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Academic Writing Needs Assessment: A Case Study of MPH Students, University of Khartoum

  • Abuelgasim Sabah Elsaid MohammedEmail author
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Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Abstract

This study aims at assessing Master’s of Public Health (MPH) students’ needs for academic writing. The study attempts to identify students’ target needs for academic writing and their present situation in writing academic English. The study adopted the qualitative approach through collecting data employing an interview with two professors at the Faculty of Public and Environmental Health (PEH) and analysing the Guidelines for the submission of theses and dissertations for higher degrees in medical and health sciences, a manual prepared by the Medical and Health Studies Board (MHSB), Graduate College, University of Khartoum and five sample theses written by MPH students. The results showed that the students needed to write a research report (thesis) containing four chapters with an abstract. In addition, the students encountered problems in academic writing regarding grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and functions of language in academic writing.

Keywords

Needs assessment Academic writing Needs analysis ESP EAP 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KhartoumKhartoumSudan
  2. 2.College of Science and Humanities, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz UniversityHotat bani TamimSaudi Arabia

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