If necessary a recommendation can be included as well (one way of summing up is making some general comments). II Useful hints and phrases: Present Tenses, Reported Speech and an impersonal style should be used in survey reports. Use a variety of reporting verbs such as claim, state, report, agree, complain, suggest, etc. When reporting the results of a survey, the figures gathered should be given in the form of percentages and proportions. Expressions such as “one in four” or “six out of ten” can be used, or exact percentages e. 25% of the people questioned, 68% of those who filled in the questionnaire, etc. Less exact expressions such as: the majority of those questioned, a large proportion of, a significant number of, etc. Can also be used. II Useful language for reports: To introduce: The purpose/aim of this report, As requested, This survey was carried out/ conducted by means of… ,the questionnaire consisted of etc. To generalize: In general, generally, on the whole, etc. To refer to a fact: The fact is that… , In fact, In practice, etc.
To conclude/ summaries: In conclusion, All things considered, To sum up, All in all, It is not easy to reach any definite conclusions, If any conclusions may be drawn from the data, It is clear that, The survey shows/indicates/demonstrates, etc. IV A Sample Survey Report Survey of Academic and General Reading in English On 8th February 1999, a survey was conducted among 16 overseas post- graduate students at the University of England. The purpose of the survey was to discover the reading habits in English of the students.
The survey was conducted by means of a questionnaire given to the students to complete. The first part of the questionnaire dealt with the type of reading and its frequency. The second section was concerned with newspapers: the type of items read and those that were read first. From the table of data, the most significant items are as follows. In the first section 81% of the students regularly read academic books” while 44% regularly read academic journals. Nothing else is read regularly or often by 40% or more of the students.
The allowing comments can be made about the reading of newspapers, magazines and fiction. 75% sometimes read regional or local newspapers, 69% sometimes read books of fiction, 62% sometimes read general magazines, and 56% sometimes read national daily newspapers. On the other hand, 37% never read Sunday newspapers and 31% never read fiction. In the second section, not surprisingly, 100% read news about their own country in newspapers and 56% read this first. 94% read international news, 25% read this first. 81% read about Britain and look at radio and TV informal-Zion.