Exploring the Language Learning Needs across Different Levels: A Case for the Iranian Undergraduate and Postgraduate Genetics Students

Fatemeh Abbasian Boroujeni, Saeed Ketabi


The present research was conducted with the aim of examining the foreign language learning needs of graduate and postgraduate students of Genetics in Iran in order to help students to meet the growing present and emerging future language demands. The study was designed on a qualitative-quantitative survey basis using interviews and questionnaires which was administered to 35 undergraduate students, 18 postgraduate students, and 4 subject-specific instructors. To see whether the graduate and postgraduate students differed significantly in terms of their language needs, an independent sample t-test was used. Chi-square analysis was also conducted to examine the possible discrepancies across the perceived needs of the students and their parallel counterparts in the instructors' corpus. The findings of the study revealed some minor discrepancies with regard to the language needs and perceptions across different levels. The chi-square results also revealed very few differences between the students' and instructors' perceived needs.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/elt.v5n7p164

English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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