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Web of Science: 001021117300002

Albena Stefanova

Affiliation: University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Denitsa Bozeva

Affiliation: University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

The paper presents the results of a needs analysis conducted to optimise the academic ESP courses at a Bulgarian university. There are few studies on the issue in Bulgaria unlike the global situation with universities and employers studying the ESP needs of their students and workforce regularly. Hence by carrying out a survey of the students at this particular university along with students from another six local universities and fifteen universities from eleven countries worldwide, all with the same profile, the research team expected to gather reliable information about the course parameters that require improvement. The student sample includes 939 local and 167 foreign students. In addition, a survey of 32 local faculty teaching language and/or subject matter was conducted to triangulate data and strengthen the research contribution to the enhanced course effectiveness based on the greater motivation for ESP acquisition by formulating recommendations for syllabi development.

Keywords: English for Specific Purposes, ESP, needs analysis, needs analysis in ESP, ESP courses

Article history:
Submitted: 13 March 2023
Reviewed: 04 April 2023
Accepted: 19 May 2023
Published: 20 June 2023

Citation (APA):
Stefanova, A. & Bozeva, D. (2023). Needs Analysis in ESP as a Motivator and Means to Optimise Academic ESP Courses. English Studies at NBU, 9(1), 21-38.

Copyright © 2023 Albena Stefanova & Denitsa Bozeva

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Funding: This work was supported by the UNWE Research Programme (Research Grant №6/2021).

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