Programs

General Foundation

English Language Centre

Introduction

Mission

The mission of the GFP is committed to equipping its students with the skills required in English Language, Mathematics and Information Technology to perform and contribute effectively as active, critical thinkers in the academic environment of the college’s diploma and degree programmes; and to become productive, capable and responsible graduates who will add value to the community and society as a whole.

Philosophy

The GFP philosophy for students to progress in English, Mathematics and Information Technology adopts a communicative, collaborative approach to teaching and learning, emphasizing the following: learning by doing; learning through active participation; learning through reflective practices; learning through meaningful production; and learning through exposure to sustainable, portable skills that can be applied at different levels of complexity in a variety of situations. This philosophy is driven by a qualified, experienced and supportive staff who provide the tools and skills necessary to enable students to engage in effective learning.

CONTACT DETAILS

  • Dr Mark William Watson
    Director, English Language Centre
    Tel: 22005004 Extn: 204
    Email: mark@cbfs.edu.om
  • Ms Majan Al Yarubi
    Deputy Director – Assessment and Testing,
    English Language Centre
    Tel: 22009897 Extn: 202
    Email: majan@cbfs.edu.om
  • Ms Laila Shahin Al Balushi
    Deputy Director – Curriculum and Administration,
    English Language Centre
    Tel: 22009897 Extn: 124
    Email: lailas@cbfs.edu.om
  • Ms Wafa Saleem Al Musalhi
    Campus Co-ordinator
    Tel: 22059746
    Email: wafa@cbfs.edu.om
Placement Test

The adaptive online placement Cambridge English Placement Test (CEPT) is used to allocate students to appropriate levels for English language training.

                                                                       
Candidate CEPT scoreCorresponding GFP level
0 to 19 (A1) Level Pre-Foundation (PF)*
20 to 39 (A2) Level 1
40 to 59 (B1) Level 2
60 to 74 (B2) Level 3/4**
75 to 89 (C1) Level 5
90 to 100 (C2) Level 6

* PF provides candidates with the language necessary to enter the GFP.
** Students scoring Intermediate level must complete Level 3 before progressing to Level 4.

GFP Shifts

The GFP operates three shifts:

               

Session 1 Session 2
Shift 1: (Morning Shift) 08:00-09:50 10:10-12:00
Shift 2: (Afternoon Shift) 12:10-02:00 02:20-04:10
Shift 3: (Evening Shift) 04:20-06:10 06:40-08:30

While every effort is made to accommodate student shift preferences, final allocations are made based on student numbers, class size and classroom availability. Shift 3 accommodates students in full-time employment.

Assessment

The CBFS GFP assessment system is structured as follows:

           
Pre-Foundation to Intermediate II (Levels PF, 1, 2, 3 and 4)
Continuous assessment 40
End-level Examination 60
Total: 100
           
Upper-Intermediate I & II (Levels 5 and 6)
Continuous assessment 50
Report Draft andfinal submission 50
*IELTS Preparation (Level 6 only) Assessed Externally
Total: 100

*Level 6 students have the option of sitting a mock IELTS examination, not assessed as a GFP graduation requirement, after completing all course requirements.

Level Courses

Level Courses

The following table outlines the subjects and hours for each level of the GFP:

                               

LEVEL Wks Eng ESAP IELTS IT MATH Hrs/wk
PF Pre-Foundation 8 20 -- -- -- -- 20
1 Elementary 8 18 -- -- 2 -- 20
2 Pre-Intermediate 8 16 -- -- 2 2 20
3 Intermediate I 8 16 -- -- 2 2 20
4 Intermediate II 8 16 -- -- 2 2 20
5 ESAP I* 8 -- 20 -- -- -- 20
6 ESAP II 8 -- 10 -- -- -- 10
IELTS Preparation* 8 -- -- 10 -- -- 10

*IELTS is not assessed as a GFP graduation requirement; however, IELTS is assessed externally and used as an entry requirement for CBFS diploma and degree programmes.

Students are expected to complete all course assessments. There are no second attempts for students absent from scheduled continuous assessments. There are also no re-sits for students who fail a scheduled continuous assessment. To be considered to take a missed examination, a student absent from a final examination has to submit to the Campus Coordinator an official report (ie medical certificate or a police report) within two (2) working days of the assessment date. A final decision is taken by the Director ELC.

The GFP adheres to strict departmental procedures regarding all continuous assessments and final examinations to ensure that students are tested on the content and skills they are taught, and what they have practised.

English Language promotion criteria
Promotion to the next level requires the minimum pass mark of 60%, the cumulative total of all English Language assessments for a particular course. Students achieving less than the required total of 60% will have to repeat the level.

Internal promotion criteria through IELTS
For GFP students to be promoted directly to Level 5, a student must attain an overall IELTS band of 4.5. No direct promotion to Level 6 is permitted using IELTS scores.

Mathematics & IT (level courses)

IT (level courses)

  • Students are required to attain a minimum score of 50% in the final examination for IT at the end of Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4.
  • Students achieving less than the required total of 50% in the end-of-level IT examination will have to do a repeat examination of the level.
  • Students required to take re-sits in IT have to register for the examination(s) through the ELC Campus Coordinator.

Mathematics (level courses)

  • Students are required to attain a minimum score of 50% in the final examination for Mathematics at the end of Levels 2, 3 & 4.
  • Students achieving less than the required total of 50% in the end-of-level Mathematics examination will have to do a repeat examination of the level which will be scheduled during the end-of-level examinations.
  • Students required to take re-sits in Mathematics have to register for the examination(s) through the ELC Campus Coordinator.

Approved examinations results, after including official deliberation regarding any grade appeals, are final and non-negotiable.