Foundation Studies

Department of Foundation Studies

Carla Burton
Head of Department:
Email: c.burton@bhck.edu.kw


The Centre for Foundation Studies delivers a range of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) programmes and preparatory courses to equip students from non-English speaking backgrounds with the fundamental skills required to succeed in their mainstream studies.
Students admitted to BHCK may be required, dependant on their BHCK Admissions Test results, to complete at least one semester of the Foundation Studies courses. Depending on their test results and academic record, students are counselled and advised on the level into which they are placed.

Admission Requirement

  • Year 12 graduate or equivalent
  • Minimum BHCK Admissions Test score qualifying entry to EFL Level 1.

Courses:

  • E2
  • E3
  • Foundation Level (SFND) 

E2

What Does This Course Involve?
This is an intensive general English course for students with upper-beginner/lower-intermediate level English. This course aims to improve general listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, therefore increasing your chances of gaining access to further education or employment.

Further Study
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to E3.

Course Structure
This course is completed over one semester of full time study.

Assessment methods include:

  • Oral and written assessments/tests
  • Coursework and classwork

What will you study?

  • Communication Skills (Listening and Speaking)
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing and Grammar

E3

What Does This Course Involve?
This is an intensive general English course for students with intermediate level English who wish to gain the language skills necessary for further study or employment. The course focuses on improving oral and written communication skills. It also helps to build on current reading and listening skills.

Further Study
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to Foundation Level (SFND).

Course Structure
This course is completed over one semester of full time study.

Assessment methods include:

  • Oral and written assessments/tests
  • Coursework and classwork

What will you study?

  • Communication Skills (Listening and Speaking)
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing and Grammar

Foundation Level (SFND)

What Does This Course Involve?
This is a general English course for students with upper-intermediate/advanced level English who need to gain proficiency in English before starting their further studies or employment. The course also introduces students to the common computer application skills used in the workplace and needed for further studies, as well as revision of the basic mathematical skills needed to continue into mainstream study in all majors.

Further Study
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress into your chosen mainstream subject.

Course Structure
This course is completed over one semester of full time study.

Assessment methods include:

  • Oral and written assessments/tests
  • Coursework and classwork

What will you study?

  • Communication Skills (Listening and Speaking)
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing and Grammar
  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Basic Mathematical Skills

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