English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Program Evaluation at a Turkish Foundation University: Perspectives from three faculties
The aim of this study is to evaluate an English as a Specific Purpose (ESP) program offered to the first- year undergraduate students enrolled in a foundation university in Turkey. 188 students taking ESP courses in three faculties participated in the study. Data were collected through a five-point Likert type questionnaire and the results were calculated doing one-way ANOVA analysis followed by post hoc comparisons. The findings indicated that the students were not satisfied with the ESP program and there was a significant difference between the perceptions of the students taking English for Engineers course and those taking English for Business Administration and English for Aviation Management courses. Data analysis also revealed that the students who achieved 85-90 points on the Proficiency Test of English (PTE) had lower perceptions about the program than those who achieved 60-70 points on the PTE. Therefore, we suggest that the ESP program needs to be redesigned in light of the findings of the study. The views and needs of all stakeholders must be investigated in greater depth with the aim of designing higher quality ESP program in future.
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