Needs Analysis and Course Design; A Framework for Designing Exam Courses

Reza Eshtehardi


This paper introduces a framework for designing exam courses and highlights the importance of needs analysis in designing exam courses. The main objectives of this paper are to highlight the key role of needs analysis in designing exam courses, to offer a framework for designing exam courses, to show the language needs of different students for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, to offer an analysis of those needs and to explain how they will be taken into account for the design of the course. First, I will concentrate on some distinguishing features in exam classes, which make them different from general English classes. Secondly, I will introduce a framework for needs analysis and diagnostic testing and highlight the importance of needs analysis for the design of syllabus and language courses. Thirdly, I will describe significant features of syllabus design, course assessment, and evaluation procedures.


backwash effects, exam classes, receptive skills, ND (Needs Analysis), DT (Diagnostic Testing), ESP (English for Specific Purposes), IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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