The School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, UK, in conjunction with the British Council is carrying out survey of teachers’ experiences of teaching English to children between the ages of approximately 9 and 14 as they move from their initial level of compulsory schooling (usually primary/elementary school, Level 1) to the next level of the school curriculum (Level 2). This move is often called ‘transition’.

Transition takes place at different stages and at a variety of ages in different countries and may involve the move from:

primary/elementary school to secondary school curriculum
primary/elementary school to middle school curriculum
primary/elementary school to high/junior high school curriculum
preparatory school to lower secondary school curriculum

Because of these differences from country to country, in this project, we refer to the last year of the initial level as Level 1 and the first year of the higher level as Level 2.

If you teach English to transition students at Level 1 or Level 2, we would like to invite you to complete this survey. It should take you about 20 minutes.

The aim of the project is to make recommendations for improving the experience of this transition period for children and teachers and to offer practical suggestions for making the transition easier.

The survey is anonymous. However, if you are willing to be contacted by us for a follow-up discussion or would like to receive a copy of the outcomes, please give your contact details at the end of the survey.

If you fully complete the survey, you will also have the chance to win one of the newest books on 'teaching listening':

Burns, A. & J.C. Richards (2012). Tips for teaching listening: A practical approach. White Plains, NJ: Pearson.


You can find more details on the last page of the survey.

You can find out more about the project at


If you have any questions, please contact:

Professor Anne Burns (a.c.burns@aston.ac.uk)
Dr Muna Morris-Adams (m.m.adams@aston.ac.uk)