Need Analysis of Business English Graduates: A Case Study of Shandong Jiaotong University

Juan LI


Need Analysis Theory has offered a theoretical framework for ESP curriculum design and is an irreplaceable tool in ESP teaching. As the most active branch of ESP, Business English can not exist without conforming to the approach of ESP and its study should follow the framework of ESP. This paper tries to do the learner's need analysis from the perspective of Business English graduates with an aim to giving implication to Business English learning and teaching.


Business English; ESP; Needs analysis

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