Needs Assessment in ESP: A Review

Adeel Khalid


Needs assessment of the learners in English language is considered as an important domain that comes under the ambit of ESP “English for Specific Purposes”. English cogitates as a lingua franca and a cornerstone for success in any field. However, in ESL/ELT it is imperative to design a course that caters for the needs of the learners. Thereby this study attempts to evaluate the existing needs assessment literature to corroborate its relevancy and adequacy in preparing the nursing professionals for their professional English language requirements. In this evaluative study, needs analysis and assessment literature have been reviewed. ESP is explored in various ways like its definitions, classification, development, different approaches to needs analysis.


Needs assessment of the learners in English language is considered as an important domain that comes under the ambit of ESP “English for Specific Purposes”. English cogitates as a lingua franca and a cornerstone for success in any field. However, in ESL/E

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