Needs Analysis In English Language Teaching (ELT) Design (A Case Study)
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Identifying students' needs bas been widely viewed as a compulsion to English Language Teaching (ELT) designing. This needs analysis, for example, has been applied, among others, to syllabus design, class management, and materials selection. However, a preliminary case study on undergraduate ELT at Faculty of Dentistry Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU) has indicated that the application of the analysis to the ELT design may go well at the 'planning' level but turns into a 'myth' when it is concerned with establishing the design or implementing it into the real learning teaching process. The implementation of the plans derived from the analysis seems to be constrained by such classical situational problems of undergraduate ELT in Indonesia as class size, time allocation, teaching aids, and learners' attitudes. This paper attempts to present the case study by focusing on a needs analysis recently conducted for the undergraduate English course at Faculty of Dentistry USU and some problems encountered in taking care of the needs in the course design.