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TRIANGULATION OF INSTRUMENTATION AND DATA SOURCE: A STRONGER METHOD IN ASSESSING ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEEDS

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Author(s): Meedy Nugraha

Journal: K@ta : a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature
ISSN 1411-2639

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 148;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: needs analysis | instrumentation | data source | triangulation | triangular approach | assessing needs | English for Specific Purposes (ESP) | English for Academic Purposes (EAP) | stakeholders.

ABSTRACT
This paper proposes the importance of multiple instrumentation and data source (triangulation) in a needs analysis. Various data gathering methods developed in assessing learners' English language needs are reviewed. The justification of employing more than a single data gathering method and data source in a needs analysis is also presented by examining the strengths and weaknesses of each method and evaluating previous needs analyses carried out in some Asian countries. Highlights are then given to the methodology mostly implemented in assessing English needs in Indonesia and a recommendation is addressed to further studies on learners's needs in Indonesia
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