Center for English as a Second Language & Academic Preparation (CEAP)

The Center for English as a Second Language & Academic Preparation (CEAP) offers the general foundation program which prepares students for higher education. The general foundation program is an academic entry program designed to bridge any potential gaps between the student’s minimum academic skills upon graduating from high school and the academic level needed to succeed at the university level. More specifically, the general foundation program intends to help students improve their skills in English, Mathematics and Computing. The Program is a one-year experience with a provision for completion in a maximum of two years. The passing grade for all the English courses is a C grade (70 %), while 60 % is considered a passing grade for the two foundation mathematics courses and the computing course.

CEAP Vision:

CEAP aspires to be a locally and regionally recognized center for providing quality English learning experiences for its students.
CEAP Mission:

CEAP is committed to developing students’ English language proficiency, math skills, and computing skills to succeed in their credit courses at MCBS using the most innovative and effective educational practices that emphasize student-centered instruction. CEAP aims at helping students:
  • achieve academic readiness
  • develop their study skills and critical thinking
  • become autonomous learners

CEAP Objectives:

  • Helping students enhance their English language proficiency in the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • Improving students’ knowledge in basic and applied /pure mathematics.
  • Reinforcing students’ knowledge in basic computer applications.
  • Equipping students with the fundamental study skills that will help them succeed in their higher studies.


  • Experienced and international faculty
  • Unique curriculum: engaging teaching methods
  • Friendly environment
  • Three levels
  • Day & Evening classes
  • Plenty of extra-curricular activities
  • Books every semester free of charge
  • Extra learning support at the Student Success Center.

CEAP Courses

Department Contact

Center for English as a Second Language & Academic Preparation (CEAP)

Direct Line: (+968) 24 583572

Head of the Department

Ahmed Al Mata’ni PhD

Ahmed Al Mata’ni is the director of the Center of ESL & Academic Preparation and General Education Department at the Modern College of Business and Science. Prior to that, he was the head of general education department. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESOL/Bilingual Education specialization from the University of Florida. He has a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Missouri St. Louis. He has been teaching ESL, EFL, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking as well as Interpersonal Communication in Oman and USA. His areas of expertise are accreditation, applied linguistics and assessment. His transdisciplinary research agenda draws from multiple strands include Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), teacher education, curriculum development, social justice, and Critical Race Theory (CRT). More recently, his research examines topics that are centered around Raciolinguistic Perspective and Decolonial Turn. He has presented his research on numerous local and international platforms. He is also a member of some specialized professional associations such as TESOL, TESOL Arabia, Florida Association for Bilingual Education (FABE) and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Last but not least, he is also a reviewer in Journal of Language, Identity and Education, who assesses research article submissions to the journal.