A Comparative Study of Placement Test (PT), Proficiency Scores (PRS) and Students’ Self Perception of English Language Skills in A University in United Arab Emirates (Published)
As Educators it is vital to learn the limitations, and requirements of the students and design or revise a curriculum to fill the lacunae. This study aimed to compare the students’ performance in their proficiency and placement tests and their own self perception of their English language skills. The study was conducted in RAK Medical and Health Sciences University located in The United Arab Emirates. The participants were first year students from Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental and Nursing colleges. Questionnaires were distributed among the students to analyse their needs in their English course. The results are compared to their proficiency and placement test results and needs analyses tries to find areas of weakness or strength of the students to tailor courses according to their needs or to provide the students with suitable instruction. The results of the questionnaires showed that students’ self-perception of their skills corresponded with their expression of their linguistic requirements for their professions.
Keywords: English Needs Analysis (ENA), English as a second language (ESL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English placement test scores (EPTS), Placement Test, Proficiency, self-perception
Effective Teaching for Effective Learning of Esp: A Case Study of the Holy Qurãn University- Sudan (Published)
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the type of teaching ESP, in the Holy Qurān University at Wadmadani- Sudan, since it does not offer students the benefits that should be offered. The researcher conducts this study in three faculties of the above setting, using the descriptive analytical method. Moreover, he makes use of two instruments: a questionnaire and a direct observation as most appropriate tools for obtaining valuable in-depth information for this study. Furthermore, he uses the SPSS programme to compute the scores. One of the findings is that teaching ESP in the University of the Holy Qurān is not powerful as it does not lead up to effective learning. The researcher recommends that ESP teachers should use classroom activities when they teach ESP, since activities provide opportunities, improve the standard of student talk, help to individualize instruction, promote a positive affective climate, and stimulate students to learn.
Keywords: English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English for general purposes (EGP), effective learning, effective teaching., in-depth information
The Attitudes of Computer Science and Business Administration Students towards Esp Courses in Bisha University- Al Namas, Saudi Arabia (Published)
There is a growing importance for English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses in English for Foreign language (EFL) context in the Arab Region due to the rapid technological advancement and development of academics in various fields. Thus, there is an emerging need for ESP courses cater to the students’ needs and help them do well in their respective academic and professional fields. This study aimed at finding out the opinions/attitudes of the students and teachers in the Departments of Computer Science and Business Administration in the College of Sciences in Bisha University, Al-Namas in introducing ESP courses to the curriculum in level one and two. The required data was collected by the use of the tools of questionnaires, and informal interviews with the teachers of the subjects from the department of English, the department of Computer Science and the department of Business Administration. The results revealed that the majority of the students were not happy with existing materials. The students said that they would be more motivated to learn ESP courses than general English provided in their textbooks. Therefore, both students and teachers also were in support of introducing English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses to their present syllabi.
Keywords: English as Foreign language (FL)., English for Foreign language (EFL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Needs Analysis (NA)