More Mini-Polls

27 Jul 2003

I did a poll activity with my students a while back. They were told to choose interesting yes/no questions or either/or questions, and then they polled each other in small groups. It got some interesting results. I did the same activity again with my summer class. Keep in mind these are Chinese kids 18-20 years old, and only 4 of the 25 students are male. (Due to the nature of the activity, results will not always have the full 25 responses.) Take a look at some of the new results…

Format:
Poll results will follow the question, in parentheses and color-coded. “Yes” answers will always be first in blue, followed by “no” answers in red.

> Do you think Mr. Chiang Kai-shek had great devotion to the Chinese people? (24, 1)

> Do you prefer boys with long hair or short hair? (1, 22)

> Can you drink wine [meaning any alcohol]? (11, 13)

> Do you like basketball or football [soccer] more? (16, 8)

> Do you like gentlemen [as opposed to “bad boys,” I suppose]? (16, 9)

> Would you prefer to live with your family or with your friends? (13, 10)

> Do you want to have a child? (22, 2)

> If you had a child, would you want a boy or a girl? (5, 13, 6 said “either”)

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

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