Tunisian science and technology students' perceptions of ESP courses: a step towards a program design

Abdelfatteh Harrabi
For a number of years, there has been some concern about the status of English in the Tunisian higher education, especially for higher education students in the sciences and technology. This study analyzed the perceptions of students in the faculty of sciences of Monastir and the higher institute of technology of Jendouba, through questionnaires. The selected subjects were second and third year students. They believed that they needed both more English and a different type of English
more » ... English instruction than was currently available. In other words, they would need English instruction that is based on the theories and practices of the branch of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) known as English for Science and Technology (EST). The study concluded with a recommendation for a redesigned English curriculum for second and third year science and technology students, using a communicative approach.