The Structure of the General Foundation Program
The General Foundation Program (GFP) at A’Sharqiyah University consists of four components: English, Mathematics, Information Technology (IT) and Study Skills. All newly-registered students of A’Sharqiyah University take a placement test during the orientation week of the first and second semesters. Based on placement test results, students are assigned one of the three levels: Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. As determined by their initial level, students have to follow the prescribed study path that will lead to a score of at least 60%, which represents the exit requirement for the Foundation Program. A similar exit requirement of 60% applies to both IT and Mathematics. There are three components in Mathematics: Basic Mathematics and either Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, depending on the academic specializations of the students’ selected college.
Classes in the English Component of the GFP intensively prepare students for University and college studies by developing their English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, in addition to language systems (grammar, vocabulary, discourse and phonology) and study skills. At CLFS there is a Core/Skills system to the teaching of English with Communicative Language Teaching being our main approach, Core classes focus on language systems, while Skills classes are designed to consolidate students’ English skills by ultimately achieving the same required learning outcomes.
In the Mathematics Component, students study Basic Mathematics and Pure or Applied Mathematics, depending on the students’ academic specializations.
For the IT Component, students are required to study and pass the two courses, IT1 and IT2, which will prepare them for computer use in academic and business settings.