University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0725
Survey Title 1st Basic Survey on English Teaching in Junior High Schools (Survey of Teachers and Students), 2008-2009
Depositor Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute
(Former Name:Benesse Corporation)
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Summary This survey was conducted to capture the actual state of English education in junior high schools. It consists of a “teacher survey” of English teachers in junior high school and a “student survey” of second-year junior high school students. It was designed to allow analysis of English education in junior high schools from both the teachers’ and learners’ perspectives. The characteristics of this survey are as follows.

1. Understanding the actual state of English education and the attitudes of English teachers in junior high schools
Survey items have been provided to capture basic facts about teaching methods in class, teaching materials, and homework and to gain information on teachers’ self-study efforts to improve their skills and attitudes, views of education, and attitudes toward English education in elementary school.

2. Understanding relationships between the actual state of junior high school students’ English learning and their attitudes to English and foreign countries
Survey items have been included for a broad understanding of the actual situation of junior high school students’ English learning both in and out of school and their attitudes toward English and foreign countries.

3. Understanding English education in junior high schools from both teachers’ and learners’ perspectives
As this survey consists of two surveys—the “teacher survey” and the “student survey”—it enables understanding of the actual state of English education from the perspective of both the teacher and the learner.

4. Survey design accounting for relationships between the “teacher survey” and the “student survey”
Both surveys were conducted in the same year and the relationships between them were the foremost consideration from the survey design stage to the analysis. Moreover, teachers’ and students’ attitudes can be compared for certain question items.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe [Teacher survey] English teachers at public junior high schools in Japan (Head English teachers were requested to respond)
[Student survey] Second-year junior high school students in Japan (all from public schools)
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size [Teacher survey] 3,643 teachers (number of questionnaires distributed: 9,322, response rate: 39.1%)
[Student survey] 2,967 students
Date of Collection 2008-07 ~ 2009-02
Time Period 2008 ~ 2009
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Purposive
The student survey adopts non-probability sampling, considering municipality population size and population density
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
[Teacher survey] Mail survey
[Student survey] Self-administered questionnaire survey distributed and collected through schools
Investigator Benesse Corporation
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0725
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items [Teacher survey]
(1) Face items
Gender, age, years of teaching experience, regular/non-regular, homeroom class, year respondent is in charge of, etc.

(2) Teaching and activities
Teaching type, frequency of participation by assistant language teacher (ALT) in class, how ALT is involved in classes, proportion of time spent on teaching and activities, proportion of time spent on 4 key skills (reading/listening/writing/speaking), teaching methods in class, proportion of use of English, important things/things respondent does when teaching, teaching materials, treatment of textbook, homework, assessment, areas where students stumble

(3) Teachers’ attitudes and self-study efforts to improve skills
Participation in training, useful training, training respondent wants to take, self-study efforts to improve skills, worries, what is important as an English teacher, what respondent values when teaching English

(4) Elementary school English
Proportion of students with experience of English education in elementary school, involvement in elementary school English, opinion on the effectiveness, etc. of elementary school English

[Student survey]
(1) Face items

(2) Learning English before starting junior high school
Whether or not respondent has experience with Elementary school English/frequency/starting year, attitude to elementary school English, whether or not respondent has experience with learning English outside school before starting junior high school/type, contents of English learning outside school before starting junior high school, attitude to English study outside school before starting junior high school

(3) Learning English in junior high school
Level of understanding of classes, when respondent does not understand something when learning English, proportion of time spent on being taught and doing activities, strengths/weaknesses in English, when respondent came to feel that they are not good at English, when respondent was most motivated, desirable classes, grades in English, areas where respondent stumbles often, favorite subject

(4) Learning English outside school
Time spent on study outside school, types of English learning outside school (after-school lessons/study at home)

(5) Attitudes toward Learning English
Attitudes toward 4 key skills (reading/listening/writing/speaking), motivation for learning

(6) Attitudes to English and foreign countries
Exposure to English in daily life, English abilities that respondent wants to acquire in the future, consciousness on the future concerning foreign countries and English, interest in other cultures, relationship with foreign countries and English

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2014/11/17
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Compulsory and pre-school education
Language and linguistics
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2014-11-17
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.
*The following data are not publicly available.
- [Teacher survey] 2A, 10SQ4, 18, 19B, 23, 24SQ1