Curriculum Focus Group Questions

Tool Nr.: 
02
Developed by: 
Education Scotland, Scotland
Sources: 

HGIOS4

1+2 Languages Policy Report (Scottish Government)

South-East Improvement Collaborative (SEIC) Moray House Excellence in 1+2 Languages Project

How good is OUR school: learner participation tool kit

Purpose of the material: 

These questions were developed to support understanding of pupil experience and to inform policy development.  The package is designed as a set of focus group questions used with Primary 1, Primary 4, Primary 7 and S1 pupils to assess learner feedback on development and progress in the implementation of the 1+2 languages policy in the South-East region of Scotland.

Material: 

Learners’ interview P1

[Bonjour ! Ça va ? ¡Hola! ¿Que tal?] My name is (INSERT NAME) and I’d like to ask you a few questions about learning [L2] at school.  Are you happy to answer some questions?  [answer].  If you don’t want to answer any questions or if you want to stop at any time that’s fine. I’d like to tape record our chat if that’s ok just so that I can remember it later on.  I won’t tell your teacher what you said! Are you OK? [answer]

  1. What language are you learning at school?

So this morning, I saw you doing….

  1. What did you learn today
  2. Did you enjoy the lesson
  3. Was it easy or difficult?

And at school,

  1. Do you do [L2] a lot? What sort of things do you do in [L2]?
  2. Do you like [L2]? Why/why not?
  3. Do you think you are good at [L2]? Why/why not?
  4. How do you know you are getting better?
  5. What are the things that help you to remember your [L2]?  (Why do you think this is?)
  6. Is there anything else that the teacher could do to make [L2] better for you?

Thank you so much for answering my questions.  Do you have any questions you would like to ask me?

 

 

Learners’ interview P4/P7/S1

[Bonjour ! Ça va ? ¡Hola! ¿Que tal?] My name is (INSERT NAME) and I’d like to ask you a few questions about learning [L2] at school.  Are you happy to answer some questions?  [answer].  If you don’t want to answer any questions or if you want to stop at any time that’s fine. I’d like to tape record our chat if that’s ok just so that I can remember it later on.  I won’t tell your teacher what you said! Are you OK? [answer]

  1. What language/s are you learning at school? (L2/L3)
  2. When did you start learning [L2]?

So this morning, I saw you doing….

  1. What did you learn today?
  2. Did you enjoy the lesson?
  3. Was it easy or challenging?
  4. What do you think you will be learning next?

And at school,

  1. Do you do [L2] a lot? What sort of things do you do in [L2]?
  2. Is this different from what you were doing last year?
  3. Do you like [L2]? Why/why not?
  4. Do you think you are good at [L2]? Why/why not?
  5. How do you know you are getting better?
  6. What are the things that help you to remember your [L2]?  (Why do you think this is?)
  7. Is there anything else that the teacher could do to make [L2] better for you?
  8. Is learning French different from learning any other subjects? Why/why not?
  9. Why do you think are you learning another language at school?

Thank you so much for answering my questions.  Do you have any questions you would like to ask me?

 

Process: 

These questions were used as part of a larger evaluation of progress in the implementation of 1+2 Languages and with a view to supporting the development of a curricular self-evaluation tool for use in primary and secondary schools. This work was undertaken in partnership between South-East Local Authority lead officers for languages and with Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh all of whom are represented as part of a strategic focus group for the project.

 

The questions were developed by the focus group leads who also identified 6 primary and 6 secondary schools across the three main participating Local Authorities (East Lothian, Fife and City of Edinburgh).

 

The lead researcher on the project observed lessons at four stages (Primary 1, 4, 7 and S1) and then held follow up focus group discussions with small groups of pupils (3 or 4 at a time).  This number was decided upon to faciltiate discussion and recording of data.

 

The feedback will then support ongoing strategic development of local languages policy. 

How you can use this material in your practice: 

The focus group questions are being adopted across the region as part of an evaluation tool kit for 1+2 Languages in schools.

 

This material reflects only the author’s view; the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.