Wednesday 31 December 2008

Survey on Using Sarcasm to Teach English

As some of you might know, I am pursuing a post-grad Specialist Diploma in English Language Teaching at Singapore Polytechnic. Well, as part of the course requirements, I am to conduct a small research exercise, and I have decided to explore the possibility of designing lessons that incorporate sarcasm as a teaching tool.

As part of the research, I am conducting a survey to find out how many English language teachers are aware of using sarcasm as a teaching tool, whether they have done so, and, if they would consider using a lesson design provided to them that uses sarcasm to teach.

The survey is a 9-question MCQ one, and will take probably 30 seconds to a minute to complete. I would like to ask all those who have taught English Language at any level to attempt the survey and humbly request all of you to forward this email to others as well. The survey can be accessed at the following link:

I am aiming for about 100 responses at least but if I can get more, then it will make the data look that much more impressive. As part of the research I'll be creating sample lessons designed around the element of sarcasm, and I will share them on my blog (as well as the results of the survey, of course) for everyone and anyone to use as necessary. I sincerely believe a lesson that employs sarcasm as part of the design can be incredibly fun - for both the teacher and the students, whilst being very effective as well.

Thank you so much for the help, take care, and Happy New Year!

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