Research Day 2017

Inauguration

The 12th Annual Research Day, under the supervision of Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, and Dr. Ismail Al Refaai, Director of the Language Research Center, was held on April 20, 2017, at King Khalid University. The program began with a recitation of the Holy Quran and a welcome speech by Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi. In his speech, he emphasized the vital importance of not only participating in Research Day 2017 but also expressed that new directions of inquiry and new insights from the 12th Annual Research Day will provide a platform for all of us to discover, imagine, and create. He praised our talented faculty members for their research contributions and appreciated their creative endeavors.  He also thanked the organizing committee who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the event was outstanding.

First Session

The theme of the first session was Bilingualism. The first speaker was Dr. Munassir Alhamami whose presentation was titled English and Arabic in the College of Sciences. It was based on his research that aimed at investigating the use of English as the Medium of Instruction in Saudi Science Colleges. He pinpointed many issues associated with the use of English as a Medium of Instruction. This was followed by Dr. Oveesa Farooq’s presentation titled Need of a Syntax-based Interpretation of Learning English as a Second Language among Arabic Speakers. She focused on the significance of having a working knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Her research, she pointedly said, underpinned the idea that native Arabic speakers’ poor knowledge of the four skills is the result of their lack of knowledge concerning the language system.  

Dr. Abdul Wahed Al Zumor, who appeared third, in his presentation titled Arabic Language Policy and Planning in Saudi Arabia, highlighted the efforts the Kingdom had been doing since 1346H. The study aimed to attract researchers’ attention to the issue of Arabic language policy and planning. He concluded that this country’s development and its language policy are in step. Dr. Hasan Jaashan’s topic was Topographical Divergences and their Impact on Linguistic Variation. His presentation was based on his study that aimed to determine the phonological features of people who live in mountain areas as opposed to those who live in the coastal regions. His conclusion was that people living in mountainous regions use more complex phonological structures than those living in coastal regions. Dr. Shadma Iffat’s presentation was titled An Overview of Students-Teachers Relationship in Colleges and its Effect on Students’ Academic Achievement. She pointed out that Teacher-Student relationships can be the key to students' attitudinal motivations that exist towards learning.

Second Session

The speakers of the second session had various presentations on the themes of Technology, Translation, and Literature. Dr. Mona Hamad talked about the Pros and Cons of Using Blackboard Collaborate for Blended Learning on Students Learning Outcomes.  She identified some issues related to blended learning. She termed poor internet access as one of the factors that affect blended learning negatively.  She also emphasized that Blackboard Collaborate for blended learning is convenient for learners who have problems with attending face-to-face lectures. Ms. Karima Ali Sallem spoke about The Role of Teacher in the Age of Globalization. She emphasized the concept of a globally competent teacher and his or her roles when facing complex challenges.

Mr. Samsur Rabb Khan had a presentation titled Teaching Literature in Language Classrooms: Why and How? He, while highlighting the significance of his study, mentioned the fact that research on literature in EFL is rare in Saudi Arabia. His study explored the role of literature in ELT and the potential advantages of using literature in EFL classrooms. Ms. Alvina Yousaf talked about Teaching Poetry to EFL Learners. She pointed out that involving learners in critical analysis of certain literary texts is one of the challenges teachers teaching poetry have to face. She also highlighted the importance of applying certain methods to facilitate understanding literature. Ms. Anjum Mishu’s presentation was titled The Effectiveness of Distance Acculturation for Saudi EFL Learners by Using English Literature. She related that interested language learners could go through a process of positive acculturation in the target language without having direct exposure to the real setting. She added that literature of the target language could help learners get the feel of staying in a native speaker setting via realia and authentic materials.

Third Session

The theme of the third session was Language Learning and Teaching. The first presentation was by Dr. Soheir Ghanem and Dr. Hanan El Sayeed Sanad, which was titled Developing an Edutainment Framework for Improving Vocabulary Acquisition and Motivation among Students at KKU. The purpose of their study was to explore the benefits of using edutainment as a teaching strategy for English language learning, vocabulary acquisition and enhancing motivation. They emphasized that proper learning is possible when education is incorporated with entertainment. Ms. Mannujan Mohini Sudha spoke about the application of a critical thinking approach to learning English in her presentation titled Introducing Critical Thinking Approach in the EFL Classroom. She pointed out that EFL classrooms are primarily teacher-centered which lacks learners’ autonomy.  Such a situation could be handled, she added, with the help of problem-solving skills where learners have a chance to apply their critical thinking skills.

Ms. Ivy Sultana spoke about improving reading skills in her presentation titled Applying Different Skills and Strategies Effectively for Developing Reading Skills of the ESL Students at King Khalid University. She pinpointed a common misconception that reading is an easy skill to teach. This results in teachers’ tendency to apply traditional approaches when teaching reading. She emphasized that various strategies are involved in improving reading skills. Ms. Sanjida and Tanzina Halim's presentation was titled Usefulness and Learnability in Teaching Vocabulary to ESL/EFL Students. They put emphasis on the teachers’ knowledge of usefulness and learnability of vocabulary for their learners. They concluded that teaching vocabulary becomes easier if the teacher chooses what to teach. Dr. Dawood Ahmed Mahdi’s presentation was titled Relationship between Oral Communication Apprehension and Communication Competence among EFL Students. He termed lack of confidence or natural apprehension as the barrier to conversing in English among ESL or EFL learners. He suggested improving motivation through various activities and encouraging oral communication through proposed strategies. Dr. Syed Ali Shafee’s presentation was centered on course books. It was titled A Set of Language Skills Books with Cultural Appropriateness for Non-English Stream Arab Students. His presentation was primarily based on a proposal. He pointed out that Arab students need course books which are culturally appropriate so that comprehension becomes easier. He proposed that we work together to produce course books suitable for Arab Learners.

Research Day 2017, was a great success, and it gave the participants an opportunity to discuss and share their thoughts. 

We would like to recognize the following organizing committee members for their efforts in this event:

  • Mr. Erich Beer
  • Ms. Fatemah Abdualla Amer
  • Mr. Javed Ahmed
  • Mr. Mahmudul Haque
  • Mr. MD Adil
  • Mr. MD Sirajul Islam
  • Dr. Olaa Ali Alhaqan
  • Mr. Salahud Din Abdul Rab
  • Ms. Sara Abdulla Osaydan
  • Mr. Sayed Karim
  • Mr. Shahrear Talukdar
  • Ms. Sharifah Abdualla Abo Abthan
  • Dr. Zahraa Ahmed Misfer

Date: 4/22/2017

Source: MD Adil

Multimedia Source: MD Sirajul Islam

The administration of the Faculty of Languages and Translation, on the eve of the final exams, held a meeting with all faculty members in the conference room of the Faculty of Education on Sunday, 24th of December 2017. In his opening speech, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, the Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Translation, thanked the administration of the College of Education for providing technical support and allowing the use of their facilities. The honorable Dean, on an optimistic note, informed the audience that our College had recently received approval for the renovation of our Conference Room [Room A/3/60], and stated that it would hopefully be available for use before the end of the current academic year.  In the course of his speech, the Dean emphasized the need for all faculty members to play an active role in the successful conduction of the exams in various capacities including invigilation, supervision of the exams, and setting the exam papers. He expressed his confidence in the overall professional performance of faculty members; however, he wished that everyone would try their level best to avoid a repetition of the shortcomings encountered in the past. Following after, Dr. Yahya Asiri, the Vice-Dean and head of all the exam committees at the Faculty, confirmed that even though most faculty members were familiar with the exam regulations, there was nevertheless a need to refamiliarize faculty members with the rules and regulations to ensure their effective and consistent implementation. First, he dealt with those regulations related to faculty members’ responsibilities before the commencement of the exam, focusing on those issues related to the downloading of updated invigilation timetables, printing of the latest attendance sheets, and setting of exam papers using new sets of questions. Next, he highlighted the role of the exam committee members and invigilators during the exams. He proceeded to explain in detail the procedures for starting the exams, and for handling issues related to the identification of students before their entry into the exam halls. He apprised faculty members on operational matters such as dealing with late students, using unfair means (i.e., cheating cases) during the exams, as well as collecting and managing the exam papers. In conclusion, Dr. Asiri announced the formation of a newly established Exam Control Committee charged with authenticating the integrity of the results and answer scripts submitted by the course instructors.  The meeting concluded after a Q&A session.  Date: 12/27/2017 Source: Salahud Din Abdul Rab Multimedia Contribution: Mohammad Sherajul Islam
The Second Annual Admissions Exhibition was designed to help prospective King Khalid University students successfully transition from high school to college. From the moment students stepped on our campus, they were greeted with the vibrant energy and differentiating value of the Faculty of Languages and Translation. The program was a concerted effort by faculty and staff to ensure that incoming students feel comfortable and welcome in their new surroundings. It gave prospective students the opportunity to examine their academic abilities, interests and educational plans before their first semester of classes. The exhibition provided prospective students with a basic understanding of what will be expected of them at King Khalid University and how their particular abilities and interests may fit with one or more of the University's majors. Hundreds of admissions packets containing infographics and pertinent details on the Faculty of Languages and Translation were provided to all prospective students who came to our booth. “The Second Annual Admissions Exhibition organized by the Deanship of Admissions and Registration was an exciting platform to introduce the Faculty of Languages and Translation to eager students. We interacted face-to-face with hundreds of students and showcased the strengths and uniqueness of the FLT under one roof," said Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean. The Faculty of Languages and Translation was exceptionally represented holding a host of interactive sessions that included but were not limited to: An Academic Counseling Overview  A Course Registration Overview  An E-Learning Overview  An English Language Center Overview An English Club Overview An IELTS Overview An Introductory Video on the FLT A Language Enhancement Program Overview  An interactive Q&A session with a significant portion of the faculty A big round of applause to all faculty members who represented the Faculty of Languages and Translation making it a spectacular success. Dr. Abdulmohsen Al-Qarni, Dean of the Admissions and Registration Department, commended the visible presence of faculty members and staff from the FLT interacting with prospective students. More importantly, he awarded the FLT first place on Thursday, December 14, 2017, for an outstanding admissions booth and visually appealing materials. A vote thanks go to the administrative employees of the faculty who tirelessly worked to ensure a first-class set-up. As the new semester dawns, the class of 2022 will join upperclassmen in September 2018 to begin their journey towards success. Date: 12/15/2017 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution: Dr. Munassir Alhamami and MD Sherajul Islam This event was held over two days (December 13, 2017, and December 14, 2017).
Believing that Gratitude is the greatest of all virtues, the English Club held "The Gratitude Event" to foster and strengthen a heightened sense of thankfulness to the blessings bestowed upon us. The program started with a fascinating lecture by Assistant Dean, Dr.Suad Al-Qahtani, entitled "Do You Know How Much You Are Rich!" Following after, numerous speeches were delivered expressing gratitude to the most prominent blessings in life along with a beautiful operetta on blessings starting with undying gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and our brave soldiers. The program continued with a touching personal dedication to fathers by Activities Coordinator, Mrs.AmatulHafeez, and Website Coordinator, Ms.Aisha Alvi. They included a surprise demonstration in front of all students where they gave a beautiful message of dedication to their father, and subsequently, he delivered a powerful and upbeat speech to the students imploring them to the value and honor their parents. Correspondingly, English Club representative students Hajar Albishri, Mashail Saad and Mashail Ali expressed gratitude to their mothers who attended the event. Haifa Al-Qahtani gave a dedication to her sister and Nora Abdullah to her friends. Towards the conclusion of the event, students of the English Club expressed their gratitude to the Assistant Dean for providing continuous support. Furthermore, Mrs. AmatulHafeez presented a commemorative memento and flowers to Dr.Suad Al-Qahtani for her unmatched guidance. Similarly, a vote of thanks was extended to all teachers by student representatives of the English Club. To conclude, a special dedication from English Club students was presented to their coordinator Mrs.AmatulHafeez for her sustained efforts and sincerity in the promotion of student activities. The program ended with the assistant dean distributing certificates of appreciation to distinguished faculty members, staff members, students, and employees.  Date:7/12/2017 Source: Public Relations & Media Office
Believing in the importance of building strong bonds with government and private educational institutions, the FLT female campus received a delegation from Al-Dhikr High School consisting of 20 grade 12 students and three teachers. The English Club held an orientation which contained informational sessions about the faculty and the English program. Welcoming the delegation, Activities Coordinator, Mrs.AmatulHafeez, expressed her heartfelt gratitude and appreciation of this initiative from the faculty's administration. English Department Supervisor, Dr.Mona Alshihry, also welcomed the delegation and emphasized that they should seize the opportunity to ask questions and have a fruitful visit. Following after, student representatives of the English Club delivered an eye-catching presentation giving the prospective students useful information and first-hand accounts of the English program. Afterwards, the English Club led prospective students on a tour of the building and introduced them to the classrooms, labs, and offices which created excitement among students. To conclude, a certificate of appreciation was presented to the faculty's activities coordinator, and final words of wisdom were imparted to the students.  Date: 12/6/2017 Source: Public Relations & Media Office
The Language Research Center organized a seminar on December 06, 2017 that included a presentation by Dr. Emad Al-Tamari titled "Linguistics in Aid of Teachers of English." His presentation attempted to focus on how “fixing” and “developing” students’ linguistics competence will lead to improving students’ linguistic performance. His session began with some questions about whether our teachers have ever tried to assess their own English, whether they evaluate their students’ English and whether they have thought of linguistics as a tool to help improve their students’ English. Dr. Al-Tamari successfully pinpointed significant problem areas our students have, which he thought our teachers should focus on when teaching English. Dr. Al-Tamari, while defining linguistics, highlighted some pedagogical implications linguistics could have. He quoted Chomsky while focusing on the nature of language and how communication works. He explained Chomsky’s three models namely that of linguistic competence, performance, and language acquisition. Finally, he focused on major areas of linguistics such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, and semantics. Dr. Al-Tamari recommended that our teachers should assess their students’ English regularly. A teacher, he added, should be a role model for the students when it comes to language use.   The Al-Samer girls’ campus also participated in this seminar online. The presentation was worthwhile, interactive and overall a great success.  Date: 12/6/2017 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique Multimedia Contribution: Mohammad Sherajul Islam