CLOSED SURVEY: COVID-19 Initial Survey Questions

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This survey was a pilot survey. It has been taken up by the ELT Branch of Unite the Union (Ireland). Thank you for participating. This survey is now closed. 7 April 2020

If you were working in ELT in Ireland at the time of COVID-19 Crisis, please email a your answers to these questions to eltadvocacy at gmail.com. You don’t have to answer them all. We are just trying to get a fuzzy picture of the sector as it experienced by people involved in our sector.

We are looking for about 10 responses from outside Dublin and within. Answers will not be shared without explicit permission asked and received.

Responses will be compiled to shape further study and strategies.

Thank you and stay safe

ELT Advocacy Ireland Organisers

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This survey was a pilot survey. It has been taken up by the ELT Branch of Unite the Union (Ireland). Thank you for participating. This survey is now closed. 7 April 2020

1. What was your situation? (accommodation/experience/employer/roles/affiliation)

2. How was your school doing in the first half of the month? Students? Staff? Conditions? Pay?

3. How were you notified that there would be a change?

4. What arrangements were proposed for students and classes?

5. What arrangements were proposed for you as a teaching staff cohort? (teachers specifically, but all staff if known)

6. What arrangements were proposed for you as an individual?

7. What about pay on Friday 13?
What about pay on Monday 16?
What about bank holiday pay (17 March)?

8. How did you file for pay at the end of this month?

9. What has happened since for students and classes?

10. What has happened since with staff?

This survey was a pilot survey. It has been taken up by the ELT Branch of Unite the Union (Ireland). Thank you for participating. This survey is now closed. 7 April 2020

11. How are you fixed for the duration of the month? (plans/income/accommodation/responsibilities)

12. What about the ideas and proposals to teach online for your school or otherwise during the crisis?

13. What would you like to see happen?

14. What’s the current situation with your school / classes / students / job?

15. Have you heard of the Employer COVID-19 Refund Scheme?

16. Have you heard of the inter-departmental and inter-agency Covid-19 Working Group for the English language education sector?

17. Has your union or teacher’s association been of help?

18. Have you contacted anyone in government about the sector as of yet? Who?

19. Any other comments or questions or ideas

20. How do you feel?

This survey was a pilot survey. It has been taken up by the ELT Branch of Unite the Union (Ireland). Thank you for participating. This survey is now closed. 7 April 2020

The Mental Health of English Language Teachers: Research Findings

This is an essential piece of reading for ELT school owners, associations, trainers and teachers, especially now. Thanks for the mention, Phil Longwell.

Teacher Phili

This is an extensive summary of the original research I carried out in December 2017.  It is published to coincide with a 30 minute talk at the IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) conference, in Brighton on 10 April 2018. It is my first ever presentation at any ELT conference.

Click here for a .pdf version of this post

Click here for a 25 minute, pre-recorded version of the presentation

Click here for the final slides

The focus of my talk, ‘Improving the mental health of English language teachers’ changed somewhat when I received such an overwhelming response to my survey.  I carried out a pilot using a small sample of five people – the week before it went live.  I received 156 responses in just the first 24 hours of it being published on 1 December.  I closed the survey after three weeks, having…

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