Appendix 1: General Questionnaire and Interview Schedule for Learners Part I Background information 1. Name: _______; Age _______; Sex _______; Years of learning English _______ 2. Home Province and City __________________ 3. English Scores on Final exams last term _______ / _______ 4. English Score on Senior High School Entrance Examination (if applicable) _______ / _______ 5. English Score on National English Matriculation test (if applicable) _______ / _______ 6. English Scores on IELTS (if applicable) _______ / _______ 7. How do you rate your English profi ciency as compared with the profi ciency of other students in your class? Good Fair Poor 8. Telephone: _____________ Email: _____________ Part II Questionnaire (Please mark the number which best indicates your true feeling.) 1. How much does text memorisation help in your English learning? Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Very much 2. How do you see the process of text memorisation? Boring 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Interesting 192 3. Is it necessary for text memorisation to continue to be practiced in English learning in China? Absolutely not necessary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 absolutely necessary Part III Interview guide 1. Could you recall your experience of learning English through text memorisation? • When and how did you begin to use text memorisation in English learning? • Did you continue to use it afterwards? 2. What is your overall opinion on text memorisation? • What is your comment on the metaphor ‘good medicine that tastes bitter’ or ‘a thorny rose’ (quoted in Ding, 2004)? • To quote one students, ‘If I recited...
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