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Acta Medica Medianae
Vol. 51, No 1, March, 2012

UDK 61
ISSN 0365-4478(Printed version)
ISSN 1821-2794(Online)


Correspondence to:

Nataša Bakić-Mirić

University of Niš

Department for English Language

Faculty of Medicine

Bul. dr Zorana Đinđića br. 81

18000 Niš, Serbia

E-mail: velickovic@inbox.com

Original article                                                                     

UDC: 811.111'276.6:614.253.4




Significance of Creating a Custom Diagnostic English Language Test in English for Specific Purposes Course at the University of Niš Medical School


   Nataša Bakić-Mirić 

The University of Niš, Department for English Language, Medical School, Niš, Serbia


The purpose of a diagnostic English language testing is to help students to assess the level of English language skills and to provide students with effective training tools to improve their English language skills. This kind of test is usually designed and intended for students who reached lower intermediate level of communicative competence in reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and it is based on comprehensive needs analysis. However, it can also be adjusted for students who have reached intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced knowledge of the English language. Conjointly, this paper also examines the use of qualitative data analysis to improve students’ English language performance while taking an ESP course, which gives an insight into what teacher needs for a successful English language course and lesson planning, and that means having an overlook into gray areas of the English language that largely cause problems for students. Acta Medica Medianae 2012; 51(1):31-36.


      Key words: diagnostic language test, qualitative data analysis, English language

learning, teacher, students