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This article reports on the results of a needs analysis of Mahidol students. It was an attempt of the Curriculum Task Force group of the Department of Foreign Languages to identify the academic needs of English of Mahidol students in more specific ways than in the past, that is, English whose use is specifically called for by work assigned to the students in their various courses in their four or more years of studies. The study was divided into two phases ; in the first phase, a questionnaire was employed to gather the data about the needs of English of students in all faculties. In the second phase, structured interviews were carried out to study the target situation for the academic use of English by Medical students. The interviews aimed at closing gaps in the questionnaire data and clarifying ambiguities. The results of the interview study will be extensively discussed. There are also suggestions to improve the effectiveness of the English teaching syllabus.



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