Students’ Needs Analysis in an EFL Program for University Professors

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Paula Andrea Bedoya
Luz María Valencia
Juan Carlos Montoya


This study sets out to investigate professors’ needs from an English as a foreign language program in a public university regarding demands, interests, and lacks based on the methodology of needs analysis. Data collected through a survey, focus groups, and individual interviews showed that professors need to meet the institutional language policy for contractual and academic reasons. Additionally, data revealed their desire to learn English to communicate in both academic and non-academic settings. Moreover, the lack of time and effective learning strategies were reported as comprising the main constraints for learning. Finally, the authors present the strengths and weaknesses of the program as well as the participants’ suggestions for curriculum restructuring.


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Bedoya, P. A., Valencia, L. M., & Montoya, J. C. (2015). Students’ Needs Analysis in an EFL Program for University Professors. HOW, 22(2), 11–36.
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Paula Andrea Bedoya, Universidad de Antioquia

Paula Andrea Bedoya works as a teacher and researcher at Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia). She holds a Master’s in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning from the same university.

Luz María Valencia, Universidad de Antioquia

Luz María Valencia holds a BA in Teaching Foreign Languages from Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia). Currently, she works as a teacher in the same university.

Juan Carlos Montoya, Universidad de Antioquia

Juan Carlos Montoya holds a BA in Teaching Foreign Languages from Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia). Currently, he is a member of the research group GIAE and teaches in different programs of the School of Languages in the same university.


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