An Analysis of the needs and perceptions of english language teachers and students in an EAP course


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: English

Student: Müslüme Demir

Supervisor: BETİL ERÖZ TUĞA

Abstract:

The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions and needs of English language teachers and students pertaining to an EAP course -Professional Communication Skills (PCS 406)- and propose an In-Service Teacher Training Module for EFL teachers working in the Foreign Languages Unit at a private university in Ankara. Hence, a case study was designed to investigate the needs of the stakeholders: the learners, teachers and principal. The study undertook a multifaceted needs analysis including questionnaires with learners; focus group interviews with teachers; one-to-one semi-structured interviews with learners and the principal; and classroom observations. The data were transcribed and analysed via qualitative data analysis methods. The categories of participants’ perceptions comprised the course content, materials, activities, classroom instruction, assessment and other issues. In line with these issues, the study offered suggestions to enhance the course and proposed an INSET module specific to this course in order to facilitate the learning and teaching process of the target course.