CASE STUDY:ANALYSING OUR STUDENTS'
AND LEARNER BACKGROUNDS
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The 'Learner Profile' section of the extended assignment can be divided into 4 subheadings:
a) General background
b) Language learning background
c) Learning Style
d) Motivation for learning English
How can you get the information you need to complete this profile?
b) Needs analysis questionnaire(s) / written tasks
c) Observation (class)
Objective needs analysis - factual information which does not require the attitudes and views of the learners to be taken into account (e.g. biographical information) - linked to course 'content'.
Subjective needs analysis - reflects the perceptions, goals and priorities of the learner, his/her learning styles and preferences - linked to course 'methodology'.
See 'The Learner-Centred Curriculum' (David Nunan,1988, CUP)
"What really counts in the development of second-language skills is the
process of engaging learners in interesting and meaningful classroom experiences."
Examples of needs analysis questionnaires:
· Nunan, D., 'Syllabus Design', 1988:78, CUP
· Scharle, A. & Szabo, A., 'Learner Autonomy', 2000:16-24, CUP
· Learning style questionnaires from session on 'Theories of Language Learning and Learning Styles'