Foundation Programme English Language (FPEL)

The Foundation Programme English Language (FPEL) is part of a larger foundation programme which was implemented at SQU in fall 2010. The foundation programme curriculum consists of four main components: the English language, mathematics, computer skills, and study skills.

 

The FPEL curriculum is based on learning goals which state the skills and strategies that learners are expected to acquire upon completing the programme. It reflects what students need to learn in order to succeed at the university.

 

The FPEL consists of six proficiency levels. Each level has its own set of learning outcomes and materials. There is a gradual increase in difficulty from one FPEL level to the next. However, the six levels should be seen as a continuum rather than discrete levels.

 

When students first come to the university, they are given a Placement Test (PT) which determines their proficiency level. If they are required to take the Foundation Programme, they have to complete it in no more than two academic years. FPEL students are placed in 15-week courses which combine two proficiency levels each. Progression from one course to another is determined by a combination of continuous assessment throughout the semester, midterm tests and final exams at the end of a semester.


The following table illustrates the possible courses and routes that students may take assuming progression takes place without repeating any given course.

 

Proficiency level

Fall

Spring

Summer1

Fall

1

FPEL 0120

FPEL 0340

-

FPEL 0560

2

FPEL 0230

FPEL 0450

FPEL 0600

Credit Courses

3

FPEL 0340

FPEL 0560

-

Credit Courses

4

FPEL 0450

FPEL 600

Credit Courses

 

5

FPEL 0560

Credit Courses

 

 

6

FPEL 603 / FPEL

Credit Courses

 

 

 

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