MOTIVATION VS. NEED OF ESP OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS

Abstract

Author(s): Roxana MIHALACHE

This article gives a detailed description of a needs analysis carried out with/on some groups of food engineering students. The method of questionnaire was used for all undergraduates (from 1st to 4th year) attending English courses. The findings highlight both their difficulties in listening, writing, communicating in a foreign language, and their wish to improve their competence in these skills. At the same time, we noticed an increasing interest in understanding English in oral communication and acquiring specialized technical vocabulary in order to be more competitive on the more demanding labour market when they finish the studies. We came to the conclusion that more courses of English for specific purposes are needed in this university programme and also a redesign of the ESP materials is necessary so as to more efficiently satisfy the learners’ needs.

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