Academic Programs
Dhofar University

English Language Unit

As English is the medium of instruction at Dhofar University, there is a clear need to approach English education in a systematic, meaningful, and purposeful manner. The English Unit offers incoming students with low proficiency in English an intensive program to help them pursue their studies in the major of their choice through the medium of English with the aim of immersing them in the language.

Twelve to fifteen hours a week are dedicated to Reading & Writing, with eight to ten hours a week dedicated to Listening & Speaking. Students take a midterm and a final exam. Grades are determined by exam results, as well as continuous assessment, portfolios, progress tests, and quizzes. The weighting for each skill area is as follows:

Skill Weight
Reading 30%
Writing 30%
Listening 20%
Speaking 20%

English Language Courses: 

Level 1
FPE 101A: Foundation program English Level 1
Course Description:
FP 101A is an intensive elementary-level English course designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. kills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to FPE 102B (Level 2).
FPEL 100 – Foundation Program English for Law
Course Description:
FFPEL 100 is an intensive elementary-level English course for intended law-degree students designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Upon completion, students are expected to have attained an elementary level of English.
FPEA 100 – Foundation Program English for Arabic
Course Description:
FPEA 100 is an intensive elementary-level English course for intended Arabic-degree students designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Upon completion, students are expected to have attained an elementary level of English.
Level 2
FPE 102B: Foundation Program English Level 2
Course Description:
FPE 102B is an intensive pre-intermediate English course designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to FPE 103C (Level 3).
Level 3
FPE 103C: Foundation Program English Level 3
Course Description:
FPE 103C is an intensive intermediate English course designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to their respective majors.

Placement Test

Criterion Level Remarks
0 – 24 Level-1 Students who score 60+ on Cambridge University Online Placement Test and those who produce either an IELTS certificate with a band of 5+ or a TOEFL certificate indicating a score of 400+ are exempted from doing the Foundation Program. Such students join their Majors.
25 – 39 Level-2
40 – 59 Level-3
60 and above Major

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