Social Media Celebrities

The English Club provided a platform for a structured, intelligent, and open debate in the month of December 2016. The purpose of the debate (Social Media Celebrities) was to build critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Overall, many of those who attended in the audience applauded the civic awareness and engagement displayed by the debaters.  First place winner, Khalid Al Shehri (against the motion), stated “We live in a world which relies on the online world more than the reality. We need more role models, but a role model may exert a bad influence. We need to be aware of that and keep that in mind.” Second place winner, Yasser Al Shahrani (for the motion), stated “Social media celebrities are like a mirror with two sides. If it is clean, it will reflect something good and vice versa.”  Prof. Habib Abdesslem and Dr. Omer Sultan were the judges of the event and applauded the students for their persuasive arguments, fluency, and overall accuracy. Abdullah Asiri, Director of Student Activities, congratulated all students who participated in recent developments and looks forward to seeing the English Club host more in the upcoming semester.

Awards were also presented to the winners of the essay contest by evaluators Abdullah Asiri, Hassan Costello, and Saiful Islam as follows:

  1. 1st Place: Omar Muhammad Jama
  2. 2nd Place: Khalid Al Qahtani
  3. 3rd Place: Khalid Al Shehri

Special thanks to Abdullah Qahtani (Event Moderator), Mohammed Salem Shehri (Event Host), all members of the English Club, and Naif Musfer Bassami for developing a pilot Android/iPhone app.


Date: 1/8/17

Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation

Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam 

Under the patronage of Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean, and the supervision of Dr. Mohammed S. Assiri, Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, the E-Learning Unit of the faculty organized the “12th E-Learning Awareness Campaign” for level 1 department students from Sunday, February 11, 2018 to Thursday, February 15, 2018.  Appreciating the efforts of the E-Learning Unit for organizing the campaign, Dr. Mohammed S. Assiri, Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, said that these are the types of activities that help students attain academic excellence. Dr. Munassir Alhamami, Chairman, accompanied the E-Learning Unit team during the awareness campaign in some of the classes. Dr. Munassir provided simultaneous translation wherever it was required.    Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, FLT E-Learning Unit Supervisor, said that the awareness campaign aimed to make level 1 students aware of the necessity and practical use of the King Khalid University E-Learning system (Blackboard).  "To achieve the aim of the campaign, students were contacted individually in their respective classrooms. An e-learning booth was set up, and e-learning brochures and booklets were distributed," said Mr. Khan. Furthermore, he stated, "The Campaign encouraged students to use Blackboard effectively. We were excited that students actively participated in the campaign." The Faculty of Languages and Translation offers a round of applause to the following individuals for their significant contributions and involvement: Mr. Jawed Ahmed Mr. Kamluddin Mr. Matthew Paul Dr. Mohamed Asif Ishfaq Date: 2-18-2018 Source: E-Learning Unit Multimedia Contribution: Javed Ahmed
At the seminar held on February 14, 2018, organized by Language Research Center, at the Faculty of Languages and Translation, Dr. Haseeb Ahmed delivered a presentation titled Environmental Ethics: An Exploration of Islamic Literature. His presentation was primarily centered on key Islamic principles of relevance to environmental ethics and protection. The presentation commenced with significant environmental issues related to pollution and contamination. In this regard, he focused on ecological chasms created by the hazardous emission of excessive greenhouse gases. Among the effects he showed, global warming is worth mentioning. Owing to global warming, the sea level is continuously increasing, and consequently, several islands may be uninhabitable within decades. He discussed well-known international summits and conferences (e.g., Kyoto Protocol 1997, Marrakesh Accords 2001) that were held to address the alarming changes in the environment.  The second half of his presentation emphasized the Islamic literature perspectives on environmental protection. The implication was that, if people adhered to the Islamic beliefs on environmental awareness and protection of natural resources from the very beginning, we would not have faced such catastrophes. While focusing on Islamic literature, he quoted some verses from the Holy Qur’an that emphasize man’s role as a trustee of nature. He also quoted the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) who advised us not to spoil nature and pre-eminent scholars who wrote about the environment and their juristic principles.  The presentation was very informative, and it successfully encouraged the participants to rethink our raison d’etre in an effort to save the environment. Date: 2/15/2018 Source: MD Adil
New students were embraced at the Level 1 Student Orientation on February 6, 2018, in the auditoriums of Building D. Incoming students were greeted with a warm welcome by the English Club and a presentation highlighting what the FLT would bring into their lives.  Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, delivered a heartfelt welcome telling all students that we are all one family.  He introduced the numerous facilities that the FLT provides to students to bolster their experience, and he encouraged students to take advantage of the expanded opportunities we offer at the FLT by completely immersing themselves into campus life and academic events. Any student who missed this event can contact the English Club for further assistance. Date: 02-11-2018 Source: The Faculty of Languages and Translation
The Deanship of E-Learning awarded the Faculty of Languages & Translation by presenting a certificate of appreciation for supporting the Deanship in successfully delivering the eLearning Practitioner Course. Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean, and Dr. Yahya Asiri, Vice Dean, received the certificate. The university-wide eLearning Practitioner Course for faculty members was offered by the Deanship of E-Learning from 25/10/2017 to 09/11/2017. FLT E-Learning Supervisor, Mohsin Raza Khan, delivered the course. The importance of instructional design training and an enhanced learning environment for students is well known to all colleges of the university. It took place as part of a university-wide strategy to provide the knowledge and skills needed to capitalize on one of the fastest growing areas of education while creating captivating learning experiences for students. The primary objectives of the course were to improve student learning, engagement, interaction, and most importantly quality learning. These objectives were solidified by the core foundation of the program that participants would be able to: Create content items to present a variety of learning activities to enhance student learning. Deliver authentic assessments to evaluate student knowledge in a variety of meaningful ways. Use Blackboard communication tools to promote interactions between the student and instructor, the student and course content, and the student and peers. Effectively utilize Blackboard Collaborate™ tools to increase student engagement by providing a means to share and create knowledge. The course was an overall success and will continue on a periodic basis as a part of the developmental projects of the Tamkeen team. Special thanks to Mohammed Jarallah, Training Manager, and Dr. Khaled M. Mohanna, E-Learning Team Manager, for their holistic support. As a final note, Mohsin Raza Khan received a certificate of appreciation by the Deanship of E-Learning for his efforts. Date: 2/4/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
On January 31, 2018, the Language Research Center held a seminar at the Al-Samer Campus that included a presentation by Dr. Sara Huseynova titled, "On North American ESL/EFL Teaching Principles and on PPP, ESA, TTT, TBL as the ELL Instruction Methods." Her presentation was primarily based on the high impact teaching strategies predominantly in use. She began her presentation by explaining the key principles of ELL instruction in North America and Europe.  She highlighted the fact that teenage learners are more interested in interaction and group work than in lectures which make them passive. She also emphasized that learning becomes meaningful and social when it is related to students’ everyday life. While talking about teaching methods, she mentioned Communicative Language Teaching as one of the most important teaching principles. Throughout her presentation, she emphasized the importance of student-centered teaching that engages students and creates opportunities for meaningful learning.  Dr. Huseynova also spoke in detail on four ELL teaching approaches: Presentation-Practice-Production (PPP), Engage-Study-Activate (ESA), Test-Teach-Test (TTT) and Task-based Learning (TBL).  She explained which approach might suit the different levels of students and several factors that need to be taken into consideration.  It is worth mentioning that Dr. Sara Huseynova has a TEFL degree from Moscow State Linguistics University, accredited in Canada, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics earned at the same University and also accredited at the University of Toronto, Canada. Before coming to the KSA, she obtained years of professional experience in teacher training and teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).  The presentation was very interactive and overall a great success.   Date: 2/1/2018 Source: MD Adil