Curriculum development based on students’ language needs at a vocational high school

  • Nezaket Birgül Aktaş
  • Feyza Doyran
Keywords: ESP/English for specific purposes, needs analysis, Brown’s systematic approach, curriculum evaluation, curriculum development

Abstract

The main goal of the study was to investigate the English language needs of 10th grade students at a Vocational High School and evaluate the existing language program to determine whether the current curriculum, syllabus, materials, and teaching activities meet their needs. The secondary aim was to propose a new curriculum in the light of the findings. Both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, based on questionnaires and an interview, were used in this study. Four hundred and twenty six students (23 females and 403 males) attending different specific study fields; namely motor, metal, computer, electric, and eight English language teachers at the school participated in this study. The results indicated that students would like to master their speaking and listening language skills through technological equipment, technical books, visual and authentic materials. In addition, both students and teachers agree that an ESP course should be implemented in this school because the existing curriculum does not meet the needs of the students.

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How to Cite
Birgül Aktaş, N., & Doyran, F. (2017). Curriculum development based on students’ language needs at a vocational high school. Uluslararası Eğitim Programları Ve Öğretim Çalışmaları Dergisi, 7(13), 1-16.