These are the questions Matt uses for interview questions that could be used by any Western school (the questions I use are in a separate file):
1.What's your name?
2.Where do you live?
3.How long have you lived there?
4.Do you study English at school?
5.What do your parents do for a job?
6.Do you like studying English?
7.Why do you want to study English?
8.What do you do in your free time?
9.What books do you like to read?
10.What are your future plans?
11.What is the name of your school?
12.How do you get to school?
13.What do you want to do when you grow up.
14.Are the teachers friendly at your school.
15.What is the thing you like most at your school?
16.What do you not like?
17.What is your favorite subject?
18.What is the most important thing you have learned in the past year?
19.What is your least favorite subject in school?
20.What is your favorite part of the school day?
21.Do you like to learn?
22.Is learning cool at your school?
23.What is more important? Learning or getting good grades?
24.If I spoke to your teachers, what would they say about you?
25.Tell me what you family thinks about you going to school?
26.Is there anything else you want to tell me about?
27.What are you passionate about?
28.Do you play a musical instrument?
29.Who is your favorite teacher? Why?
30.Who is you least favorite teacher?
31.What were some of the rules you had to follow at your high school?
32.Which rules did you think were unfair?
33.Did you ever get caught breaking any school rules?
34.What are the major characteristics you think a teacher should have?
35.What subjects are the most important?
36.Which subjects do you think are not useful or needed anymore?
37.Are boys and girls treated differently by teachers in coeducational schools that you have attended? If so, how?
38.Describe your perfect school.
39.Tell me three things you would bring to this school.
40.If you could meet one person in history, not a relative, who would it be and why?
41.Are you involved in community service projects? What? Why?
42.What did you do this past summer?
43.When faced with a problem, how do you solve it?
44.How would you help a friend with a problem?
45.Describe your family.
46.What is your greatest strength as a student?
47.What is your greatest weakness?
48.Tell me about your friends. What are their names? What are they like? What do you do together?
49.What experience do you have in speaking, reading, and writing in English?
50.What has happened recently in current events that interests you?
51.What do you read outside of school?
52.If you could be any character in a book, who would you become?
53.What is your favorite movie?
54.What is your favorite television show.
55.Why should we select you?
56.What is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to you?
57.What is your greatest accomplishment?
58.What is the biggest disappointment in your life?
59.What is your favorite holiday?
60.If you could do anything, what would it be?
61.Dulwich-specific questions that were found in Dulwich's book:
62.Do you like playing team sports?
63.What team sports have you played before?
64.What skills are developed by playing team sports?
65.Is it better to play team or individual sports?
66.Do you think too much competition in sports is bad?
67.Do team sports encourage competition or team work?
68.Do you like fast food?
69.What is your favorite fast food?
70.Why do you think fast food is popular?
71.Do you prefer traditional Chinese food or fast food?
72.What are the dangers of having too much fast food?
73.Do you think fast food adverts should be banned?
74.Are there boys and girls in your school?
75.Would you like to go to a single-gender school?
76.Why do some parents want their child to go to a single-gender school?
77.Why might it be a bad idea to go to a single-gender school?
78.Why might it be a good idea for high school, but not for primary school?
79.Should the Chinese government encourage more schools to become single-sex schools?
80.Do you read books?
81.Do you enjoy reading?
82.What kind of books are most popular amongst young people?
83.Is it better to watch movies or read books?
84.Do you think young people read more books now than in the past?
85.Will young people still be reading books in the future?
86.Have you travelled to other countries before?
87.Which countries are you most interested in visiting?
88.Do you enjoy travelling?
89.Would it be better to travel inside China rather than to other countries?
90.What problems are caused by travelling overseas?
91. What can we learn from travelling?
92.Where is your home?
93.What is your home like?
94.What would your ideal home be like?
95.Where is your favorite place at home?
96.Would you prefer a modern or traditional home?
97.Why do some people say that their home brings them happiness?
98.Dulwich-specific questions that are based on student's recollections (and therefore may not be exact replicas of the original):
99.Who do you prefer to stay with: friends or family?
100.Some people say that family can give them happiness. Why?
Do you do different things with your friends than you do with your family?
Such as what (see above question)?
Do you think that you will stay with your current friends when you get older? Why or why not?
Who do you think influences you the most, friends or family?
These are questions from a school that is not highly ranked, but Matt doesn’t remember which one.
What is your English name?
What is your favorite subjects? Why?
What subjects do you not like? Why?
Do you like to read books? What books do you like?
What do you want to be in the future?
What games do you like to play.
What hobbies do you like?