An Analysis of the Needs of English Language of the Students of National University
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English language enjoys especial status in the global linguistic market place and even literate persons are deprived in case of their lacking in English language skills (Phillipson, 1992). Giving emphasis on the importance of English learning National University has included English in the first year honors syllabus of B.B.A., C.S.E., E.C.E. and Economics, which is not integrated to the main discipline/honors subject but taught as a fundamental course. In fact, before 2011, English was included as a compulsory subject in the syllabus of the first year Honors including Degree pass (B.Com., B.Sc. and B.A.). Basic objective of this course is to improve English language competence of the learners. But, there is a growing detachment between education in the colleges and the requirements in the labor market (Report no.65, South Asian Human Development Sector, A Study on National University and affiliated Colleges in Bangladesh January 2014). The syllabus of this English course neither at present nor before was selected and designed based on any survey of need analysis which is a prerequisite to design any syllabus or curriculum (Aziz, 2009:58). Moreover, since that time English had been included to the first year syllabus, no Need Analysis of the students regarding English was done. As a result, there was no investigation regarding the extent to which this English course caters to the need of the students. So, this area should be explored. This small scale study is an attempt to study whether the need of the learners is met by this English course. This study has been done through questionnaire survey and interview with the students and the teachers and the analysis of the concerned level’s syllabus. Then, findings from the investigation have been tabulated and analyzed. Some recommendations have been presented on the basis of the opinion and findings from the teachers and the students at the end.
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