Arab World English Journal
AWEJ Volume.3 Number.3, 2012                                                                                                    pp. 46 – 56

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Towards a Multidimensional Framework for a large-scale Needs Analysis: A Pedagogical Perspective

Said Al-Saadi
Faculty of Education,
University of Malaya
Kula Lumbar, Malaysia

Moses Samuel
Faculty of Education,
University of Malaya
Kula Lumbar, Malaysia


To expand the scope of language needs analysis, the present study developed a proposal for large scale framework of needs analysis for analyzing national language needs of pre-university level EFL learners. Using a multidimensional model of needs analysis, it addressed the language use context, the English language instruction context, the learners’ motivation and goal context, and Means Analysis context to investigate the English language learning needs of the Omani grade 11 students. This study also considered triangulation of data collection techniques and source of information crucial factors in needs analysis.

Keywords: needs analysis; multidimensional needs analysis; large scale needs analysis


Said Al-Saadi is a head of division in the Directorate General of Education in Alshrgyeh South,
Ministry of Education, in Oman. Currently, he is a doctoral student at the University of Malaya,
Prof. Dr. Moses Stephens Gunams Samuel is a professor in the Department of Language and
Literacy Education and Deputy Dean for higher studies at the Faculty of Education in the
University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.