Dear CEAP students:
On behalf of the Center for English as a Second Language & Academic Preparation (CEAP) at the Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS), I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all as you embark on this exciting and transformative phase of your lives.
Our program is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to excel later on in your credit courses and majors at the college. The combination of English courses, study skills, mathematics, and introduction to computing will serve as a solid foundation, preparing you for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Our diverse and experienced faculty members are committed to guiding you through this journey. They are not just here to impart knowledge, but also to facilitate your personal growth and development because your success is everyone’s success. Therefore, providing you with the support and resources needed to reach your academic goals is our top priority.
During your time at CEAP, I encourage you to embrace the challenges that come your way. Each lesson, discussion, and interaction will help you grow immensely. Moreover, I urge you to engage actively in both academic and extracurricular activities, ask questions and seek help when needed because everyone at CEAP is to ensure that you have a successful journey.
Once again, I welcome you to CEAP and MCSB. Rest assured that we are here to support you every step of the way and to make your time here remarkable and rewarding.
Ahmed Al Mata’ni, PhD
Director, Center for English as a Second Language & Academic Preparation
Adhering to the standards and the requirements of general foundation programs set by Oman Authority of Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance (OAAAQA), the Center for English as a Second Language & Academic Preparation (CEAP) is dedicated to bridging any potential gaps between the student’s minimum academic skills upon graduating from high school and the academic level needed to succeed at the university level. This commitment is imperative to ensure that students are adequately prepared for their higher education studies.
More specifically, CEAP intends to help students improve their skills in English, Mathematics and Computing. CEAP program is a one-year experience with a provision for completion in a maximum of two years. The passing grade for all the English courses is a C grade (70 %), while 60 % is considered a passing grade for the two foundation mathematics courses and the computing course.
Why MCBS CEAP?
All newly joining students might be asked to take these tests:
1.English Placement Test
3. Computing Test
Based on the results of the placement tests, students will be placed into one of the 3 levels as well as the appropriate mathematics and/or computing classes.
This test has two parts. The first part of the placement test consists of listening, vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension questions. The second part of the test is writing, which is ONLY taken by students who score 50 or more in the first part.
Interpretations of Scores for the English Placement Test
This table shows how test scores are intended to be interpreted and used to place students into the right level.
|Less than 50
|If a student scores less than 50, s/he would be placed at beginner level.
|If students get 50 or higher in the first part of the placement test, they need to take the English Writing Test part to determine the other levels (beginner, intermediate or advanced).
|If a student scores (50-59) but does poorly in the English Writing Test, s/he might be placed at the beginner level.
|If a student scores (50-59) and does well in the English Writing Test, s/he might be placed at the intermediate level.
|If a student scores (60 -79) but does poorly in the English Writing Test, s/he might be placed at the intermediate level.
|If a student scores (60-79) and does well in the English Writing Test, s/he might be placed at the advanced level.
|If a student scores (80-100) but does poorly in the English Writing Test, s/he might be placed at the advanced level.
|If a student scores (80 -100) and does well in the English Writing Test, s/he may directly join the credit courses.
|Important note: New students will not need to take foundation English courses if they provide a valid IELTS score of Band 5.0 or higher, or an equivalent score in other standardized English tests.
For mathematics and Computing, students may need to set for the placement tests for Mathematics and Computing.
Interpretations of Scores for the Mathematics and Computing Placement Tests
The table below provides the required score to qualify students to be exempted from undertaking COSC 0010, MATB 0020, MATB 0030, MATB 0031 courses:
|COSC 0010 (Theory)
|COSC 0010 (Practice)
Ahmed Al Mata’ni is the director of the Center of ESL & Academic Preparation and General Education Department at the Modern College of Business and Science. Prior to that, he was the head of general education department. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESOL/Bilingual Education specialization from the University of Florida. He has a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Missouri St. Louis. He has been teaching ESL, EFL, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking as well as Interpersonal Communication in Oman and USA. His areas of expertise are accreditation, applied linguistics and assessment. His transdisciplinary research agenda draws from multiple strands include Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), teacher education, curriculum development, social justice, and Critical Race Theory (CRT). More recently, his research examines topics that are centered around Raciolinguistic Perspective and Decolonial Turn. He has presented his research on numerous local and international platforms. He is also a member of some specialized professional associations such as TESOL, TESOL Arabia, Florida Association for Bilingual Education (FABE) and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Last but not least, he is also a reviewer in Journal of Language, Identity and Education, who assesses research article submissions to the journal.