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  • Sultanate of Oman

    Ministry of Manpower

    Directorate General of Technological Education

    Higher College of Technology

    English Language Centre

    Student Handbook 2014 2015

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    Table of Contents

    1. Message from the Director

    2. ELC Profile

    What you should know about the ELC

    Vision

    Mission

    Values

    Key Goals

    Graduate Attributes

    3. Quality Assurance

    What is Quality Audit?

    What is the scope of Quality Audit?

    What is the role of HCT in Quality Assurance?

    ELC Polices and Procedures

    Programme & Course Evaluation

    Action Taken by the ELC

    4. Admission and Progression

    5. TOEFL Criteria: Promotion to higher levels at the Colleges of Technology

    6. Programme Structure and Description

    7. Assessment System

    8. Attendance System

    9. ELC Policies

    10. ELC Activities

    11. ELC Resources

    12. Conduct and Discipline

    13. Health and Safety

    14. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    15. References - Ministry website for Bylaws

    College website for Facilities

    ELC Link for Foundation

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    1) Message from the Director

    Dear Students,

    Welcome to the English Language Centre at the Higher College of Technology.

    The success of the English Language Programme depends on your active participation. During the course of study,

    you will be expected to take an active part in the whole learning process. You will be encouraged to seek knowledge

    actively or to use the acquired information in new situations. This should help you when you take up employment.

    Employers expect new staff to show initiative and to work with a minimum of supervision. The English Language

    Programme represents a first step towards the acquisition of those skills.

    The Centre is open from Saturday through Tuesday from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. and from 8.00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on

    Wednesday. This time will also include periods of self-study. It will be your responsibility to organize such periods to

    your best advantage. The college educational premises such as the Self-access and the Multi-media Centres at the

    ELC will be open from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. and supervisory help and guidance will be available. This will allow

    you to follow independent learning programmes and carry out homework and assignments. The responsibility for

    attendance and completion of the self-study learning programme will, however, rest with you.

    This Handbook will serve as an introduction to the English Language Programme for this academic year. It contains

    details on the nature of the Programme, entry, structure, resources available, the assessment procedure, guidance

    and discipline, and other information you require during your course of study. You should read it carefully so that

    you are fully aware of the nature of the Programme and the college requirements you must fulfil to complete the

    Programme successfully. The responsibility for a fruitful outcome lies with you.

    Director/English Language Centre

    2) ELC Profile

    What should you know about the English Language Centre (ELC)?

    This college was established in 1984 to train and qualify Omani youth to occupy various positions in the labour

    market to participate in the expansion of the National economy. In 2001, the college was renamed and upgraded

    through the Ministerial Decree No. 165/2001 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.

    The Programmes offered by the Centre are planned and designed to meet these requirements.

    Vision

    To be a model Centre providing quality language education to groups of learners with varying abilities, needs and interests in stimulating learning environments

    To integrate information and communication technology effectively to enhance language learning in a digital learning environment

    To provide transferable, multifunctional knowledge, skills and attitudes that individuals need for personal fulfilment and development, employment, and for further learning as part of lifelong learning

    Mission

    To provide the skills learners need to successfully advance towards educational, technical, and personal goals that

    ultimately lead to their full participation in the national development of Oman

    Values

    In pursing the ELC mission, the Centres core values are:

    Professionalism a personal commitment to contribute through hard work to the delivery of high quality student-centered education.

    Integrity honesty, fairness and openness to constructive criticism.

    Accountability recognition that the ELC staff have a collective responsibility to Omani society.

    Flexibility willingness to learn, developing new skills, and taking on new responsibilities.

    Creativity a full recognition of the value of innovation in all areas of the Centres work

    Tolerance and teamwork readiness to work effectively with others, regardless of background, and to recognize and welcome cultural diversity.

    Communication a commitment to the effective exchange of information (inside and outside the Centre) to foster goodwill and support efficiency.

    Key Goals

    To develop learners skills in English, including speaking, reading, writing, listening, and study skills so as to prepare them for higher studies in different areas of specialization.

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    To reflect the learners goals while considering their roles as community participants, workers, and lifelong learners.

    To provide learners with skills to apply English accurately and appropriately in a variety of community, workplace, and academic settings.

    To integrate second language learning with relevant life experiences by emphasizing development of critical thinking, problem solving and other skills necessary for self-sufficiency.

    To provide a stimulating learning environment that respects adult learners and integrates their cultural background and experiences into the instructional process.

    Graduate Attributes:

    Attribute 1: Are well disciplined and committed to hard work and a high standard of productivity. Attribute 2: Are able to apply the knowledge and skills to a diverse and competitive work environment. Attribute 3: Are able to think critically, analyze and solve problems. Attribute 4: Have a high degree of competence in using information and communication technology. Attribute 5: Are professionally competent and up-to-date in their field of specialization in a changing global

    environment.

    Attribute 6: Can gather and process knowledge from a variety of sources, and communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

    Attribute 7: Can effectively demonstrate and apply good interpersonal skills in team work and leadership roles.

    Attribute 8: Are committed to self-development through lifelong learning. Attribute 9: Are socially responsible citizens aware of contemporary issues in contributing to national

    development.

    Attribute 10: Are able to demonstrate and apply their entrepreneurial skills.

    3) Quality Assurance

    What is Quality Audit?

    The quality audit of a higher education institution is an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the systems and

    processes by which the institution sets out, pursues, and achieves its mission and vision. A quality audit usually

    examines whether the college has sound goals and objectives, as well as effective policies and processes for achieving

    appropriate results. It focuses on how the college reviews and improves various activities and processes. The Quality

    Audit of our college by Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) took place in March 2009, which is an

    important stage of the national accreditation system. The OAC is responsible for external quality assurance and

    quality enhancement of higher education institutions and programmes in the Sultanate of Oman.

    Prior to the audit, first the institution conducts a comprehensive self-study of its own quality assurance and quality

    enhancement activities and writes the findings in a quality audit portfolio. Quality and quality assurance are primarily

    the responsibilities of the college and the departments/centres. Then, an external audit panel comprising national and

    international experts from academia, industry and professions checks the completeness and accuracy of this portfolio

    through such means as documentation, interviews and other sources of information. This stage of the quality audit

    process is known as the External Review. During its visit, the audit panel will meet staff and students in formal and

    informal interview sessions to find out their personal experiences of teaching and learning at the college.

    The Quality Audit focuses on how well a higher education institution is doing by focusing on its strengths. It fulfils

    at least two purposes. First, it is a means by which the college is held accountable to society for its role in providing

    quality higher education. Second, it helps focus on opportunities for continuous quality improvement within the

    college. Thus, it can provide valuable information for the strategic planning process. You may visit the web site

    (www.oaaa.gov.om) or the college web site (www.hct.edu.om) for further information on quality assurance.

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