Centre for Foundation Studies helps students achieve the language proficiency necessary for pursuing undergraduate programmes. It also serves those students who are already enrolled in Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma programmes offered by the Middle East College. All programmes are designed to meet practical and specific communicative needs.

Centre for Foundation Studies aims to equip students who enroll in the Foundation Programme with the skills necessary to perform competently in their academic programmes.  On completion of the English courses, students should have acquired the receptive as well as productive skills necessary to perform competently in a non-mother-tongue setting.
The General Foundation Programme (GFP) is designed to comprise a total of 180 Credit Points (CP). English modules account for 140 CP; Mathematics modules constitute 30 CP, while Computing modules comprise 10 CP. On successful completion of the GFP, students are expected to attain the required degree of proficiency in four learning areas, namely, English Language, Mathematics, Computing and Study Skills. However, the period of study in the GFP could vary for individual students. English Language modules in each level are collectively called English 1, English 2 and English 3.

The English Language component of the GFP extends over a period of one year comprising three levels. Its primary objective is to enable students to acquire the skills that are needed in their postsecondary academic programmes and ensuing professional environment. On completion of the English modules, students should have acquired the receptive as well as productive skills necessary to perform competently in programmes where the medium of instruction is the English language.

All candidates who do not qualify for exemption from the Foundation Programme need to attempt the Placement Test. Scores in the Placement Test determine the level in which a candidate is placed. A candidate could qualify for different levels in English Language, Mathematics and Computing depending on his/her level of proficiency.
To encourage students to engage in English outside the classroom, the Languages Centre organises various extra-curricular activities such as ‘The Souk’ and ‘The Anti-plagiarism Day. The English Club, which comes within the ambit of the Languages Centre, carries out other extra-curricular activities throughout the year, such as ‘MEC’s Got Talent’ and ‘MECORATOR’, in coordination with the Events and Activities Unit of the college.
Centre for Foundation Studies has a dedicated team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping the students meet the challenges of learning English. The department has excellent labs as well as classrooms equipped with multi-media facilities. The layout of the labs enhances the learning spaces and complements the integration of social interaction in English using Chat and Discussion Forums available on Moodle.
  • Encourage research through Special Interest Groups.
  • Develop curriculum

Staff Name

Contact number

Dr. Tareq Al Damen (HOD)

24531565

Dr. Van Louis Lo (Asst. HOD)

24531614

Dr. Susan Jones

24531607

Dr. Radhika Narayanan

24531618

Dr. Reema Srivastava

24531628

Abdulmutaleb Ghuma

24531717

Saleh Abdo

24531626

Deepali Bhatnagar

24531617

Samia Naqvi

24531629

Afaf Gasmi

24531619

Muhammad Rashed

24531559

Jamal Alimi

24531620

Mahdi Al Sulaiman

24531604

Gladwin George

24531632

Mangala Raj

24531603

Jawaher Al Zaidi

24531627

Asha Pillai

24531623

Ali Al Ghafri

24531639

Suleiman Al Adawi

24531631

Samir Mohand Cherif

24531635

Asma Alaufi

24531611

Khalid Al Balushi

24531630

Mohammed Asif Iqbal

24531633

Yasir Al Balushi

24531625

Buthaina Al Quraini

24531622

Fadia Al Mashatt

24531621

Azhaar Al Siyabi

24531730

Mohammed Al Maskari

24531616

Maher Al Rashdi

24531602

Mohammed Al Shammakhi

24531608

Maha Al Darei

24531568

Sumaia Al Shehi

24531638

Khawla Al Sarmi

24531613

Zainab Al Ajmi

24531610

Eman Al Hooti

24531637

Dhafra Al Kharusi

24531634

Fatima Al Balushi

24531601