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ERIC Number: ED504867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Addressing Students' Needs in Foreign Language Learning for Engineers
Garcia Laborda, Jesus
Online Submission, Professional and Academic English: Newsletter of the IATEFL ESP SIG v26 p9-15 Feb 2005
The Polytechnic University of Valencia runs a number of mostly technician-level diploma courses in English for engineering students in Gandia (65 kms. away from Valencia). When facing the main difficulties in addressing these groups, the first step has always been a needs analysis. Over the past two years, the researcher studied the students' needs in lectures and classroom instruction, through informal meetings with professors. It was noted that the main needs as shown by the instructors' common opinions reflect not only some of the major issues already observed in similar studies worldwide but also some local incidental issues. These opinions suggest that it is necessary to conduct more research in this topic and they also suggest some measures which can be taken to cope with these expected deficiencies. Additionally, it was concluded that it is very important to reshape the current approaches to FL instruction for engineering students and to focus on whether these students require more academic or communication skills.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Valencia)