Location of Repository

Post graduate ESP curriculum: reading and writing needs.

By Afsaneh Dehnad, Rafat Bagherzadeh, Shoaleh Bigdeli, Kamran Hatami and Agha Fatemeh Hosseini


Assessing learners' needs is an integral part of any curriculum and course design , namely English for specific purposes (ESP), syllabus design, materials development, teaching methods and testing issues. Critical approach to needs analysis, which is a relatively recent approach, acknowledges the rights of different stakeholders including teachers, students and administrators in the process of needs analysis. However, there has been no formal need analysis for syllabus design at postgraduate level in Medical Universities affiliated to the Ministry of Health in Iran. This study, conducted in 2011, was an attempt to assess the reading and writing needs of postgraduate students in ESP courses on the basis of critical approach to needs analysis. The study population consisted of 67 people: 56 postgraduate students, 5 heads of departments, 5 ESP instructors and 1 executive manager at the Ministry of Health in Iran. Ethical and demographic forms, needs analysis questionnaires, and a form of semi-structured interview were the instruments of the study. According to the findings, there was a discrepancy between students' and instructors' perception of learners' needs and the assumed needs appearing in the syllabi prescribed by the Ministry of Health in Iran. This study showed that a call for critical needs analysis in which the rights of different stakeholders are acknowledged is necessary for meeting the requirements of any ESP classes especially at postgraduate level where the instructors and learners are fully aware of learners' needs

Topics: Medicine (General), R5-920
Publisher: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:ea143a069cfe4e92a092a737aeb61cbd
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • https://doaj.org/toc/1735-9694 (external link)
  • https://doaj.org/toc/0044-6025 (external link)
  • http://acta.tums.ac.ir/index.p... (external link)
  • https://doaj.org/article/ea143... (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.