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Language Provision:
Regional & Minority Languages Questionnaire

Institutional Details

  Name of Institution
  Website of Department
  Name of Respondent
  Contact Name
  Email Address

*** Please forward to colleagues to whom you think this questionnaire might apply. ***

The responses to this questionnaire will enable dissemination of information on the transnational provision and practice of teaching Regional and Minority Languages in Higher Education.

For the purposes of this survey, Regional and Minority languages are defined as official national languages spoken by a minority of citizens in the country (e.g. Irish in Ireland) or non-official regional languages spoken within a country (e.g. Frisian in Germany). National languages spoken by citizens of other countries are not included in this survey (e.g. German in Denmark). The Celtic languages are the subject of a separate survey and are not included here.

The questionnaire should take about 30 minutes to complete

Graduate School of Education
69-71 University Street
Northern Ireland
Email: e.mckendry@qub.ac.uk

The data returned in the Section 1 on course provision and staff will be made available on the CRAMLAP website. By returning this data you are consenting to the information being made available on the website. Your name, the contact name and the email address will not be made available outside the project.

The information from Section 2, on methodology and approaches to teaching, will be analysed by the project partners and presented as papers. Without prior permission, individual names and institutions will not be identified from the data provided in this questionnaire

Section 1 : Provision/Staff

Q1 Which Regional or Minority language(s) does your institution/department teach?
  Language Language Only Language & Literature Ab initio/Beginners Other Levels

Any additional information?

Q2 In which department or section in your institution is the Regional or Minority language taught?
Q3 What is the staff provision for Regional and Minority languages?

Full-time Lecturers
Part-time/Hourly-paid lecturers
Foreign Language Assistants/ Lecturers*

*‘foreign’ designates a speaker of a Regional or Minority language who comes from a country in which the language is spoken. Such speakers may be employed on a short-term contract.

Q4 How many students are enrolled on each course? (full-time/part-time)

  Language A 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02
  Language B 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02
  Language C 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02
Q5 To which levels is it possible to study the language(s)?
  Language 1 - Minor element of degree 2 - Full undergraduate degree level 3 - Postgrad. Diploma/ Master’s level 4 - Doctoral level

Any additional information or other qualifications?

Q6 Are Regional and Minority languages available as a non-degree/optional course in any of the following? (Please tick all that apply)
Institution-Wide Language programme
Language Centre
Open-learning Centre
Other (please specify)
Q7 Does your institution have a Socrates-Erasmus student mobility programme for Regional and Minority languages? (please provide details)
Q8 Has your institution been involved in any European projects for Regional and Minority languages?
Q9 What are the main research interests in your department/institution?
Linguistics (specify areas)
Literature (specify areas)
Other (please specify)
Q10 List any relevant research centres in your department or institution
Q11 Does your Department publish any journal or newsletter related to Regional and Minority languages?
Yes (please specify)

Section 2: Teaching & Learning Methodology


Please rank 1-5 (1 = highest) the competences that your methodology for teaching Regional and Minority languages aims to provide students with.

  1 2 3 4 5
Communicative competence
Reading competence
Grammatical competence
Linguistic competence
Other (please specify)

Can you give further information on your approach to teaching languages

Q13 What textbooks do you use to teach your language(s)?

Standard textbooks (please specify)

Others (please specify)

Q14 What supporting resources do you use in lessons?

Personal materials (please specify)

Other kinds of written material e.g. dual language texts; magazine, newspaper texts (please specify)

Audio materials e.g. TV; tapes; videos; CDs; DVDs (please specify)

Computer or internet-based materials (please specify)

Other materials (please specify)

Q15 Have you any comments on the textbooks and resources available, and their methodologies?

Q16 What further materials would you like to have to teach the language?

Q17 Is your academic year organised by:
Q18 How much class contact time per week do the RAM students have?
1 hour per week
2 hours per week
3 hours per week
more (please specify)
Q19 How much personal study time is recommended?
1-3 hours per week
3-6 hours per week
6 plus hours per week
Any additional comment
Q20 Do your Regional and Minority teachers have prior language teaching experience?
Yes (please specify)
Q21 Do your Regional or Minority language teachers possess teaching qualifications?
Yes (please specify)
Q22 Is any training/staff development provided by your institution for language teaching staff?
Generic staff development (please specify)
Specific staff development for Language teachers (please specify)
Q23 Do students evaluate the course at the end of the year/ semester?
Q24 How do students evaluate the course? (Tick all that apply)
Evaluation sheets
Verbal feedback
Discussion groups
Other (please specify)
Q25 How are students assessed?
Continuous Assessment
Other (please specify)
Q26 Any further comment on Regional and Minority language teaching in your institution?


This is the end of the questionnaire, thank you for taking the time to fill it in.


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