Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022                                 Pp.92-105

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Active Learning through a Task-Based ESP Syllabus for Algerian Archaeology Students 

Nassima Hamza Cherifu
Department of English, Faculty of Letters and Languages
University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria
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Hafida Hamzaoui
Department of  English, Faculty of Letters and Languages
University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria


Received: 06/25/2022         Accepted:11/15/2022                 Published:12/15 /2022


Abstract :
Learning the English language is essential for archaeologists as they need to be good at communicating with an extensive range of audiences. This paper aims to design an English for Specific Purposes syllabus since there is no appropriate English syllabus that fits students’ needs in the field, the researcher looked for the English language needs and the ESP syllabus that would respond to the students’ requirements. This study employed a case study of seven Archaeology Master One students at Tlemcen University (Algeria) to investigate this research . First, these students’ needs were identified and analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively through a questionnaire and three structured interviews.  The findings in this research permit the researcher to suggest an English course with appropriate syllabus and adequate tasks. The results revealed that in terms of learning needs, archaeology students were highly motivated to learn English, yet they lacked self-confidence. Regarding the target needs, archaeology students needed to develop the four language skills and required to complete appropriate English language tasks to achieve communicative purposes. Therefore, the researcher suggested task-based ESP syllabus to answer students’ English language needs in the field.
Keywords: Archaeology students, language skills, needs analysis, needs identification, task-based ESP syllabus

Cite as:  Cherif, N. H., &  Hamzaoui, H. (2022).  Active Learning through a Task-Based ESP Syllabus for Algerian Archaeology Students. Arab World English Journal, 13 (4) 92-105.


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Received: 06/25/2022
Accepted: 11/15/2022  
Published: 12/15 /2022 

Nassima Hamza Cherif  Nedjraoui is an assistant teacher at Tlemcen University in Algeria. She is specialized in the field of ESP. she is interested in teaching written expression and reading comprehension. ORCID ID: 

Prof. Hafida Hamzaoui El Achachi is a professor at the University of Tlemcen (Algeria), Department of English. She is specialized in applied linguistics and TEFL. She is also the head of the research team “English Language Education Policy” in the ESP Teaching Laboratory. ORCID ID: