The Effect of Expansion of Vision Span on Reading Speed: A Case Study of EFL Major Students

The Language Research Center at the Faculty of Languages and Translation organized a seminar on February 27, 2017, which included a presentation by Dr. Basim Kanan, titled The Effect of Expansion of Vision Span on Reading SpeedThis presentation was based on a research study conducted by Dr. Basim Kanan, Salahud Din Abdul-Rab and Ahlullah Siddiqui.   

It primarily emphasized the enhancement of reading speed. He pointed out the fact that reading comprehension is an important process that enables a reader to recognize symbols and understand the message. It showed the relation between eyes pauses and reading speed. Dr. Basim explained the terms reading span or visual span and eye-span. He demonstrated how a language learner gradually improves his or her reading speed from letter level to sentence level.  The research study had also involved some training for KKU students to improve their reading speed. It had shown noticeable improvement in reading speed among the learners after training. He concluded that the average reading speed of KKU EFL undergraduate students is 75 wpm with approximately 70% comprehension.

The session was very interactive and informative. It is worth mentioning that Al Samer campus also joined the seminar through video conferencing. 

Date: 2/27/2017

Source: MD Adil

Multimedia Contribution: Sayed Karim

Dr. Mihaita Horezeanu delivered a presentation at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on March 21, 2018. His presentation was titled The Gaps that Speak for Themselves or How to Create a Cloze (T). . ., which was primarily based on cloze test and its practical use. Dr. Horezeanu started with a brief history of the cloze test followed by different types and their advantages and disadvantages. While focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of a fixed-rate cloze test, he pointed out the fact that such a test is the easiest for the test writer to make. Such a type of cloze test, however, may result in a number of gaps which are both virtually impossible and unnecessarily difficult for test takers to fill in, he added. He also talked about the modified fixed-ratio cloze and the rational-deletion cloze and their advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Horezeanu also shared his experience in applying some of those tests. He emphasized that to design a rational-deletion cloze test, the teacher or the test writer should think about what he or she intends to assess. He concluded that it is a great challenge for the test writer if the test is to measure ‘the effectiveness of communication’, since communication is a two-way process. He also added, while concluding, that testing and teaching are interrelated and therefore, the best test writer is the teacher himself or herself. The presentation was very informative and overall a great success. Date: 3/21/2018 Source: MD Adil
Dr. Munassir Alhamami, assistant professor, was honored for excellence and achievement in research, service, and extracurricular activities at an awards ceremony held earlier this week. In support and recognition of academic excellence, Rector Al-Solamy congratulated Alhamami for the significance of his contributions and the long-term impact of his research during his time at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  Conferred by the Office of the University Vice Presidency for Academic Development and Quality, the Excellence Awards program recognizes faculty who exemplify a commitment to enhancing the university experience for their peers and colleagues. Date: 3/15/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
At the seminar held on February 28, 2018, arranged by Language Research Center, Mr. Bandar Altalidi delivered a presentation titled Institutional Fansubbing: A Case Study of the Fansubbing Initiative ‘Autrjim’. His presentation was primarily based on his MA research project. Bandar began his presentation with his research objectives – exploring the decisions and strategies implemented by volunteer translators, studying fansubbers’ attempts to achieve their own goals and focusing on the technical aspects of audiovisual translation and fansubbers’ approach to it. The research also attempted to explore the impact of the procedural and technical consideration followed by Autrjim on its subtitling aims. Bandar, while talking about his literature review, emphasized the fact that audio-visual translation had acquired its own identity and had been used as a standard term in university programs, research, and publications. Fansubbing and amateur translation, Bandar added, were neglected research areas while quoting Pérez-González, 2007. This particularly inspired him to research into Fansubbing. Finally, he defined autrjim and how this group of fans contributed to subtitling videos according to his research findings. The presentation was very informative, and it successfully engaged the participants. Date: 3/1/2018 Source: MD Adil
Lourdes Ortega, Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University, delivered a presentation as a part of the Faculty of Language Translation's Webinar Series on February 19, 2018. The webinar, supported by the E-Learning Deanship of King Khalid University, drew a crowd of nearly 170 participants from around the Kingdom.  Ortega’s webinar, entitled “Aptitude and Motivation in Second Language Acquisition,” examined the relationships between aptitude and motivation with a special focus on the best-researched SLA works on motivations and the complex set of constructs that follow. A relatively recent paper that was discussed in the webinar is also Dr. Fakieh Al-Rabai's -- Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at King Khalid University -- most well-known research article in the field. The 2013 paper, titled The Effects of Teachers’ Motivational Strategies on Learners’ Motivation: A Controlled Investigation of Second Language Acquisition, was cleverly devised as related by Professor Ortega. From the abstract of the webinar: In this webinar, I discuss the wealth of research on aptitude and motivation that has become available in the field of second language acquisition and which can help teachers answer some important questions: Are there special cognitive abilities (aptitude) and certain personal predispositions (motivation) that could help explain the large difference we all see in how successful students are in learning a new language in our classrooms? How much does the surrounding environment contribute to shaping aptitude and motivation: the classroom, family and peers, a society's message about the new language, its value, and its difficulty? And to what extent can aptitude and motivation to learn a new language change with experiences inside and outside of the classroom? I also point at ways in which this research can help language teachers strategize so they can support their students' aptitude and motivation and enhance their odds of lasting success with English, in the language classroom and beyond. Delivering official closing remarks, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, Chairman, advised participants to implement the lessons learned during the webinar. Ortega’s academic and research interests are broadly in second language acquisition, particularly sociocognitive and educational dimensions in adult classroom settings. Her research utilizes insights from bilingualism and from usage-based linguistics to the investigation of second language development. Date: 2-19-2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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