A needs assessment study on English language needs of the tour guidance students of Faculty of Applied Sciences at Başkent University : a case study

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2003
Ekici, Neşe
The purpose of this study was to examine the English language needs of Tour Guidance students of Faculty of Applied Sciences at Başkent University by referring to the perceptions of students, English instructors and curriculum coordinators and to see whether there was a relationship between students₂ attitude towards English language and their self ratings of learning and target needs. The data collection instruments used for the study were the attitude scale and student needs assessment questionnaire administered to forty-five students, ESP Identification Form administered to two curriculum coordinators and English Instructor Questionnaire administered to both of the curriculum coordinators and the three English instructors. The descriptive analysis of the data revealed that there were both similarities and differences among the perceptions of students, English instructors and curriculum coordinators with respect to the learning needs and target needs of students. Paired-Samples T Test results indicated need for most of the skills referring to learning and target needs. The relationship between student's attitude towards English language and their self ratings of learning and target needs came up to be of different values for the seven subdimensions of attitude. On the basis of the results of the study, it is suggested that speaking, listening and specialist vocabulary be emphasised more in order to fulfill the ESP needs of Tour Guidance students. Applying skill based syllabus as primary and situational and content approaches to syllabus design as subordinate is suggested to be effective as well. Using instructional materials appealing to the subdimensions of attitude is another suggestion presented.

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N. Ekici, “A needs assessment study on English language needs of the tour guidance students of Faculty of Applied Sciences at Başkent University : a case study ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.