General Foundation

It is needless to mention that General Foundation Program is the most essential department at Mazoon College. It largely determines students’ success in the rest of their academic courses once they are provided with solid bases in English proficiency, mathematics, computing, and study skills. 

The General Foundation Program defines both its vision and mission through reference to the mission of Mazoon College.  As the title of the program suggests, it basically builds a solid foundation for students. The very idea of an academic foundation is to be understood in terms of developing skills and encouraging critical thinking. The GFP mission is to integrate all the students into a coordinated, communicative and professional academic environment in order to maximize their potential as far as their English proficiency, relevant mathematical and computing skills are concerned. It aims to enable them to approach their academic studies with confidence.


Stability is one the most prominent features that has made GFP perform its role in providing students with the necessary academic support successfully. Almost all GFP staff members have been working in the department for a considerable number of years. This has enabled GFP lecturers to profoundly understand students’ needs, to be familiar with the syllabi, and to be part of the educational institution culture. The absence of turnover among GFP teachers indicates that they are absolutely satisfied with their work environment and leadership. 

The overall objective of Mazoon College General Foundation Program is to provide students with excellent command of English language, relevant mathematical knowledge, and effective computer skills. In GFP, students are grouped into three levels according to their performance in an in-house placement test. Each one of these three levels last for 16 weeks (one semester). Courses offered are included in the following table:

FACULTY PROFILE

  • Mr. Mohamed El-Amin, who is currently Mazoon College General Foundation Program Head, is a holder of MA TESOL from Leeds University, UK. He joined Mazoon College teaching staff in 2001. He has 20 years of experience in teaching English in Sudan and Oman. He is interested in administering intensive English programs and learner autonomy.
     
  • Mr. Nasim Shehab, who is currently Mazoon College General Foundation Program coordinator, is a holder of MA from Baroda University, India. He joined Mazoon College teaching staff in 2011. He has 18 years of experience in teaching English in UAE and Oman. He is interested in using technology in ELT.
     
  • Ms. Amiya Joshi is currently working at Mazoon College, as an English Lecturer in the General Foundation Program. She joined Mazoon College on September 10th, 2011. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and a CELTA certificate. She has five years of experience in teaching English in Oman.  She is interested in applying modern methods and techniques in teaching.
     
  • Mr. Amjad Abo Kriefih, who is currently Mazoon College General Foundation Program instructor, is a holder of a BA in English Literature from Baghdad University, Iraq. He joined Mazoon College teaching staff in 2007. He has 21 years of experience in teaching English in Jordan and Oman. He is interested in teaching grammar and English language testing.
     
  • Ms. Anita Sehgal is currently working in Mazoon College as an English Lecturer in the General Foundation Program. She joined Mazoon College on October 1st, 2011. She has done her B.ed and M.A. in English Literature and Language at Kurukshetra University in India. She has 28 years of teaching English in India and Oman. She is interested in ELT methods and approaches.
     
  • Ms. Fatma Al-Touqi, who is currently Mazoon College General Foundation Program English instructor, is a holder of a Bachelor Degree in English from Mazoon College, Oman. She joined Mazoon College teaching staff in 2009. She has five years of experience in teaching English in Oman. She is interested in student-centred approaches to teaching English.
     
  • Mr. Firos Kalarikkal is a holder of MA (English), CELTA (Cambridge University) and B.Ed (English). He has been working in the field of ELT for the last 14 years. He is currently working as a Lecturer, General Foundation Program at Mazoon College. He is interested in teaching English grammar and writing.
     
  • Ms. Jokha Al-Araimi is an English instructor in GFP at Mazoon College. She is a B.A holder in English from Mazoon College, and she holds a CELTA certificate. She joined Mazoon College in 2012. She has two years of experience in teaching English in Oman. She is interested in student-centered approach to ELT and motivating learners.
     
  • Ms. Hina Faraz is currently working at Mazoon College as an English Lecturer in the General Foundation Program. Her M. Phil, TESOL, and B.Ed are from Punjab University, Pakistan. She joined Mazoon College on 1st September 2012. She has seven years of teaching experience in Pakistan and Oman. She is interested in applying modern teaching techniques in ELT classes.
     
  • Mr. Moez Mohamed Marrouchi, currently holding the position of a teacher of English Language in the General Foundation Program at Mazoon College, is a holder of an M.A. in English Language and Literature (University of Manouba, Tunis, 2006) and is now studying for his PhD in English Literature. He joined Mazoon College in September 2011. He has eight years of experience in teaching English at tertiary level in Tunisia and Oman. His fields of interest include TEFL and English Literature.
     
  • Mr. Praveen Alluri, presently  working as a Lecturer, General Foundation Program in Mazoon College, is a holder of M.Phil , MA (English) and PGDTE from English and Foreign Languages University, India. He joined Mazoon College teaching staff in 2011. He has nine years of experience in teaching English in India and Oman. He is interested in ELT and Phonetics.
     
  • Ms. Runitha Lourdes has worked as an English instructor at Mazoon College since 2011. She holds M.Phil. in English Literature and TESOL. She has 11 years of experience in teaching English in India and Oman. She is interested in communicative approaches to English language teaching.
     
  • Mr. Syed Mohammad Anzar Alam, who is a teacher of English Language in Mazoon College General Foundation Program, is a holder of M.A. (English Language and Literature), B.Ed. (ESL), and CELTA (Cambridge U.K). He joined Mazoon College on 1st September 2011. He has 40 years of teaching experience including 34 years in Oman during which he worked with Ministry of Education, Sohar University, College of Banking and Finance, and Muscat College. His interests include improving Learning Skills, testing systems, curriculum design and adult education. 
     
  • Mr. Wayne Williams, who is currently Mazoon College faculty member, is a holder a higher diploma in education from Hewat College, South Africa and a Qualified Teaching Status certificate from Middlesex University, UK. He joined Mazoon College teaching staff in 2010. He has 21 years of experience teaching English in South Africa and Oman. His research interests are teaching writing and English language testing.