all participants should have been active, not just some of them'
  • 'all the weekdays should have been like Wednesday’s timetable (with longer break between morning sessions and workshops)'
  • 'I would have invited two publishers for one afternoon and we could swap, we couldn’t be on the workshop with Express. It’s a pity. The others told us it was the best. Presentation on books wasn’t interesting.'

19.Things I’ve learnt from fellow participants or tutors at this summer school.

  • a language game for teaching future tense – ‘fortune teller’
  • ‘Education’ – another game
  • 'I can speak better in English. I could practice it. We could speak a lot with others.'
  • respect each other and trust their professionalism
  • share with fellow professionals their classroom experiences
  • never to give up if we really want something
  • relax and have fun
  • many good, useful ideas
  • differences in our school systems
  • you should be calm and not overreact in certain situations
  • group dynamics activities
  • different ways of looking at materials and problems in the classroom
  • think why you are teaching
  • take it easy and trust yourself
  • be flexible as much as possible
  • be aware of learners’ reactions
  • to introduce learner-centred procedures step-by-step
  • how well people from different countries managed to work together
  • tutors motivated me to find challenging and useful areas of language teaching. They started ideas in use that I should develop.
  • how to set up and organise a self-access centre
  • interesting information about cultural issues of different nationalities
  • teaching poetry

20. Things I will do as a result of having attended this summer school.

  • use the ‘I’m you’ game
  • doing projects on several things
  • I will be even more conscious about the learner centred way of teaching
  • do a presentation/workshop for, talk about it to my colleagues
  • keep in touch and go on working with some of the participants
  • have a closer look at the books connected to the topic – finding activities for group dynamics, learner authority, etc.
  • do more reading
  • a workshop on this summer school to teachers of English
  • be a better teacher to Ss - I hope that my lessons will have a deeper aim and I am more willing and able to analyse myself
  • try out new activities
  • train learners to accept and handle responsibility
  • try to change some of the things in my teaching style
  • try to organise a closer co-operation of English teachers in the school where I work
  • starting a self-access corner in one of my classrooms
  • we didn’t use to use any feedback and questionnaires in our school but I saw many useful questionnaires and I think I’ll use them in my classes
  • story writing with positive and negative roles



Post-course letter sent to participants

13 November 2001

Dear All

By now you must be back into the routine of the new semester and the summer must seem like a distant memory. We hope you managed to have a well-deserved rest after all the hard work and effort everyone put into the summer schools. All three were a great success and have left us all with some lovely memories, new friends, new ideas, and hopefully feeling professionally refreshed.

We thought you might be interested in the overall feedback on the summer school you took part in so we have enclosed the summary of answers given in the feedback questionnaires by the members of your group.

As part of the follow-up we’d like to find out how effective the courses have been by asking you to complete the short questionnaire enclosed. We’re interested in whether you have used any ideas from the courses, and in anything you may have done as a result of the summer schools. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions, it will be a great help in our planning for next year.

Please, send the filled in questionnaires by 15 December 2001 to the following address:

Szabó Lídia, The British Council, Budapest, Benczúr u. 26, 1068, Hungary

We have also enclosed a copy of the article written by Ingrid Thompson (you probably remember her from the Intercultural Learning course) published in an ELT journal in Greece. Many thanks to Ingrid for such a comprehensive report on the Esztergom summer school.

Finally, thank you all for making such a success of the summer schools, and hopefully see you again next year.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of all the organisers and course tutors, with very best wishes,

Hos Csilla Paál Anikó

INSET project manager local organiser



Post-course questionnaire

Please write your answers in the spaces provided. If you would like to write more, feel free to use the back of the page indicating the number of the question.

  1. How did/do you use the materials you were provided with during the course? What kind of materials did you find the most useful?
  2. What kind of follow-up activities have you been involved with since the summer?
    E.g. sharing ideas with colleagues, giving workshops, etc.
  3. What have you done in order to publicise the summer course and your involvement? E.g. written articles, reports, etc. (If you have written any articles, please could you send/enclose a copy)
  4. In what ways have you kept in touch with other participants? E.g. meetings, collaborations, student exchanges, etc.


Suggested topics for 2002 courses (answer 13)

Culture 27 From friend 2
Difficulties in the classroom 13 Multimedia in the classroom (13) 2
Teaching Young Learners 9 Teaching grammar 3
Learner Centredness 9 Teacher training 3
Literature 9 Teaching adults (40+) 2
Testing and Assessment 9 Teaching advanced learners 2
Upper Primary 8 Developing (random) communication skills 1
Drama, story-telling 7 NLP in teaching languages 1
Materials making 7 one-to-one teaching, one-to-two teaching, teaching smaller groups 1
ESP 4    

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