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Needs analysis: Part 6

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Needs analysis: questions for the beginning of the course.

About the present situation at work

What’s your job precisely?

Do you use English?

What do you do? situations / medium / channel / genre (see Business Needs 2)

What percentage of each?

Which of these do you find difficult/ need to improve?

What fields/ topics do you need to talk about/ need vocabulary of?

Which of these areas do you need most to improve your English?

What exactly do you need to do that?


About outside work

Are you doing anything to improve your English at the moment?

Do you do anything else in English? (CNN?, subtitled movies?, DVD?, business papers?)

What resources do you have at home/ work?

  • Dictionary- bilingual/ monolingual
  • Internet access
  • TV/ DVD
  • Press- general and specialised.

Do you travel to English speaking/ other countries?


About the past

Same questions as above for past.

What’s the last thing you did in English?

Have you studied English before?

How long/ to what level?


About the future

What are your short term and long term aims for English?

What’s the next thing you have to do in English?

Any big conferences / meetings / business trips / conference calls / presentations coming up?

How far do you want to go with your English (each skill)?



How do you like studying English?

What did you think of your previous lessons?

What’s the best way to learn a language?

How much homework can you do?

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  • Hi there,
    Many thanks for letting us know that the link had changed. We have now fixed it so you should be able to find the article there, or at:
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Hi, this link is broken.

    Where can I find this again?

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  • Thank you for your comment and we're pleased the article has proved useful for your teaching.

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  • Thanks a lot. It's really useful as I don't have much experience teaching BE.

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  • Thanks Michelle. There is also an example of a needs analysis form you could use in this article attached to the top right corner of this page:

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  • wow great stuff

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  • I like it a lot.

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