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My latest subscriber survey results

Thank you to the 67 frenchteacher subscribers who responded to me latest survey. Here is a summary of what I found out.

Nearly 30% said they used the instant listening tasks on the Y0-11 page.

45% said they made use of the PowerPoints on the KS3 pages. these are a relatively recent addition so I'm pleased to see they are being used. I have made good use of as a source of copyright-free images.

Nearly 60% are using the new sentence builder frames. These are quite widely used, it seems, and made popular by Gianfranco Conti on his blog and in his workshops. I am quite a convert to them.

55% use the Y7 parallel texts, which have been on the site for a long time.

46% said they used the video listening worksheets on the y10-11 page, e.g. Peppa Pig.

45% said they use the grammar handouts - these are notes, not worksheets. It's clear that teachers are still hooked on grammar.

The pages used most often are the A-level and GCSE pages (about 70% each). this represents a gradual change over the years, with the Y10-11 page becoming gradually more popular and rivalling the A-level page for usage. I was hoping this would be the case (partly for commercial reasons, as there are far more pupils doing GCSE than A-level).

10% of respondents use the situational dialogues on the Y8 page.

Finally, as regards the type of resource which teachers use most, based on this sample - in order of popularity:

1.  Texts with exercises (a long term staple of the site.
2.  Grammar worksheets.
3.  Translation exercises.
4.  Grammar drills.
5.  Video listening worksheets.

Teachers gave one or two suggestions for improvement: one user commented that many of the resources are too hard. I have tried to address this over the years with more Foundation GCSE and easier grammar resources, easy listening tasks, notably the sentence builder frames. I always keep this issue in mind.

One respondent asked for more songs and videos. I have tended to steer clear of song lyrics for copyright reasons, but I'll see what I can do on this. I am always on the look-out for good video material to link too. I cannot host my own, however.

In general, I note how "traditional" teachers seem to be in their liking for grammar and translation material. They may be a bit more trad than me!

Apart from that, many teachers left kind and complementary comments. Thank you. It all motivates me to keep updating and improving the site. More feedback is always welcome.


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