In this activity students will practice forming questions and explore opinions regarding migration. They will create their own questionnaire and survey classmates, friends and family. The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project.

Procedure

  • Ask students to think about going to live and work in another country. Put them in groups to quickly discuss where they would go and what they would do etc.
  • Now get the students to think about the migrants who come to work in their city. How are they perceived? Are people positive about migrants to their city? Are they treated well?
  • Ask the students to prepare a survey to find out about people’s perceptions of migrants in the students’ city.
  • Put the students in pairs or groups to brainstorm ‘Yes / No’ questions they could ask. They could do the questions in their L1 first if this helps and then you could help them to translate them.
  • Give them a few example questions to get them started. e.g. Do you know anyone who has come from another city or country?
  • Once the groups have had time to write some questions, join the pairs and groups and get them to share their questions. Try to come up with 10 questions as a class.
  • Once you have 10 questions, ask the students to write them down and do a quick class survey using their questions.
  • Ask the students to take the questions home and ask as many people as they can and collect opinions from friends and family.
  • In the next lesson ask the students to share their results. You could also get students to write up the results as a report.
  • If students prefer to remain anonymous you could get the class to use an online polling tool like YouMatchUp which enables you or your students to create free web based polls.
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That's great Mike. Did they create a poll using Urtak? It would be nice to share some of the polls here so that students could see eachothers' polls and answer them. Best Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, TrainerTeacher Development: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/News and Tips: http://quickshout.blogspot.com/Student Activities: http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/On Social media: http://bloggingandsocialmedia.blogspot.com/On Twitter: http://twitter.com/NikPeachey 

Thanks for sharing these materials, Nik. I did the lessons on migrant stories, followed by "what does migration bring?" with a group of Thai intermediate adults. Very interesting discussions ensued. Then I followed this up with the opinion poll about migrant workers in Bangkok. The results horrified me, an awful lot of prejudiced views came out of it ! Well worth doing though, interesting topic with a lot of relevance to modern city life in many parts of the world.

Good activity. It's also worth checking together with your students whether the questions that they wrote are unbiased. And if they are, why their question is biased. This could lead to some nice discussions about prejudice, cultural differences, and expectations.

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