Mission, vision, goals GFP

Vision of GFP

The GFP's vision is to pursue the path of excellence in developing a fully viable, working and appropriate centre that caters for the needs of all foundation students with varied learning abilities and language competencies, thereby helping AL-Buraimi University College to achieve its mission to promote the cause of education in serving the community and contributing in nation-building activities.

Program Learning Goals

1. acquire adequate proficiency in the English Language and get prepared for their undergraduate studies at the academic departments. 2. master basic mathematical concepts and logical analytical concepts and to apply their knowledge in both technical and business arenas. 3. use and practice basic computer skills that help them to handle computers, internet and other technical devices. 4. apply their study skills and learning patterns through note-taking, searching and collecting for information from different sources, doing projects and writing assignments that help them in their academic studies.

Mission of GFP

To equip our aspiring student graduates with English proficiency, basic IT skills, numeracy and study skills in pursuing their graduate studies thereby contributing to the welfare of the society through various endeavors.

Our Values

We take pride in our diversity Students are our priority We seek input and collaboration from all sectors of the college and the community Professional Development is our frontier

The Admission and Registration Department enrolls all students seeking admission to BUC by advertising from time to time and by accepting the students allotment from the MOHE. Admission is open to students who have cleared their General Diploma Certificate Examination (Grade 12) from a recognized board of education and possess the relevant attested certificate. New entrants will take the Placement Tests for English, Mathematics and Computing Exam conducted by the UFP.  Information regarding admission criteria for all new entrants is mentioned in the Student Guide . New students will take the Oxford English Online Test, the in-house Computer Based Mathematics Test and IC3 Test. Students who score Pre-A1 – A1, A2 are placed in Level 1, B1 in Level2, while students who score between B2 and above join the Academic Departments. Students who score less than 50% marks in the Computer Based Mathematics Tests will have to study the courses of Mathematics while  those students who fail the IC3 Placement Test will have to study IC3.

Students who fall under the following categories are exempted from the English Placement Test:

  • Submitting an IELTS score no less than 5 or a TOEFL (Paper Based Test) score no less than 500 and TOEFL (CBT) no less than 180.
  • Passing the Foundation Program Certificate from another educational institution in or outside Oman (Students must submit original documents including a transcript and description of the courses certified by the educational institution where the student studied).

Mock Placements Tests Samples:

Ms. Somaia Al-Kendi

Director of GFP
EXT. 684
salkindi@buc.edu.om

Mr. Elvis Burrows

Instructor
EXT. 591
elvis@buc.edu.om

Mr. Yamen Dridi

Instructor
EXT. 593
yamen@buc.edu.om

Mr. Saghir Ahmed

Instructor
EXT. 597
Saghir@buc.edu.om

Ms. Ilda Darwish

Instructor
EXT. 582
ilda@gmail.com

Ms. Samira Al-Araimi

Instructor
EXT. 579
samira@buc.edu.om

MS. Noura Al-Azani

Instructor
EXT. 586
Noura@gmail.com

Ms. Asma Al Belushi

Instructor
EXT. 585
aalbulushi@buc.edu.om

Ms. Salama Al-Naaimi

Instructor
EXT. 589
Salama@buc.edu.om

 

Mr. Abdulaziz Al Kaabi
IC3 Instructor
Extension: 762
aalkaabi@buc.edu.om

Mrs. Aysha Al Mamari
IC3 Instructor
Extension: 761
aalmaamari@buc.edu.om

Ms. Aisha Al Azzani
GFP Coordinator
Extension: 573
aalazani@buc.edu.om

Course Description

Integrated Intensive English – Level 1 : is a learner-centered syllabus designed to develop an overall English language proficiency at both the basic and the elementary levels in order to prepare  students for the challenges of the pre-intermediate studies in Level 2. It follows a step-by-step approach with a variety of manageable and stimulating communicative activities, giving the students a clear and steady sense of progression and helping them consolidate their knowledge of English language. It also helps the students build and develop a wide range of high-frequency vocabularies and their pronunciation.

Course Description

Integrated Intensive English – Level 2 is a learner- centered syllabus designed to develop an overall English language proficiency at the pre- intermediate level in order to prepare the students for the challenges of the intermediate studies in level 3. It revises and extends many of the structures covered at the Elementary level and perfectly offers a higher level of communicative activities ranging from controlled to free tasks encouraging the students to explore the language within contexts related to daily life. The course facilitates the students’ critical thinking which leads them to become active and autonomous learners.  Moreover, it helps the students learn a wide range of high frequency vocabulary and develop their writing proficiency using realistic topics and language functions which are motivating and useful in real life situations.

Exit Exam

The Exit Exam is taken at the end of level 2 to test the English language proficiency of the students completing Foundation Programme. The exit exam has been benchmarked with IELTS.

The Exit Exam consists of four sections. Details are given below:

  • Section 1: Reading – 2 passages – 20 marks
  • Section 2: Listening – 2 tasks – 20 marks
  • Section 3: Writing – 2 tasks – 20 marks
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Section 4: Speaking – IELTS format – 20 marks

The marks are converted to band scores. Students need to have an overall band score of 5 with not less than a band score of 4 in each of the skills in order to enter academic programme. A sample Exit Exam will be uploaded on the college website.

Re-sitting Exit Exam

Students who fail to get the required scores in the Exit Exam are provided a second chance to take the Re-sit Exit Exam in the first week of the following semester.