Integrating Content-Based Instruction in a Foundation Program for Omani Nursing Students

  • K. Thomas Baby
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 15)


The General Foundation Program is mandatory in all institutions of higher education in Oman. It seeks to enhance quality and to bring uniformity to tertiary education. English language, information technology, and basic mathematics and science are the common components of the Foundation Program conducted by various higher education institutions in the country. This paper analyzes the different teaching components included in the general foundation course conducted by the Ministry of Health. The purpose of this research is to analyze and evaluate how content-based instruction (CBI) can enhance and promote effective language learning strategies. The first part of the paper presents various theories of CBI and their development while also analyzing the practical implications arising from the actual practice of this method in classrooms. The second part consists of a critical analysis of the components of the Foundation Program in order to determine how CBI can be integrated effectively for enhancing learner competence. This is followed by a comprehensive analysis of the IELTS component in Oman’s Ministry of Health Foundation Program. Finally, an alternative proposal in which CBI plays a predominant role in foundation programs is proposed.


Content-based instruction (CBI) General Foundation Program EFL/ESL learners Critical analysis Learner competence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Thomas Baby
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  1. 1.Dhofar UniversitySalalahOman

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