An Investigation into the Target Needs of Engineers in Selected Employment Sectors

Document Type: Research Articles

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1 Assistant Professor of TEFL, English Department, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran.

2 MA in TEFL, English Department, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran.

Abstract

This article aims to investigate and analyze the perceived English language needs of engineers who want to develop their job position through English Language in their workplaces such as public relations, technical and operational, engineering support of production, planning and development, financial, general accounting, and legal affairs. In today’s competitive world, the economy needs more people with higher level skills in the workplace. Taking into consideration the specializations mentioned above, the article focuses on the perceived needs of engineers concerning Business English, not general English. Due to the business and economic development of the last decades in Iran, English has rapidly become the language used all over the world. Developing an English for Specific Purposes (ESP) course in their workplaces is another purpose of this study. Questionnaire, interviews and observations were used to gather information in this research. Engineers’ expectations, managers’ demands, economy’s needs ask for more reliable methods to provide a better learning in workplace situation. Finally, based on the findings obtained from this study, it can be concluded that workplace courses have lots of effect on the engineers’ job and development and by passing the time they ask for more variable ESP courses relating to their job.

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