English Learner Types Quiz

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People learn English for many reasons. Unfortunately, learners often think that there is only one way to learn English and that the same things are important for everyone. Students who are aware of why they are learning English can also be persuaded that different things are important for different learners. This lesson uses a quiz first placed online and helps identify learners as:

  1. English for Career Purposes Learner
  2. Global English Learner
  3. Learner Who Wants to Live (or already lives) in an English Speaking Culture
  4. English for Fun and Pleasure Learner
    • Aim: Raise students' awareness of what kind of English learner they are
    • Activity: English learning quiz
    • Level: Intermediate and above


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to discuss the various reasons that people have for learning English.
  • Have students take the quiz.
  • Score the quiz using the following chart:
    • English for Career Purposes Learner - Type 1 learner
    • Global English Learner - Type 2 learner
    • Learner Who Wants to Live (or already lives) in an English Speaking Culture - Type 3 learner
    • English for Fun and Pleasure Learner - Type 4 learner
    • Answers 6 questions or more as type 1 learner = English for Career Purposes Learner
    • Answers 6 questions or more as type 2 learner = Global English Learner
    • Answers 6 questions or more as type 3 learner = Learner Who Wants to Live (or already lives) in an English Speaking Culture
    • Answers 6 questions or more as type 4 learner = English for Fun and Pleasure Learner
  • Based on their score, give the students a copy of the learner type description included on the second page of this lesson plan.
  • Obviously, these learner types are approximating. However, by doing the quiz, students are made aware of why learning English is important to them and the 'learner type' profile helps them to better judge which activities are most important to them - and when to give themselves a break!
  • Finish the lesson with a follow-up discussion of the implications of these various learner types. ​
  • What Type of English Learner Are You? When do you use your English outside of class?
    • Speaking with other non-native English speakers (i.e., not American, British, Australia, etc. but with people who have learned English as a second or foreign language).
    • Speaking with native English speakers.
    • When I travel on holiday.
    • With colleagues on the telephone or by email.
      • A few hours every day
      • Once or twice a week
      • A little bit every day
      • At weekends
  • Why are you learning English?
    • To live in an English speaking country.
    • To use English to get a better job - Improve English for my current job.
    • To speak English on holidays.
    • To use English to stay informed by reading newspapers, magazines, the Internet.
  • Which statement best expresses your opinion about English?
    • It's important to speak English for my job.
    • It's important to speak American English or British English.
    • The most important thing is communicating. It doesn't matter whether you make a few mistakes.
    • I need to ask directions and order breakfast when I go on holiday.
  • Which is the most important English task for you?
    • Understanding native English speakers.
    • Writing excellent communication through email, or in letters.
    • Exchanging ideas with other people in English (both native and non-native speakers).
    • Asking for and understanding basic things in English.
  • How often do you use your English?
      • Quite often at work.
    • Every day at work, shopping and speaking to people.
    • Not very often, only when I travel or meet foreigners in my country.
    • On a regular basis when reading, speaking to friends via the internet, watching TV in English, etc.
  • How do you use English on the Internet?
    • Only to learn English. Otherwise, I visit sites in my language.
    • I like looking at pages in English from all around the world.
    • Doing research for my job.
    • I like visiting American or British sites to learn the slang and lifestyle.
  • Which statement is true for you?
    • Basic pronunciation is important, excellent pronunciation is impossible.
    • Pronunciation should be clear, it doesn't matter if it is British or American, etc.
    • Pronunciation is not so important, I need to understand and write English well.
    • Pronunciation and the correct accent is very important for me. I want native speakers (Americans, British, Australian, Canadian, etc.) to understand me.
  • Do you think that...
    • English learning is stressful but important for work.
    • English learning is essential to improve my life where I live.
    • English learning is fun and one of my hobbies.
    • English learning is one of my favorite hobbies.
  • Do you dream in English?
    • Never
    • Sometimes
    • Often
    • Rarely
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