ESP Needs Analysis of Agricultural Engineering Students

Mohamed El Ouardi, Mohamed El Fatihi


The present study attempts to examine the English language needs of the engineering students majored in agricultural studies in IAV – Complexe Horticole d’Agadir (CHA) in Morocco. The study was conducted in the third semester in the academic year 2018-2019. The use of a mixed-method research design allowed us to collect data from various stakeholders including 39 students, 30 alumni, 13 specialty-subject teachers and the ESP teacher. Three data collection instruments were used, namely questionnaires, interviews and a placement test. The SPSS software was used to code and analyse the quantitative data of the questionnaires, whereas the qualitative data collected from the interview was described, interpreted and summarized. The findings of the study emphasized the importance of English for agricultural engineering students. Besides, the study determined the students’ English language needs and depicted their learning preferences with regard to the ESP course. In the end, a number of implications and recommendations are drawn for the stakeholders.


Needs analysis; English for specific purposes (ESP); agricultural engineering students

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