Implementing ELT innovations: a needs analysis framework.

Waters, Alan and Vilches, M. L. C. (2001) Implementing ELT innovations: a needs analysis framework. ELT Journal, 55 (2). pp. 133-141.

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Implementing an ELT innovation involves analysing a range of needs so that a sound strategy for maximizing the potential for adoption and ownership of the innovation can be developed. The quality of the implementation process, therefore, depends on the picture of needs underpinning it. This paper presents a model for trying to account for such needs as adequately as possible. The model is in the form of a matrix. First, on the vertical axis, we distinguish between two main levels of need: 'foundation-building' vs. 'potential-realizing' needs. Then, on the horizontal axis, and intersecting with the vertical dimension, we identify four main interlocking areas of need, illustrated by reference to a recent major ELT innovation project in the Philippines. We conclude by using the model to locate areas of priority and neglect in current innovation implementation practice.

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