Transitional Courses

The medium of instruction at the Academy is English.



Allison Morra Priest
ESL Instructor, Foundation Program
Private: Nathan Soelberg
ESL Instructor - Foundation Program
Lisa Fraser
ESL Instructor, Foundation Program
Katherine Barr Miller
ESL instructor
James John Anthony Ryan
Lecturer, GE & Foundation Program
Layla Yousuf Al Jneibi
Assistant Lecturer, General Education and Foundation Program
Dr. Shamma Hamdoon Al Naqbi
General Education and Foundation Program Chair


Transitional courses provide the necessary knowledge and skills in English, mathematics, information technology, and study methods for academic success. Faculty arrange student-centred, learning sessions that meet the educational needs of students and offers support to enable academic achievement at the Academy.

By completing the courses, students gain experience with information technology and develop communication abilities to an international level of proficiency before admission to undergraduate programs that conduct courses in English.

As part of the admission process, students take a series of placement tests and are assigned classes appropriate to the level of achievement. Students are evaluated regularly to ensure progress. Transitional courses are classified in four levels and span up to a year, depending upon the assessed English language proficiency. Transitional courses begin in August and January of each year.

For details concerning transitional courses, please read the Academy Catalogue.


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