Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number2 June 2021                                                   Pp.414-423
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.28

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Tailoring Potent Courses for ESP Learners: A Way to Better Fulfil their Demands 

Fatma ZAGHAR
Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages
University of Oran 2 – Mohamed BEN AHMED – Oran, Algeria
Corresponding Author: tzafour@yahoo.com 

El-Alia Wafaâ ZAGHAR
Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages
University of Oran 2 – Mohamed BEN AHMED – Oran, Algeria

Received: 4/29/2021               Accepted: 5/28/2021              Published: 6/24/2021

 

Abstract:
In this day and age, it is absolutely indispensable for acquiring competence in English to grapple with the real impediments and huge challenges of the modern epoch. The emergence of English as a global language is among the factors that could explicate its vitality and its expansion. The basic burden of making language courses more relevant to learners’ needs resulted in the advent of languages for specific purposes movement, known in English Language Teaching circles as English for Specific Purposes. ESP then, has since its inception in the early 1960s become one of the most dynamic branches of applied linguistics in general, and of Teaching English as a Foreign Language in particular. To amass relevant data, a case study was conducted through a combination of a questionnaire, classroom observation, and informal interviews with language teachers and subject specialists. The main aim of this present paper is to precisely delineate the teaching/learning process of ESP in the department of Computer Sciences at the University of ORAN1 in Algeria, and the learners’ attitudes towards this teaching. For this purpose, it is necessary to explore the utility of ESP as perceived by learners, and to address problems faced by instructors. The results indicate that the students have a positive attitude towards ESP and that their poor achievement was due to multiple reasons. This digest concludes by offering some suggestions and implications as remedial actions to the major confronted concerns.
Keywords: course design, ESP students, learners’ attitudes, learners’ demands, motivation, needs analysis 

Cite as:   ZAGHAR, F., &  ZAGHAR, E. W. (2021). Tailoring Potent Courses for ESP Learners: A Way to Better Fulfil their Demands.
Arab World English Journal, 12 (2) 414-423.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.28

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Received: 4/29/2021
Accepted: 5/28/2021
Published: 6/24/2021   
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.28  
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Dr. Fatma ZAGHAR is an associate professor at the University of Oran 2 in Algeria. She received a PhD in Didactics. Her research and teaching interests focus on Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Teaching, Intercultural Studies, and Educational Psychology. Currently, she is stressing new trends in Educational Technology.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1077-9719

Dr. El-Alia Wafaâ ZAGHAR is an associate professor at the University of Oran 2 in Algeria. She holds a PhD in Didactics. Her basic research and interests accentuate Academic Writing, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Linguistics, Research Methodology, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teacher Education.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8185-3958