Hello you all,

I'm a student currently doing a small survey on cultural differences in conversational styles. I need help from English native speakers to answer my 5 short questions (2 are closed and 3 open-ended). You can PM me your email address and I'll send you the questionnaire or you just download it here and send it to this address: Email Removed">Email Removed.

Thank you in advance!

Well, I've attached the file but was not allowed Emotion: sad. Here are the links to download it. Sorry for this inconvenience.

http://download.yousendit.com/099A6BF5661C195B

or

http://www.sendspace.com/file/4kb8ls
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Hi Linh,

Welcome to the Forum.

I suggest that the best thing to do is to paste your questions right into your post, here on the Forum. I think you might get more answers that way.

Best wishes, Clive
I see. Thanks Clive! I'll follow your advice. Here I post my questions. Welcome your answers, comments and suggestions. Emotion: smile

SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE

Hello! I’m currently doing a research on different conversational styles in small group discussion. This survey questionnaire is distributed in order to collect information for my research. By answering the following questions you have contributed to the success of my study. Thank you for your cooperation!

Personal information (For your convenience, please highlight or bold your choice. if needed)

1. Nationality:

2. Occupation:

3. Range of Age:

less than 15 15- 20 20 25 25 30 over 30

4. Gender

Male Female

The context for the following questions

Ø A group discussion

Ø The group contains 4-7 people

Ø The topic is serious

PART I

Please put a cross (x) at your choice

1. How do you rate your frequency of having the following behaviours in a group discussion?

Always: 5

Often: 4

Sometimes: 3

Rarely: 2

Never: 1

a. take turn to speak

b. interrupt other members

c. overlap other members

d. use gestures (hand gestures, head gestures etc.) when speaking

e. keep silent

*Are there any other behaviours you use when you discuss in a small group? If yes, what are they and how often do you use them?

2. In a group discussion, how do you often speak up your opinion?

a. I tend to go directly into the matter (e.g. “Absolutely right!”. “No, it’s wrong” etc.)

b. I tend to find other ways to express my opinion rather than getting right to the point. (“Perhaps”, “Your idea might work in another case”, etc.)

c. Other opinion (please specify):

PART II

1. If a member in your group often overlaps and/or interrupts other members, how do you feel about 1him?

2. What is your opinion about a member who often keeps silent in a group discussion?

3. If a member expresses 2his opinion by going directly into the matter (e.g. saying “I disagree”, “It’s completely right” etc.), what do you think?

Thank you for your cooperation!

1him & 2his: For reasons of simplicity, him and his are used when referring to a speaker, even though the use of the male form only might be considered sexist. Therefore, it is important to note that him is meant as standing for him/her, his for his/ her in this context.
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Personal information (For your convenience, please highlight or bold your choice. if needed)

1. Nationality: American

2. Occupation: University Student

3. Range of Age:

less than 15 15- 20 20 -25 25- 30 over 30

4. Gender

Male Female

The context for the following questions

Ø A group discussion

Ø The group contains 4-7 people

Ø The topic is serious

PART I

Please put a cross (x) at your choice

1. How do you rate your frequency of having the following behaviours in a group discussion?

Always: 5

Often: 4

Sometimes: 3

Rarely: 2

Never: 1

a. take turn to speak 4

b. interrupt other members 2

c. overlap other members 3

d. use gestures (hand gestures, head gestures etc.) when speaking 5

e. keep silent 2

*Are there any other behaviours you use when you discuss in a small group? If yes, what are they and how often do you use them?

I personally don't mind discussing controversial topics, but I hate when people get too emotionally involved and can't discuss something they feel strongly about without getting upset. As a result, I find myself often trying to express my opinion in the most gentle way possible without misrepresenting my position.

2. In a group discussion, how do you often speak up your opinion?

a. I tend to go directly into the matter (e.g. “Absolutely right!”. “No, it’s wrong” etc.)

b. I tend to find other ways to express my opinion rather than getting right to the point. (“Perhaps”, “Your idea might work in another case”, etc.)

c. Other opinion (please specify):

PART II

1. If a member in your group often overlaps and/or interrupts other members, how do you feel about 1him?

It depends on the context, but generally I would consider it rude, and possibly a sign that the person is getting too emotional.

2. What is your opinion about a member who often keeps silent in a group discussion?

That person is either very shy or doesn't know much regarding the topic at hand.

3. If a member expresses 2his opinion by going directly into the matter (e.g. saying “I disagree”, “It’s completely right” etc.), what do you think?

What I think depends heavily on what they next say. I don't have a lot of respect for people who hold strong opinions but haven't given much thought to the subject (such as considering other points-of-view) or seem misinformed. However, if they've obviously weighed varying perspectives, considered the facts, and then reached a conclusion, I will generally respect their opinion no matter what it may be.
SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE

Personal information (For your convenience, please highlight or bold your choice. if needed)

1. Nationality: Canadian

2. Occupation: Teacher

3. Range of Age:

less than 15 15- 20 20 25 25 30 over 30

4. Gender

Male Female

The context for the following questions

Ø A group discussion

Ø The group contains 4-7 people

Ø The topic is serious

PART I

Please put a cross (x) at your choice

1. How do you rate your frequency of having the following behaviours in a group discussion?

Always: 5

Often: 4

Sometimes: 3

Rarely: 2

Never: 1

a. take turn to speak 4

b. interrupt other members 4

c. overlap other members 4

d. use gestures (hand gestures, head gestures etc.) when speaking 2

e. keep silent 1

*Are there any other behaviours you use when you discuss in a small group? If yes, what are they and how often do you use them?

2. In a group discussion, how do you often speak up your opinion?

a. I tend to go directly into the matter (e.g. “Absolutely right!”. “No, it’s wrong” etc.) Yes

b. I tend to find other ways to express my opinion rather than getting right to the point. (“Perhaps”, “Your idea might work in another case”, etc.) No

c. Other opinion (please specify):

PART II

1. If a member in your group often overlaps and/or interrupts other members, how do you feel about 1him? If it's me, I think I'm involved and interesting. If it's someone else, I wish they'd be more polite.

2. What is your opinion about a member who often keeps silent in a group discussion? Hard to say without knowing the person and the nature of the discussion.

3. If a member expresses 2his opinion by going directly into the matter (e.g. saying “I disagree”, “It’s completely right” etc.), what do you think? It's fine.

Thank you for your cooperation!
Personal information (For your convenience, please highlight or bold your choice. if needed)

1. Nationality: British

2. Occupation: TEFL English Teacher

3. Range of Age:

less than 15 15- 20 20 -25 25- 30 over 30

4. Gender

Male Female

The context for the following questions

Ø A group discussion

Ø The group contains 4-7 people

Ø The topic is serious

PART I

Please put a cross (x) at your choice

1. How do you rate your frequency of having the following behaviours in a group discussion?

Always: 5

Often: 4

Sometimes: 3

Rarely: 2

Never: 1

a. take turn to speak 5

b. interrupt other members 1

c. overlap other members 1

d. use gestures (hand gestures, head gestures etc.) when speaking 3

e. keep silent 2

*Are there any other behaviours you use when you discuss in a small group? If yes, what are they and how often do you use them?

2. In a group discussion, how do you often speak up your opinion?

a. I tend to go directly into the matter (e.g. “Absolutely right!”. “No, it’s wrong” etc.)

b. I tend to find other ways to express my opinion rather than getting right to the point. (“Perhaps”, “Your idea might work in another case”, etc.)

c. Other opinion (please specify):

B - Everyone will always have their own opinions and some stronger than others option B is my personal preference to avoid conflicts that are unnecessary.

PART II

1. If a member in your group often overlaps and/or interrupts other members, how do you feel about 1him?

It would be quite irratating and I would encourage the other members to express their opinions also, there are always people that are highly opinionated and tend not to listen to others opinions, this is where you need to be assertive.

2. What is your opinion about a member who often keeps silent in a group discussion?

I would not have an opinion about them, it depends on the situation if you have the above scenario then it would be normal for someone to be silent if they feel intimidated again I would try to encourage this person to interact.

3. If a member expresses 2his opinion by going directly into the matter (e.g. saying “I disagree”, “It’s completely right” etc.), what do you think?

It is fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion as long as they are respectful wth it, if they listen to others and still believe they are right then you will never change this. However it would be annoying if he didnt want to listen to others opinions, and got very uptight about it.

I am very open and believe that everyone is entitiled to their own opinion, whether I agree or not. This always helps in these scenarios :-)
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Personal information


1. Nationality: Australan
2. Occupation: Teacher of English

3. Range of Age: Over thirty

4. Gender; Male

The context for the following questions

Ø A group discussion

Ø The group contains 4-7 people

Ø The topic is serious

PART I

Please put a cross (x) at your choice

1. How do you rate your frequency of having the following behaviours in a group discussion?

Always: 5

Often: 4

Sometimes: 3

Rarely: 2

Never: 1

a. take turn to speak 4

b. interrupt other members 2

c. overlap other members 2

d. use gestures (hand gestures, head gestures etc.) when speaking 5

e. keep silent 2

*Are there any other behaviours you use when you discuss in a small group? If yes, what are they and how often do you use them?

2. In a group discussion, how do you often speak up your opinion?


An appropriate mixture of a. and b.

a. I tend to go directly into the matter (e.g. “Absolutely right!”. “No, it’s wrong” etc.)

b. I tend to find other ways to express my opinion rather than getting right to the point. (“Perhaps”, “Your idea might work in another case”, etc.)

c. Other opinion (please specify):

PART II

1. If a member in your group often overlaps and/or interrupts other members, how do you feel about 1him? He is discourteous.

2. What is your opinion about a member who often keeps silent in a group discussion? He is probably thinking.

3. If a member expresses 2his opinion by going directly into the matter (e.g. saying “I disagree”, “It’s completely right” etc.), what do you think? He may be right. I should try to give him a fair hearing.
Personal information (For your convenience, please highlight or bold your choice. if needed)

1. Nationality: BRITISH

2. Occupation: COPYWRITER/PR

3. Range of Age:

less than 15 15- 20 20 25 25 30 over 30

4. Gender

Male Female

The context for the following questions

Ø A group discussion

Ø The group contains 4-7 people

Ø The topic is serious

PART I

Please put a cross (x) at your choice

1. How do you rate your frequency of having the following behaviours in a group discussion?

Always: 5

Often: 4

Sometimes: 3

Rarely: 2

Never: 1

a. take turn to speak 4

b. interrupt other members 2

c. overlap other members 3

d. use gestures (hand gestures, head gestures etc.) when speaking 5

e. keep silent 2

*Are there any other behaviours you use when you discuss in a small group? If yes, what are they and how often do you use them?

It depends on the group. I behave differently in a formal business setting than in, say a group of close friends, even though both groups could be discussing a serious topic. Behaviour such as interupting and overlapping are more common in groups where the relationships are less formal, such as friends. I would interupt a friend but I wouldn't interrupt my boss.

2. In a group discussion, how do you often speak up your opinion?

a. I tend to go directly into the matter (e.g. “Absolutely right!”. “No, it’s wrong” etc.) 3

b. I tend to find other ways to express my opinion rather than getting right to the point. (“Perhaps”, “Your idea might work in another case”, etc.) 3

c. Other opinion (please specify):

Again this depends on the group. I'd be more diplomatic in a work/business/training setting than with my friends.

PART II

1. If a member in your group often overlaps and/or interrupts other members, how do you feel about 1him?

If someone does this often, then I would think that they were an arrogant person who was not really interested in what the other people have to say.

2. What is your opinion about a member who often keeps silent in a group discussion?

I feel they must be very shy.

3. If a member expresses 2his opinion by going directly into the matter (e.g. saying “I disagree”, “It’s completely right” etc.), what do you think?

It could be that they are either closed-minded or that they feel very strongly/have a lot of knowledge about the issue.
Personal information (For your convenience, please highlight or bold your choice. if needed)

1. Nationality: BRITISH

2. Occupation: COPYWRITER/PR

3. Range of Age:

less than 15 15- 20 20 25 25 30 over 30

4. Gender

Male Female

The context for the following questions

Ø A group discussion

Ø The group contains 4-7 people

Ø The topic is serious

PART I

Please put a cross (x) at your choice

1. How do you rate your frequency of having the following behaviours in a group discussion?

Always: 5

Often: 4

Sometimes: 3

Rarely: 2

Never: 1

a. take turn to speak 4

b. interrupt other members 2

c. overlap other members 3

d. use gestures (hand gestures, head gestures etc.) when speaking 5

e. keep silent 2

*Are there any other behaviours you use when you discuss in a small group? If yes, what are they and how often do you use them?

It depends on the group. I behave differently in a formal business setting than in, say a group of close friends, even though both groups could be discussing a serious topic. Behaviour such as interupting and overlapping are more common in groups where the relationships are less formal, such as friends. I would interupt a friend but I wouldn't interrupt my boss.

2. In a group discussion, how do you often speak up your opinion?

a. I tend to go directly into the matter (e.g. “Absolutely right!”. “No, it’s wrong” etc.) 3 -sometimes

b. I tend to find other ways to express my opinion rather than getting right to the point. (“Perhaps”, “Your idea might work in another case”, etc.) 3 - sometimes

c. Other opinion (please specify):

Again, this depends on the group. I'd be more diplomatic in a work/business/training setting than with my friends.

PART II

1. If a member in your group often overlaps and/or interrupts other members, how do you feel about 1him?

If someone does this often, then I would think that they were an arrogant person who was not really interested in what the other people have to say.

2. What is your opinion about a member who often keeps silent in a group discussion?

I feel they must be very shy.

3. If a member expresses 2his opinion by going directly into the matter (e.g. saying “I disagree”, “It’s completely right” etc.), what do you think?

It could be that they are either closed-minded or that they feel very strongly/have a lot of knowledge about the issue and are justified in making such a statement. I suspect my reaction has more to do with whether I agree with them or not, than an objective view.
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