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Title: Evaluation of the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programme in engineering universities in Punjab, Pakistan
Author: Anwar, Rana Muhammad Bilal
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 1059
Awarding Body: University of Bedfordshire
Current Institution: University of Bedfordshire
Date of Award: 2016
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The study evaluates aspects of an on-going educational programme “the ESP Programme” in the Engineering Universities of Punjab, Pakistan. It also highlights the importance of English Language program evaluation before and after teaching English language. Program evaluation is a largely ignored area of English language teaching. To date, there has been little research into the evaluation of academic programs in the field of ESP. Pakistan's English for Engineers university programme is a case in point. Although this programme was developed almost two and half decades ago, so far it has not been evaluated systematically in a way which would identify its merits and shortcomings and provide a basis for its continuous, systematic, research informed development. The present study is a report on an attempt to fill this gap in two ways: (a) by considering how a thorough evaluation of an on-going ESP (English for Specific Purposes) programme in engineering universities in Punjab, Pakistan could be carried out in the context of the concern for 'quality assurance' in educational innovation. (b) by developing some research instruments required for carrying out the evaluation The study describes how questionnaires, interviews, observations, and document analysis were designed and used to gather qualitative and quantitative data revealing a positive general attitude toward teaching/learning English as a foreign language .There was general agreement that the broad needs of the students had been well recognised and the objectives had been well set. However, the programme was not regarded a success due to its failure to achieve the intended objectives. The findings of the study also show the importance of all four language skills in an ESP program, both for the students’ academic studies and for their target careers. Generally speaking, the evaluation results indicate that the ESP is helpful to some extent but the programme is unsuccessful on the whole. There is no learners’ 'needs analysis' with respect to their 'wants' and 'wishes'. There is big incongruity between the opinion on priorities by programme designers and policy makers, lack of teacher competence, training, and the neglect of learner assessment and evaluation. The study recommends the provision of teacher training and the recruitment of additional ESP teaching staff as first steps towards the necessary improvements. It is also concluded that the collection of multiple types of data from various sources and places is necessary to overcome many of the problems commonly associated with needs analysis and evaluation studies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: English evaluation ; engineering ; Punjab ; English for Specific Purposes ; English as a Second Language ; language assessment