Introduction:
 
English Language Department seeks to provide quality education in English Language for the College undergraduate students since English is the medium of instruction in the college, and to promote understanding between cultures. The Department aims to be one of the best institutes in the Sultanate of Oman in the development of standards of excellence in innovation in the implementation of teaching, professional development and understanding between cultures. English Department currently consists of 32 teachers from different cultures who dedicate their efforts to teach English language. The department teachers seeks to promote students’ autonomy in learning and using English as a second language by providing students with resources that stimulate the students to achieve their education and professional goals.
The department offers four main programs: Foundation year, Year One and Year Two for students aiming at obtaining BSc and one program for diploma students as follows.
 
Foundation Year Program:
This program is the pathway to College programs (Design and Information Technology). Students admitted into the foundation program of the colleges of Applied Sciences are required to sit for an English placement test at the beginning of the first semester which is carried out in the Orientation week of the Autumn/Fall Semester. They will be streamed into four levels (D [beginner], C [pre-intermediate], B [intermediate], A [upper-intermediate]) in light of their performance on the test. Streaming is helpful in determining students’ skills that require improvement and also in shaping the extra-curricular activities and teaching methods used each level. Each level consists of 300 contact hours over 15 teaching weeks. In all levels, students practice skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
First Year Program:
This program is offered to first year students who have passed the foundation program requirements. First Year program aims to improve students’ skills in the English language as well as to develop students’ research skills. The program consists of two levels, each of which consists of 150 contact hours over 15 weeks.
Second Year Program:
This program is offered to second year students who passed the First Year Program requirements.  Second Year Program aims to develop the students’ English language skills and research skills. The program consists of two levels, each of which consists of 120 contact hours over 15 weeks.
Diploma Program:
This program is offered for students who wish to obtain diploma and for students whose academic achievement (in terms of GPA) does not allow them to continue bachelor s degree. The program consists of one level and includes 60 contact hours over 15 weeks.
The hierarchal structure of the English Department is as follows: Head of Department (HoD), followed by the coordinators of the programs mentioned above and then instructors. The HoD and the coordinators are engaged in teaching and they deal with administrative tasks. The instructors mainly perform the teaching duties and some instructors are also involved in the College committees.
 
The Foundation Course at CAS –Ibri:
There are four levels in this program, each afforded one semester, with 20 hours of teaching for 15 weeks.
After taking a Placement Test at the start of the Academic Year students are placed in one of the four levels.
Level D of the English and Study Skills program is designed for students with an IELTS equivalence of 2.5 or less, and consists of a single course, ENGL 3001, General English Skills.
Level C is designed for students with an IELTS equivalence of 3.0 and also consists of a single course, ENGL 4001, General English Skills.
Level B is designed for students with an IELTS equivalence of 3.5 and consists of two courses, ENGL 5001, General English Skills, and ENGL 5002, Academic English Skills.
Level A is designed for students with an IELTS equivalence of 4.0 and consists of two complementary courses, ENGL 6001, General English Skills, and ENGL 6002, Academic English Skills.
The course aims to prepare students to enter a degree program and study through the medium of English and is designed to meet the Oman Accreditation Council’s GFP standards.
 
First year of English Program:
Year One English program is a credited program divided into two semesters. For the first semester in year one, students need to take ENGL 1111 (English for Academic Purposes 1) which accounts 10 teaching hours. In the second semester and after fulfilling the requirements of ENGL 1111 students are allowed to take ENGL 1222 (English for Academic Purposes 2) which accounts 10 teaching hours.
As perquisites students must finish all the requirements of the foundation year to be qualified to easily manage the entailed English level at year one. The Year One Program tends to be challenging for passed foundation students because they need to cope with the idea of credit courses and the English level that they must meet its standard.
ENGL 1111 and ENGL 1222 consist of four skills: Reading, Writing, Listening, and speaking. These skills are taught integrally in both semesters. The used text books in year one are Inside Reading 1 (with a CD for both students and teachers), English for Academic Writing 2 and Lecture Ready 1 (with an audible and digital CD). These text books are used in both semesters in which the five first units to be covered in ENGL 1111 while the successive five units to be covered in ENGL1222. Supplementary materials are other sources that teachers can rely on while teaching these books to help maintain the comprehensive understanding of the targeted skills. 
 The assessment in the first year program is based on the needed assessed areas that combine students’ overall learning and their implementation of this learning in their specific specializations. The decision on how, when and what to assess is to be made each semester after the meeting conducted with other first year level coordinators with the program director in Muscat. 
The current regime of first year assessment is divided into continues assessment and final exams. The continues assessment is to be based on writing a research project and giving  a ten minutes presentation on the project. The aim of introducing the research  project is to enable Y1 students to link between their majors and what they are learning in the English courses. Students are supposed to write a research project around 800 to 1000 words addressing any topic from their majors or specializations. The final exams are designed to test students’ overall understanding of the taught skills during a semester. The final exam consists of speaking that is done in a week before the other tested skills which are language knowledge, reading and listening.
 
Second year English Program:
The English Department at CAS-Ibri, like other CAS, offers five courses for second year students as followes:
Course
Credit hours
Teaching hours
Description
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES (3)
ENGL2111
3
8 teaching hours per week
This course is designed for students with IELTS equivalence of 5.5.
The course builds upon the work on academic reading, listening, speaking and writing undertaken in ENGL 1111 and 1222 and aims to develop students’ ability to understand and express relatively complex ideas about academic topics.
The course is allocated 8 hours class time per week for a semester of roughly 15 teaching weeks. It is expected that one class teacher will deliver the course to one class of 25 students.The course aims:
·          To enable students to follow and to participate in a classroom discussion of an academic topic in which they are required to advance and argue a simple case;
·          To enable students to follow and participate in lectures through strategic listening, note-taking and clarification strategies;
·          To enable students to read and reflect on short academic texts using a range of reading strategies and an understanding of academic lexis
·          To enable students to compose longer academic essays
·          To enable students to carry out simple research tasks
ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES (Communication )
ENGL2222
3
8 teaching hours per week
This course is designed for students with IELTS equivalence of 6.0. It has two primary aims: to continue to develop the students’ abilities to communicate in generic academic contexts and to support the students’ understanding of specialist lexis and their use of specialist genres.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
 
·          Write longer (5-paragraph) argument, classification and reaction essays
·          Take notes on extended academic lectures using a variety of comprehension strategies
·          Participate effectively in academic discussions using a variety of strategies to argue and counter-argue
·          Synthesize information from different reading sources, distinguishing between general and specific details, between theories and supporting information in readings
·          Use receptively and productively around 60% of the Coxhead Academic Word List
·          Understand the main features of Communications-specific genres
·          Write a report on a topic relevant to their major
 
ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES (Design)
ENGL2233
3
8 teaching hours per week
This course is designed for students with IELTS equivalence of 6.0. It has two primary aims: to continue to develop the students’ abilities to communicate in generic academic contexts and to support the students’ understanding of specialist lexis and their use of specialist genres.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
·          Write longer (5-paragraph) argument, classification and reaction essays
·          Take notes on extended academic lectures using a variety of comprehension strategies
·          Participate effectively in academic discussions using a variety of strategies to argue and counter-argue
·          Synthesize information from different reading sources, distinguishing between general and specific details, between theories and supporting information in readings
·          Use receptively and productively around 60% of the Coxhead Academic Word List
·          Understand the main features of Design-specific genres
·          Write a report on a topic relevant to their major
ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES (IT)
ENGL2244
3
8 teaching hours per week
This course is designed for students with IELTS equivalence of 6.0. It has two primary aims: to continue to develop the students’ abilities to communicate in generic academic contexts and to support the students’ understanding of specialist lexis and their use of specialist genres.
·          Write longer (5-paragraph) argument, classification and reaction essays
·          Take notes on extended academic lectures using a variety of comprehension strategies
·          Participate effectively in academic discussions using a variety of strategies to argue and counter-argue
·          Synthesize information from different reading sources, distinguishing between general and specific details, between theories and supporting information in readings
·          Use receptively and productively around 60% of the Coxhead Academic Word List
·          Understand the main features of IT-specific genres
·          Write a report on a topic relevant to their major
ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES (IBA)
ENGL2255
3
8 teaching hours per week
This course is designed for students with IELTS equivalence of 6.0. It has two primary aims: to continue to develop the students’ abilities to communicate in generic academic contexts and to support the students’ understanding of specialist lexis and their use of specialist genres.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
 
·          Write longer (5-paragraph) argument, classification and reaction essays
·          Take notes on extended academic lectures using a variety of comprehension strategies
·          Participate effectively in academic discussions using a variety of strategies to argue and counter-argue
·          Synthesize information from different reading sources, distinguishing between general and specific details, between theories and supporting information in readings
·          Use receptively and productively around 60% of the Coxhead Academic Word List
·          Understand the main features of IBA specific genres
 
Write a report on a topic relevant to their major