How can I get my learners to self-assess their attitudes to reading?


How do I use the Attitudes to Reading Survey with my learners?

Let’s recap. The first piece of supporting evidence that you should gather for this assessment includes the reports for your two learners for the Assessment Tool Reading and Numeracy.

Next, we recommend that you also use some kind of learner self-assessment for aspects of literacy and numeracy. That’s what we’re talking about here. 

Here are some sample learner self-assessment questions that you can use to survey your learners’ attitudes towards using and learning reading. You can use or adapt these to suit your own context.

Tick the number that best matches your answer

1. How much do you like reading?

Hate it

Don’t like it much Okay Quite like it Love it

2. How good do you think you are at reading?

No good at all

Not very good Okay Quite good Really good
1 2 3 4


3. How confident do you feel about reading in your daily life?

Not at all confident

Not very confident Okay Quite confident Really confident

4. How important is reading for you in your daily life?

Not at all

Not very A bit Quite Very important

Click here to download this as a word document that you can edit.

Do I have to use this?

You need to provide various kinds of evidence that show how you have assessed your learners. For this part of the course, it needs to relate to diagnostic assessment.

Our recommendation is that either you use this self-assessment for surveying reading attitudes or design your own that is more appropriate for the needs of your learners. For example, if it’s more appropriate to use symbols, like thumbs up and thumbs down or smiley faces, to simplify this process then please go ahead.

You don’t have to use our template or even the same format. However, it’s there if it’s helpful or saves you time. You do need to have some kind of learner self-assessment for each of literacy and numeracy. One like this takes care of the literacy side of things.

Why is it useful to survey learner attitudes to reading?

There are lots of reasons for you to use and encourage this kind of learner self-assessment. Here are a few:

  • If you remember back to earlier modules, learner self-assessment is good practice and it encourages learners to take ownership over their own learning.
  • Learner attitudes give you insights into how people learn including what they feel motivated about.
  • Self-assessment encourages people to think about how they learn.
  • This kind of assessment allows you to measure increases in learner confidence if you use them as pre and post assessments.

There is also another reason.

  • As a tutor, your own attitudes to reading play an important part in how you teach it.

If you don’t think reading skills are valuable, or you just don’t like reading, then this will most likely be reflected in the kinds of messages that your learners pick up when they are with you.

What do I have to provide as evidence for the NZCALNE (Voc)?

As supporting evidence for this qualification, you need to supply two completed learner self-assessments for at least two learners. These are the same two learners from your group that you are working with through Assessments 5, 6 and 7.

You should supply these assessments electronically as scans or images once your learners have completed them.

Again, you can blank out learner names if you need to make them anonymous. If you do this, please refer to them as Learner A and Learner B. Make sure that you are consistent with this so that you can refer to the same learners all the way through.

Here it is again. You’ll need to collect and then supply scanned copies or images as follows:

  • Learner A: Self Assessment such as the Attitudes to Reading Survey.
  • Learner B: Self Assessment such as the Attitudes to Reading Survey.


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