ESP in tertiary settings: A research on learner’s needs and profile

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Abstract

Research has recognized that learners’ perceptions are important parameters of the learning environments. Therefore many providers in the higher education have realized the need for re-evaluation, by placing greater emphasis on meeting the needs and expectations of the stakeholders. This paper presents the findings of a research into the current language needs and expectations of students in Greek Institutes of Technology, before they actually attend English courses for their specific subject area. Specifically three specified areas of pre-course needs analysis are identified: deficiency, strategy and means analysis. The purpose is to gain insight into the students’ perceived needs, attitudes, preferences, motivational factors and learning styles, before they enter the ESP classroom. Part of this procedure is also to determine to what extent and in what ways the learners are competent and to identify their lacks by conveying the differences between what they need or want and what they currently know. For the scope of the paper, based on the data of a pilot study, a revised questionnaire was created and distributed to undergraduate students from three different Departments of Epirus Institute of Technology in Greece, namely the Speech and Language Therapy Department, the Department of Early Childhood Care and Education and the Nursing Department. The overall aim of the research is to provide diagnostic feedback that will aid in the improvement of ESP course design, as well as useful data to underpin further development of the existing syllabi and curricula.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptions and Practices of L.S.P. practitioners
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings
EditorsKallia Katsampoxaki-Hodgetts
Place of PublicationHeraklion
PublisherUniversity of Crete Publications
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • ESP
  • needs analysis

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