International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Needs-based Analyses of Freshman English Courses in a Taiwan University
Ching-ning Chien, Margaretha Hsu

Abstract
This study aims to explore the differences and similarities in perceptions between students and professors about students’ English needs in various skills for current academic studies and future professional studies. A survey was distributed to non-English majors and their professors to illuminate their perceptions. Data was collected from 4205 students and 164 professors in a Taiwan university. Two research questions were investigated: (1) What are the most essential English language skills for academic success perceived by professors and students? And (2) What are the primary problems in learning English for university students? The results indicated (1) there are gaps in perceptions between professors and students; (2) students of different colleges have different perceptions about the importance of English language skills; and (3) student’s ability levels in English, math, and science correlate with their views about English skill deficiencies.

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