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Needs Analysis in an Academic Listening and Speaking Course: An Approach to English L2 Learners‟ Difficulties
|Title:||Needs Analysis in an Academic Listening and Speaking Course: An Approach to English L2 Learners‟ Difficulties|
academic listening and speaking
|Abstract:||This study investigated English as a second language students' language needs in an academic listening and speaking course at an American university and examined whether the course met their needs. Prior to the data collection, an examination of the course syllabus and interviews with the teachers were conducted to understand the course. Regarding the research method, methodological triangulation was used over two semesters, including the use of interviews, a questionnaire, and class observations. Participants included three interviewees, 78 respondents to the questionnaire, and 39 students in class observations.The data gathered from the participants revealed that there were gaps between their needs and the course content. The study identifies three important items that students should work on in the course (oral presentation, interactions with native speakers, and listening) and then discusses how these items could be incorporated into the course activities. Finally, pedagogical implications are suggested for the course.|
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