Dual Language Teacher Survey



  1. What is the total number of years of general teaching experience (not necessarily with second language learners) that you have?


  1. How many years have you taught in a bilingual or dual language classroom?


  1. How many years have you taught in the dual language program in the district?


  1. What do you believe is the dual language program's greatest strength in your school?


  1. What is the the dual language program's greatest challenge?


  1. In teaching, I usually
    make sure I keep the two languages separate
    try to keep the two languages separate, but sometimes mix or switch
    switch languages when children don't understand me
    switch languages frequently


  1. What do you consider to be your first or stronger language?
    Spanish
    English


  1. What, if any certificates or endorsements to you have?
    Administration
    Bilingual/ESL
    Other


  1. What is the highest degree you have recieved?
    high school diploma
    associate of arts degree
    bachelor's degree
    master's degree
    doctoral degree


  1. Our principal agrees with the idea that the minority lanugage should be used for classroom instructional purposes.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Both languages are used equally and valued throughout the school and in school communications.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Our principal expects high performance from the teachers.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Our principal communicates high expectations for our students.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. The non-dual language teachers in my school are well informed about the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. The non-dual language teachers in my school are critical of the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. The Board of Education is supportive of the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. The administrative leadership (off-site) have helped in recruitment, obtaining funds, etc. for the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Our district is pushing to make the dual language program exemplary.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Our program better serves the needs of English speakers than Spanish speakers.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Our district seems to have conflicting ideas about the best way to implement bilingual education.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Our district is really committed to serving the needs of our Spanish-speaking students.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. The dual language program has a sufficient supply of non-English language materials and necessary institutional resources.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. There is a sufficient number of bilingual teacher aides.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. There are too few English-speaking students in my classroom.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. There are too few Spanish-speaking students in my classroom.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Teachers are given enough training in how to properly implement the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Dual language teachers are given so much training that it is difficult to incorporate what we have learned into our teaching.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. While teachers have received training in many areas, there has not been the follow-through that would help us correctly implement these strategies in the classroom.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I am overwhelmed with all the extra work I have to do in the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I enjoy teaching in the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. We have a very effective dual language program for Spanish-speaking students.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. We have a very effective dual language program for English-speaking students.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I know it is difficult to treat students of different genders, ethnicities, language backgrounds, social classes equitably, but I have not received enough instruction to know how to really treat students equitably.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I find that I tend to expect more of my English speakers than I do of my Spanish speakers.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Spanish-speaking students, parents, staff and community members are made to feel like a valuable part of our school culture.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. We have developed language objectives by grade level for the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. We have discussed how to articulate the dual language program across grade levels.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Dual language teachers work together in teams or as a group to plan for instruction.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I team teach with other colleagues.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Dual language teachers do not spend enough time as a group or team to plan for instruction.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. At-risk students should be given assignments that require problem-solving aptitude.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I give special privileges to students who do the best academically.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I encourage students to take risks academically.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. It is better to give students work that is too easy than work that is too hard.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Grouping students by ability increases gaps between the highs and the lows.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I feel I have support to deal with almost any learning problem.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. At-risk students should be given assignments that require creativity.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I am certain I am making a difference in the lives of my students.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I integrate multicultural themse and literature throughout the year.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I am good at helping all students in my class make significant improvement.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. At-risk students should be given assignments they can learn from even if they will have difficulty.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Sometimes I have difficulty helping my LEP students because they are a little behind my English-speaking students.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I use language that is slightly below my students' abilities so they will be sure to understand.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I use cooperative academic activities with mixed ability level groups.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I accept all students' attempts at communication even if they are expessed incorrectly.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I rarely or never explain points of grammar to my students.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. During content instruction, I respond to student questions and answers even if they use the other language.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I think it makes more sense to students to discuss multiethnic themes around holidays or social studies units that discuss the particular ethnic group.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I have developed specific language objectives that I incorporate into content.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. During content instruction, I might switch languages within the lesson to reinforce certain concepts.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. When teaching in English, I often have to find a way to make the lesson less difficult for my students so they don't become frustrated.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. When teaching in Spanish, I often have to find a way to make the lesson less difficult for my students so they don't become frustrated.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I often try to relate new vocabulary and knowledge to information the students have previously learned.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. (Grade 3 and Above) I expect correct spelling punctuation, and grammar on most written assignments.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I provide many activities and opportunities for students to talk with one another (especially Spanish-speakers with English-speakers).
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I develop activities to address consistent language errors that students make.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I model writing in the classroom through journals and other activities.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Sometimes I feel that my Spanish proficiency isn't at a high enough level to really provide students with different ways of expressing or understanding concepts or vocabulary items.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Sometimes I feel that my English proficiency isn't at a high enough level to really provide students with different ways of expressing or understanding concepts or vocabulary items.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. All language that is displayed in my classroom is free of errors (including accents in Spanish).
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. My students are almost always on task.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. My English-speaking parents do not know how to assist thier children at home with homework or school activities.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. My Spanish-speaking parents do not know how to assist thier children at home with homework or school activities.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I don't really understand all that I should about the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable interacting with Spanish-speaking parents.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable interacting with English-speaking parents.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. English-speaking parents in my classroom are supportive of the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Spanish-speaking parents in my classroom are supportive of the dual language program.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. English speaking parents in my classroom are worried about their children learning to read in English.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Spanish speaking parents in my classroom are worried about their children learning to read in English.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Spanish-speaking parents are represented on our PTA/PTO.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Assemblies in our building are consistently conducted in both languages.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Announcements in our building are consistently conducted in both languages.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. In the past year, I have participated in events of professional organizations concerned with bilingual education, such as NABE, IAMME, etc.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. In the past year, I have participated in training or classes about dual language / second language learning. (For example, through the Illinois Resource Center.)
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. In general, I am satisfied with the way the dual language program is operating.
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, Educational Equity, using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, Integrating Multicultural Content, using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, Second Language Development, using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, Balanced Literacy, using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, Differentiation of Instruction, using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, The Writing Process, using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, SIOP(Sheltered English), using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable


  1. Rate your training/understanding/use of the following concept, Ruby Payne - Poverty, using the scale below:
    1) No training, no understanding
    2) No training, but some understanding
    3) Training, but still don't undestand
    4) Training, and incorporate to some extent
    5) Training, and feel very comfortable
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    No training  Training and feel very comfortable