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 Faculty of Languages and Translation hosted a group of high performing students from Al Manaahal Intermediate School at its main campus on November 13th. Students, along with their teacher, had the opportunity to take part in a personalized guided tour of the campus by the Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, the Vice Dean, Dr. Yahya Asiri, and the Chairman, Dr. Munassir Alhamami. Visiting students were provided with an in-depth understanding of the University's offerings in general and the FLT in particular coupled with a comprehensive tour of the English Club, IELTS Center, LEP, and the Listening Labs. Following after, an inverse Q&A session took place in conference room A/3/151 where students had the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer conversations and engage the faculty with questions about the University and student life. "You're the future of this great nation. I encourage you to learn English! It is an international language that you will need regardless of your major," said Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean. Correspondingly, Dr. Munassir Alhamami and Dr. Yahya Asiri encouraged the students to aim high in their studies and indicated that attending King Khalid University is a step in the right direction for their future.   Date: 11/14/2017 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam
Dr. Omer Sultan delivered a presentation at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on November 08, 2017. His presentation was about his Ph.D. thesis, which was titled Reconstruction of the Colonial and Postcolonial Paradigms: A Study of the Major Works of Chinua Achebe. The aim of Dr. Omer’s study, he mentioned, was to view the recent history of Nigeria through the prism of traditional values, mores, and cultural ethos to explore colonial and postcolonial hegemonies. His study included four significant novels by internationally renowned author Chinua Achebe for analysis. Dr. Omer Sultan: Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. Dr. Omer emphasized that reconstruction of one’s identity is the prerogative of those whose ingenuity is related to its culture and mores, which, he said, had been jeopardized. The present study, he added, had evinced great enthusiasm in debunking the colonial paradigms and at the same time reconstructing the identity of his community. His study, Dr. Omer concluded, raised specific questions at the outset about the legitimacy of Reconstruction of the Colonial and Postcolonial Paradigms. The answers paved the way for a new understanding of four novels with a particular focus on the themes of the study of language and recognition. He concluded that Achebe vividly demonstrates the relationship between language and identity and the consequences that affect the sensibility of the colonizer and colonized. The King Abdullah Road Women's College also participated in this seminar online. The presentation was very interactive and overall a great success.   Date: 11/8/2017 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: Sayed Karim
In celebration of International Translation Day, the Female Campus held a seminar entitled "Reality Of Translation at the FLT Female Campus, Problems & Solutions" to discuss current issues related to translation and comprehensive solutions to them.The seminar witnessed active participation and large attendance. Nine versatile seminar papers were presented alongside a discussion of the major problems and practical solutions. The seminar started with a prelude by the Activities Coordinator, Mrs.AmatulHafeez Alvi, who cordially welcomed the audience and highlighted the central aspects of the event. After that, lecturers specialized in translation, Mrs.Safia Asiri, Mrs.Amal Metwally, and Ms.Sara Ateeq presented intriguing pieces of work enriching the seminar with their experience. Following that, seminar submissions were presented by M.A. students Roa'a Alshihri and Rana Alqahtani, then B.A. students Nora Nashir (level 7), Hajar Allqahtani (level 3), Manar Alqahtani (level 1) and Raghad Alshahrani (History Department). The Dean's Assistant, Dr. Suad Alqahtani, commented by expressing her happiness with the success of the seminar and gratitude to the Activities Coordinator, Mrs.AmatulHafeez, and the lecturers, as well as the students, who participated in highlighting the importance of Translation. She expressed her strong will to solve the discussed issues and facilitate better teaching and learning of translation.The seminar was concluded by certificates of participation starting with a special thanks to Dr. Afaf Alsaidi for her valuable involvement as a mentor and judge for participant papers. Certificates were awarded to all participants and papers were displayed along with brochures related to the event.The audience expressed their appreciation and need for beneficial events in the college similar to this one to take place in the future. Along with the seminar, a joint translation project was announced in cooperation with the Abha Cooperative Center For Call & Communities,  "I Feel like Somebody Lied to Me" and "Why I Ask People to Become Muslims,"  by Yahya George Maxwell will undergo a series of revisions and translations. Date: 11/7/2017 Source: Office of Relations & Media
Dr. Eyhab Bader Eddin delivered a presentation at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on October 25, 2017. His presentation was centered on his Ph.D. thesis, which was titled Semantic Problems in A. J. Arberry’s Translation of the Suspended Odes (Al- Muallaqat). Dr. Eyhab’s presentation began with what his thesis examined. He pointed out the semantic, lexical, morpho-syntactic and cultural problems in Arthur John Arberry’s translation of Al-Muallaqat, a group of long Arabic poems that means The Suspended Odes or The Hanging Poems.  He also focused on the significance of his thesis as well as the reason why many researchers stay away from working on Al-Muallaqat, a collection of ancient Arabic odes, generally reckoned to be 7 in number, although some commentators extend their number to 9 or 10. However, all of them were composed in Arabia before Islam (during the 1st half of the 6th century).  Some of the reasons, he mentioned, were its archaic vocabulary, fertile creative imagination and precise description of objects. Dr. Eyhab also explained in detail the organization of thesis, methodology, topics analyzed and research findings. He finished his session by mentioning the contributions of research findings to the field, and the implications and recommendations for further research in this field. The Women's College (FLT) also participated in the seminar via teleconferencing. The presentation was very interactive and overall a great success.   You can view the presentation by clicking HERE. For more information, please email Dr. Eyhab Bader Eddin at ealdeen@kku.edu.sa Date: 10/25/2017 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: Mohammad Taisir Albukaai
The presenters of the fortnightly seminars in the academic year of 1437-38 were awarded certificates of appreciation at the Certificate Award Ceremony held on October 25, 2017, which was arranged by the Language Research Center of the Faculty of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University. The occasion was graced with the presence of Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean of Faculty of Languages and Translation. Certificates were awarded to Mr. Mohsin Khan for his presentation titled Incorporating Blackboard in EFL Teaching, Mr. Nabeel Ali Sayed whose presentation topic was Arabic is in English, Mr. Mahmudul Haque for his presentation titled Learner Autonomy and Metacognition in Language Learning,  Dr. Eyhab Bader Eddin for his presentations titled Translation of Death as Clad in Euphemism and Non-lexical Equivalence in Translation, Dr. Abdul Wahed Zumor for the presentation titled A metacognitive and Social Strategy to Improve Content Lecture Comprehension, Mr. Erich Beer for his presentation titled From the Top of a Pole One Hundred Feet High, How Do You Step Forward? Questions, Intuitions and Pointers Relating to Reading Comprehension, Prof. Abdullah Hady Al Kahtany who shared his valuable Experience in Teaching, Prof. Habib Abdessalem and Mr. Hassan Costello whose presentation was titled Introductions in Locally Published Research Articles in Linguistics: Towards A Syntagmatics of Moves, Dr. Basim Kanan for the presentation titled The Effect of Expansion of Vision Span on Reading Speed: A Case Study of EFL Major Students at KKU, Dr. Sheila Simpkins who talked about Bloom’s Taxonomy, Dr. Haseeb Ahmed for his presentation titled What is Literature? Why Should We Study It?, Mr. Abdullah Omar for his presentation titled Awareness and Attitudes of Saudi Students toward World Englishes, Mr. Faruquzzaman Akan whose spoke about the topic of Barriers to Language Development, and Dr. Abdelhamid Bessaid who presented Rethinking the Main Objectives of Teaching English. Date: 10/25/2017 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam