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ERIC Number: ED339193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Teacher-Executed Needs Assessment: Some Suggestions for Teachers and Program Administrators.
Tarone, Elaine
MinneTESOL Journal, v7 p39-48 1987-89
In a discussion of the needs of English-as-a-Second-Language learners, it is suggested that the best approach to identifying needs is at the local level. Specific suggestions are made for classroom teachers, drawing on research techniques in second language learning and English for special purposes. Teachers are told to: (1) expect some mismatch between the outcome of system-level and local level needs assessments; (2) gather information on the real situations in which the students will need the language, should the teacher have to depart from the syllabus based on system-wide needs assessment; and (3) be aware of possible inaccuracies in textbook information about situation-specific language use. Suggestions are also made for administrators wishing to encourage their faculty in the local approach, including: (1) helping to ensure the quality of the system-wide needs assessment process; (2) recognizing that in spite of system-wide assessment quality, there will always be some mismatch with the needs of any specific classroom; and (3) supporting the classroom teacher in making local assessments. Anecdotal information is used to illustrate these points. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A