n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Evaluating English for Academic Purposes : what students and staff say

Volume 35, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This paper presents quantitative and qualitative results of an evaluation of the Communication and Study Skills (CSS) course offered to BSc first year students of the University of Botswana. The main purpose of the evaluation was to gather baseline data that would inform the process of syllabus innovation and teaching. The researcher utilized data triangulation that combined various pieces of evidence derived from questionnaire responses of 120 students and 8 lecturers who participated in the study. The results showed that many participants were happy with the present course organization, interest value of the materials, and the quality of teaching as well as the usefulness of the course. However, students did not rate the course highly in terms of the achievement of the main objective of trying to help them become autonomous learners, and neither did they feel sufficiently motivated to do the course. In designing any new syllabus, the researcher recommends the preservation of the best elements of the existing syllabus, and the inclusion of students. suggestions on the language skills that enhance their academic performance.

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