More Ways of Using Questionnaires in Class

By Alex Case
More creative ideas for activities with questionnaires.

1. Guess the person
After students have completed the questionnaires, pin them up around the room and get students to read them and guess whose is whose.

2. Guess the person 2
After students have finished the questionnaires, get them to write their names on them and hand them into you. Give them out to other students and tell them to give hints to their partner from the questionnaire answers until they guess who is being described.

3. Guess the lies
Tell students that they should lie three times when they are completing the questionnaire. Other students then read the questionnaire and try to guess which responses are lies.

4. Guess the lies 2
When students are asking each other the questionnaire questions in pairs, tell them to lie between one and three times in their responses. The person who is asking the questions can then guess which answers are lies, either as they go along or when they have finished asking all the questions.

5. Judge the questionnaires
For example, the whole class decides which questionnaire is the best judge of character or has the most interesting questions or answers on it.

6. The world’s most difficult questionnaire
This is one particularly fun example of Judge the Questionnaires above. Teams compete to write questionnaires that are almost impossible to answer. Each question on the questionnaire must have “you” and/or “your” in it, but they must try and write questions that the person being asked won’t know the answer to, e.g. “How many millimetres tall are you?” “How many hairs are there on your head?” “What was your great great great great grandfather’s name?” “Where is your grandmother now?” or “What time does your father arrive at work?”

7. The craziest questionnaire
This is another fun example of Judge the Questionnaires above, where students compete to make the strangest questionnaires.

8. Give one person the “answer key”
Get students to work in threes so that one person is asking the questions, one person is answering them, and one person is using the information they have been given to say what each answer means, e.g. by allocating it points on an “extrovert scale”. This works particularly well for analysis of personality type, suitable future careers, learning styles and star signs.

9. Judge the answer key
Students are given the questions and information on how you should interpret the answers, and then decide whether they think it is fair and accurate. They could then change the answer key before they ask the questions to another person or group.

10. Make up your own answer key
Give students the questions and responses, and get them to write down what each answer means, e.g. how many points each answer should score on a “kinaesthetic learner scale”. They can then compare their ideas with other groups, or ask the questions to other groups and see if they agree with the conclusions and therefore whose answer keys are most accurate.

11. Guess the answer key as you answer the questions
As students answer the questions, they try to guess what each answer is supposed to mean, e.g. “How long do you wait for a bus before getting a taxi?” “Only two or three minutes. I guess that means I am impatient, right?”

12. Why do you say that?
After answering all the questions and being told what their response means, students try to guess which of their responses made the person using the answer key come to that conclusion.

13. Pass them round
Each team writes the first questionnaire question on the blank paper they have been given, then passes it around the class clockwise for the next team to write the second question on it, etc. This continues until there are lots of finished questionnaires, all of which have been written by the whole class. Alternatively, all the groups write the first question, then that piece of paper is passed so that the next group can write the options for the answers, then it is passed again for the next team to write what those responses mean or to write the next question. Continue until there are between five and seven questions on each questionnaire. This can be done with each questionnaire being on the same topic or different topics.

14. Complete it for a famous person
And then the other groups try and guess who they were pretending to be when they were answering.

15. Outrageous questions
People writing the questionnaire include one question that is totally unsuitable, e.g. a taboo question, one that is too direct, or one that is totally unrelated to the topic. The person answering the questions has to try and spot that question and politely refuse to answer it.

Written by Alex Case for Teflnet May 2009
Alex Case is the author of TEFLtastic and the Teaching...: Interactive Classroom Activities series of business and exam skills e-books for teachers
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