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Needs Analysis and Syllabus Design of Legal Language for the Students of Law at AMU: An ESP Approach

Dr. ZEBA AZMAT

Assistant Professor (contractual)

Dept. of Law, A.M.U, Aligarh

zebaazmat@gmail.com

 

Abstract

English for Specific purposes (ESP) from early 1960’s has enriched itself as one of the most prominent areas of English Language Teaching. Its growth and development is reflected in the increasing number of ESP courses offered for overseas students in native countries, and the number of universities offering courses in ESP in every discipline. Legal English is one such example. Students of law need to communicate clearly, precisely and persuasively if they want to excel in their future career. Insufficient communication skills stand as a major obstacle for law professionals to reach desired levels in their career. The best way to grapple this problem is to implement an ESP curriculum where communication skills as well as professional skills required for the lawyers are taken care of. It will help the students in becoming more proficient in their field of study too. The Department of Law, AMU, Aligarh is offering a complete three semester course in ESP, named as Legal Language I, II and III, as a compulsory paper to its undergraduate students. While analysing the course contents of the syllabus of Legal Language it was found that, the existing syllabus is not updated enough to meet the current market needs of the legal students. So, an initiative has been taken to revise and modify the existing course syllabus of Legal Language of all the three Semesters in order to make it relevant and germane for the law students. To achieve this purpose, a needs analysis survey was conducted among 150 students (both current and recent graduates) of law at the department of Law, AMU, in which an open-ended questionnaire was given to the target group. On the basis of the conclusions drawn from the results of the need analysis survey, the paper will recommends some ways in which the existing course syllabus of Legal Language can be revised and modified. The paper will also presents the needs, benefits, and scope of the revised syllabus.

Key Words: English for Specific Purpose, need analysis, legal language, law professionals.

journal of english

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