The Foundation Institute at the
University of Nizwa is proud of its accomplishments in textbook and level
reader production and the publication of a journal that allows the participation
of teachers and students the expression of their literary and/or artistic
The books for Pre-foundation,
Level-1 and Level-2 have been completed and currently in use in the classrooms.
For each level, a set of three books has been produced: Studentís Book,
Workbook and Teacherís book. The book for Level-3 has not yet been completed
but much progress has been made in its production.
The FIís books have been carefully
developed to address the gap between the studentsí level of English on entry
level to the Foundation Program, the requirements of the Oman Academic
Accreditation Authority (OAAA) and the nature of commercial textbooks currently
While there are many textbooks which
deal with the necessary skills, no one book covers all of the outcomes for
students lower than intermediate or pre-intermediate level. Achieving coverage
frequently leads to lack of consistency, with multiple books required, none of
which are used in their entirety. This is expensive for institutions, difficult
for teachers and, most importantly, confusing for students.
A further issue is relevance. Even
books designed for the Middle East have a limited range of culturally
appropriate topics that appeal to young adults and have relevance to their
lives and interests. For low-level learners, dealing with language issues and
acquisition is difficult enough. For students, having to cope with topics that
are remote, or of little relevance to their lives and contexts, makes the task
harder than it needs to be.
The FIís textbooks are proudly
Oman-Gulf-Arab-Islamcentric. They actively reach out the students in those
contexts rather than expect students to do the reaching. All the books have
been trialed to great effect by Omani students and teachers in Nizwa and Ibri.
Some revisions and updates have been done and on-going revisions to incorporate
teachers and studentsí feedback are part of the textbook writing project.
Connections is a journal also produced and published by the Foundation
Institute with the collaboration of teachers and students. The first issue was
published in the Fall 2015 and the FI Connections 6 is the latest issue to be
published in the Spring 2019. This journal is a medium to showcase the creative
efforts of teachers and students and share them with the greater university