This paper describes a curriculum renewal project developed for adult learners of English that resulted in a more dynamic and effective program at a Turkish university. A multi-dimensional needs analysis was initiated to investigate the current situation across the three English-medium departments of the university as regards students' English language requirements and their academic needs, and the language needs of the students receiving an English for Academic Purposes curriculum. Survey findings brought about the need to introduce five major innovative changes into the current curriculum. These curricular innovations are followed by the monitoring and evaluation of the new curriculum. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.