The issues involved in designing ESP courses for Kuwait Business Institute students : with special reference to computer science students
This research which is about the Issues Involved in Designing ESP Courses for Kuwait Business Institute Students with Special Reference to Computer Science Students consists of seven chapters. The first chapter introduces Kuwait Business Institute. The second offers the historical background of ESP and a survey of its theoretical bases. The third gives an account of the three stages of KBI's life span along with a critical appreciation of the English language teaching materials used. The fourth presents questionnaires and constructed interviews used in identifying needs of employers, teachers and graduates and expounds their results. The fifth presents approaches to text analysis and a functional analysis of two chapters selected from two textbooks used by KBI computer science students. The sixth goes into the classroom with computer science teachers and students and presents an analysis of three lectures by three computer science teachers. The last chapter presents conclusions from a synthesis of findings. The findings call for the rejection and replacement of current English Language teaching materials. They also support a broader needs analysis. This should include views, concerning demands made by the language of the computer science academic courses content, of teachers, students and employers. It should also include the results of text analysis component of the relevant academic courses content. Recommendations and suggestions for further research when designing ESP courses for KBI computer science students in particular and students of different specialisations in general are made.