The English Language Center (ELC), the largest teaching and learning center in UTAS-Al Mussanah, primarily provides English Language training for students joining technological specializations in the three post-foundation academic departments
The English Language Center (ELC), primarily provides English Language training for students joining technological specializations in the three post-foundation academic departments: Business Studies, Engineering, and Information Technology. Being the largest center, it accommodates about 2000 students in four levels and employs more than 80 teachers.
The programs offered by the Center are planned and designed in order to keep up with the latest developments in the field of technical education and to equip Omani nationals with up-to-date knowledge and education for a diverse national economy.
All the teachers at the English Language Center are experienced in their field, and have been selected for their high standard of classroom management skills and knowledge of teaching and training techniques. We only employ teachers who have a proven record of success. You will find the teachers friendly but efficient, and capable of responding to the student's particular learning requirements. Throughout the course, the teacher will be a supportive, understanding guide to the learning process and will monitor student's progress and create opportunities for practice in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.
The English Language Center is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apart from the regular classes, students can meet their English teachers during their office hours and participate in extra-curricular activities. In order to become a successful, students are encourage to become autonomous learners and devote more time to self-study.
Given the objectives and outcomes by the Ministry of Manpower, we prescribe to strong student involvement within the class as well as out-of-class language learning activities. Our teachers provide classroom practice which actively engages student through pair and group work, presentations, and students' participation in projects, role plays, debates, and classroom discussions.
We also encourage both critical thinking and learner autonomy within our students, in which we promote and develop good study habits, understanding of their own learning process.
Our English Language Courses are student-centered. Students will spend up to four semesters in the Center's English Foundation Program. Our desired outcome is to ground our students in the four skills of English. We also encourage critical thinking and self expression with English. Students, who successfully pass their level through continuous assessment and exams, will move to the next level the following semester.