Needs Analysis in EFL Teaching in Greece: The Teachers’ Stance

Marina Chatzikyriakou, Makrina Zafiri


The present research aims at identifying the way teachers in the Greek private sector become aware of their students’ needs and how they implement this knowledge in course and syllabus design. More specifically, teachers’ beliefs on the role and effectiveness of needs analysis in course and syllabus design were explored through both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The reason for conducting a study of this kind and caliber is the fact that syllabuses are mainly test-oriented within the context of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in private institutes in Greece, as obtaining certificates is the primary goal, and teachers are asked to align courses and syllabuses to their students’ needs. The findings revealed that teachers acknowledge the significance of needs analysis and implement their findings in course design. They also revealed the methods they use in order to become aware of their students’ needs. These results will benefit EFL teachers who want to maximize their potential and facilitate their students’ learning.

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