Student Surveys -
some high school students dare to ask and tell
@ 9 January 2006      
Thor's Korea Diary

Opinion poll posters by South Korean high school students

December 2005

If you are a teacher, you are sure to have done it. "What do you think about this?" you ask naively. Duh. Silence. An artful evasion of all eye contact. You have broken the rules. Teachers talk and students parrot. 'What does the creep want me to say... ?'

A couple of weeks ago I had a bunch of high school students (both genders) for a brief winter course. They'd just survived the ultimate Korean humiliation of secondary graduation exams, and were waiting to apply for universities. Heaven at last - once in you could forget about hagwons or study and catch up on a lost childhood. What kind of sadistic parents would dump them in this last brief shot at an English cram class?

Wasn't I in for a surprise! These characters were **bright** and they wanted to talk. Hey, this job started to look interesting at last. Well, you can't talk with thirty students at once (you can talk at them). I decided to let them loose on a series of projects, which they took to with verve.

Our final exercise was an opinion survey. Australian high school students do all kinds of research now, but this was a new deal for these South Koreans. We went through the basic requirements for questionnaires - open & closed questions, researcher neutrality, reliability etc. Once they had the concepts, it was up to them, in groups of two to four. They chose the topics, constructed the questions and conducted the interviews on anyone handy. My only rule was "this is an English zone : no Korean!". That was tough, but they played it pretty well.

Well, enough blah. What came out of all this? They made posters to summarize the results. I haven't tried to fix any funny English. Click the thumbnails below to see the scans. Yeah, I was taken aback by a couple of the topic choices too ..

[note : the original images are not reduced so you will have to scroll a bit. Reading them would have been difficult otherwise].

plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery



army service

Army service

internet addiction

Internet addiction





MBC camp

MBC music camp accident

mobile phones

Mobile phones

The movie industry

The movie industry

Singer privilege

Privileged university admission for pop stars

World cup

World cup prospects

Student Surveys in South Korea
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