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An Analysis of English for Specific Purposes Students ' Language Needs: a case of Fourth Year Faculty of Law at University of Khartoum

An Analysis of English for Specific Purposes Students ' Language Needs: a case of Fourth Year Faculty of Law at University of Khartoum

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Title: An Analysis of English for Specific Purposes Students ' Language Needs: a case of Fourth Year Faculty of Law at University of Khartoum
Author: adlalla, Sana AltiganiF
Abstract: Needs analysis is considered as an essential part in developing English for specific purposes curriculum.The study is an investigation of the general, academic and job needs of the fourth year of the Law students at the University of Khartoum in the use of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). They were taking GE and ESP as a compulsory courses as a university requirement in their first year at the University of Khartoum. The study aims at identifying the importance of English language for Law students, their ability in performing the four major language skills and sub-skills in general, academic and job situations, the time allocated for both GE and ESP, and finally to identify their English language proficiency.The study applied the qualitative method which describedand analyzed the data that were collected through questionnaire and the sample of the study consists of 80 students (35 males and 45 females). The study has come out with a number of facts the most important of these facts are that: Although the English language is an important language, students are unable to practice effectively the fourmajor skills because the curriculum does not have sufficient exercises to practice each skill individually particularly, the listening skill, which is completely ignored.The study also finds out that one semester alone is not enough for both the General English (GE) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses to help the students to become professional in their specialization and future workplace situations.And finally, students have a lower level of English language proficiency than is needed for their studies and future career. The studyrecommendsthatmore attention should be given to the English language to help students to master it becausethey need to improve their English language proficiency and its four major skills. Also it recommends thatthe number and duration of GE and ESP courses should be increased and be rendered into basic courses at the Department of Law Studies.
Description: 118 Pages
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/16947
Date: 2015-11-11


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