Friday, 2 September 2011

Academic Research: Where is the Needs Analysis in General English?



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Where is the Needs Analysis in General English?
Law, Locky

General Education, General English, Teaching, Needs Analysis, English for Specific Purposes, ESP, GE



Needs analysis (NA) has been closely linked to English for Specific Purposes (ESP) but this has not been the case for General English (GE) (Seedhouse, 1995). In fact, as far as needs analysis is concerned, there exists a general perception that ESP is the focus of discussion. This paper discusses various possible reasons which have contributed in shaping this general perception or misconception and thus the lack of development in the needs analysis of General English.

The discussions include
i) the history of needs analysis development,
ii) the definitions of ‘needs’ and its effect on needs analysis,
iii) the definition of ESP versus General English and its effect on needs analysis, and
iv) the missing link between needs analysis and General English.

The paper concludes by briefly describing a few studies which intend to fill the missing gap between needs analysis and General English and suggesting a possible future direction.

For those of you who would like to read academic papers written by me. Hope this will be useful for those of you researching in related areas as well.

Where is the Needs Analysis in General English? @ Locky's English Playground