Using needs analysis as a tool for ESP curriculum alignment
In spite of growing attention to the needs of post-secondary English language learners, many of these students continue to struggle with their university coursework. According to Hyland, (2002) gaps in school curricula may be one of the factors contributing to this phenomenon. To address this issue, scholars have suggested that course designers employ Needs Analysis to improve the alignment between curricula at the university level (Zohrabi, 2010). However, without a concrete example of how a needs analysis is conducted, many instructors may be reluctant to take on such a project. The purpose ...
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This poster will explore how needs analysis can be used to improve the alignment of post-secondary EAP curricula. The author will discuss her own needs analysis project, detailing her methods of data collection and analysis, and share how the findings were used to redesign the curriculum of an EAP course.