Students’ and lecturers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of foreign language instruction in an English-medium university in Turkey

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Dono: Marcos Pedroso

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This study reports the perceptions of students and lecturers on the effectiveness of
the foreign language instruction in relation to students’ academic needs in an
English-medium university in Turkey. The theoretical framework of the study
draws upon a discourse community (DC) perspective, which considers writing as
a socio-cultural practice and takes a work-embedded nature to reading. Fifteen
lecturers and 220 students participated in a target situation needs assessment to
identify students’ academic needs, their perception of difficulties in meeting those
needs, and the extent of the relevance of the students’ previous language
instruction in meeting their academic needs.The findings reveal that a skillsbased
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) curriculum remains inadequate in
preparing students effectively for the academic requirements. Multi-dimensional
nature of needs analysis is highlighted, and several innovative suggestions are
proposed within the DC framework to improve the EAP curriculum.

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