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Here you will find results of polls we have carried out over the last few years on the site.

Satisfaction seeing improvement
Friendship
Knowledge of other cultures
Assurance that you are a good teacher
Knowledge of other languages
Improved social life
It's a job, nothing else
109 votes
76 votes
70 votes
52 votes
45 votes
28 votes
16 votes
What do you get from your students?
Yes
No
It's difficult to say
61.3%
21.7%
17.1%
Are you happy in your teaching job?
Grammar
Doing lively lessons
Pronunciation Teaching
Class discipline
Maintaining your enthusiasm
Financial matters
Dealings with boss
Showing patience
I'm Perfect!!
208 votes
193 votes
130 votes
122 votes
119 votes
69 votes
68 votes
63 votes
30 votes
Where are your "weaknesses" as an English teacher?
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Speaking
Grammar
Reading
Vocabulary
Writing
Listening
229 votes
192 votes
184 votes
159 votes
138 votes
128 votes
Which of the language skills do you do most work on in the class?
I think I am badly paid
A bit below what I expect
About right for what I do
A little higher than average
Above what I would expect
44%
30%
12%
10%
5%
How would you rate the pay you receive as an ESL teacher?
Christmas
Valentine's Day
Halloween
Whenever I can!!
Easter
Thanksgiving
Other national holiday
July 4th
113 votes
39 votes
26 votes
24 votes
22 votes
18 votes
16 votes
8 votes
Which holidays do you do special lessons and materials for?
teaching materials
reference only - phrasal verbs, grammar, ESL jargon, proverbs, etc
song lyrics
board games
posters and calendars
teacher tales/letters
read a newsletter
book section
TEFL guide
107 votes
65 votes
55 votes
41 votes
15 votes
10 votes
8 votes
8 votes
7 votes
What parts of esl-lounge.com have you personally used on your last few visits?
Sex
Your personal life
Religion
Politics
Drugs
Racism
Drinking Alcohol
157 votes
152 votes
77 votes
71 votes
37 votes
32 votes
28 votes
Which of these topics would you NOT be happy discussing in class with your students?
10-20 minutes
More than 45 minutes
20-30 minutes
30-45 minutes
0-10 minutes
50 votes
50 votes
35 votes
32 votes
23 votes
How long would you spend preparing for an average, run-of-the-mill hour-long lesson?
Yes, of course
Only if the class wants and asks for it
If the class is adult/advanced
No, teachers should avoid these controversial subjects
44.4%
31.7%
15.5%
8.5%
Do you think it is advisable to talk about the war in the ESL classroom?
Far More Dominant
Less dominant, another language will rise to prominence (Spanish, Chinese, etc)
As It Is Now
Don't Know
54.2%
31.1%
8.9%
5.8%
Where do you see the position of English in fifty years' time?
Conversation Skills
Tenses
Writing
Vocabulary/Idioms
Pronunciation
Reading
Listening
Prepositions
168 votes
139 votes
128 votes
115 votes
112 votes
108 votes
85 votes
83 votes
What do you have most difficulty teaching well in the class?
Worksheets
Reading
Grammar
Chatting to class
Listening
Writing
Tests
Video
Dictation
Other
217 votes
151 votes
146 votes
116 votes
115 votes
114 votes
67 votes
44 votes
40 votes
40 votes
Which classroom activities do you, as teacher, feel most at ease with?
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Low level materials
High level materials
Board Games
Songs
Book Section
TEFL Guide
Teachers' Tales
Teachers' Letters
Forum
111 votes
80 votes
74 votes
65 votes
35 votes
27 votes
21 votes
12 votes
10 votes
What parts of the esl-lounge site do you use?
Interesting lessons, including video
The stern, silent approach
The "students' best friend" approach
"My classes have NO discipline!"
The loud, shouty approach
Telling young students you know their parents' phone number
Keeping young students in at lunch if they are disruptive
31.5%
21.3%
14.6%
9.6%
9%
8.4%
5.6%
What has been your most effective discipline strategy?
The white/blackboard
Something different
The stereo/cassette recorder
The coursebook
The visual prompts on the wall
Your chair!
The overhead projector
31 votes
19 votes
17 votes
14 votes
9 votes
8 votes
6 votes
What to you is indispensable in the ESL classroom?


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Lack of motivation on students' part
Student doesn't meet standards (student performs below grade level)
Lack of money/resources in school
Ill discipline of students
Lack of school support for ESL students in mainstream school
Unable to communicate with the student/family in their home language
Not given enough "didactic" independence
39 votes
36 votes
24 votes
22 votes
19 votes
15 votes
12 votes
What are some challenges you face as a teacher with ESL students in your classroom?
The amount of out-of-class contact with English 51 votes
The reason the student needs English 47 votes
The teacher 38 votes
The amount the student studies 29 votes
The age/intelligence of the student 17 votes
The school - resources, etc. 17 votes
The coursebook used 12 votes
What is important in a student's learning of English?
Talk to the student about behaviour. 71.1%
Request student to discontinue class. 10.5%
Report student. 9.2%
Ignore student. 5.3%
Complain to co-workers. 2.6%
Ask to teach another class. 1.3%
How do you deal with disruptive students?
Use internet ESL sites such as this one 46 votes
Observe other teachers 32 votes
Read methodology literature 32 votes
Ask your peer teachers for advice 25 votes
Take a first/refresher ESL course 16 votes
Rely on school staff meetings or like-minded groups 13 votes
Get observed yourself 12 votes
Erm...I see the perfect teacher every morning in the bathroom mirror!! 3 votes
How do you try to improve yourself as a teacher?
I never use anything but English in the class. Simple as that. 36.4%
I sometimes use the students' first language with very low level classes. 27.3%
I will use students' L1 sometimes to save time on a particular word. 21.2%
I try not to use it, but it does make my lessons so much easier. 9.1%
I don't see a problem with using students' language in the class. It helps them. 6.1%
What is your 'position' on using your students' language in the classroom?
It's a lot better
It's so good I am going to buy the company
It's a bit better than the rest, but let's not get excited
Much of a muchness, really
Where's the beef? It's worse than the others!
Hey, get back to the drawing board! It's shockingly bad
45%
37.5%
12.5%
5%
0%
0%
What do you think of esl-lounge compared to other sites in the ESL field?
Your own imagination
Course/Text Books that students use
Internet Education Sites such as this one
Resource Books
Asking Colleagues
Internet Sources (BBC, CNN)
Other sources: TV, newspapers, magazines, etc
School Resources
Inspi...what!?!?
20 votes
15 votes
14 votes
14 votes
11 votes
10 votes
9 votes
7 votes
1 vote
Where do you get your inspiration from for your lessons?
I like the 'helping' or 'caring' side of it
I enjoy the interaction
It's something I know how to do
I teach abroad using ESL as a passport to travel
It's a job! I found myself doing it
Great pay
38.2%
29.4%
11.8%
11.8%
8.8%
0%
What do you most enjoy about teaching ESL?
General Adult Classes
Kids
Teenagers
Intensive Courses
One to One
Academic English
Summer Courses
English for Specific Purposes
Business English
22 votes
12 votes
11 votes
10 votes
8 votes
6 votes
5 votes
5 votes
4 votes
What is your favorite type of teaching?
Until I retire!
For more than five years
Two to three years
I am already looking for a new job
Less than a year
A year or so
53.6%
28.6%
7.1%
3.6%
3.6%
3.6%
How long do you plan to teach ESL for?
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