English Club Sponsors Award Ceremony Recognizing Extracurricular Learning Efforts

On the 6th of December, members of the English Club presented various certificates of appreciation and awards to numerous faculty members and students. Teachers were honored for their extraordinary efforts in helping to develop the students' mastery of the English language. Many students were recognized for their efforts in creating and executing the programs.

The English Club thanked Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi, Vice Dean Yahya Asiri, and Chairman Munassir Alhamami for making the extracurricular programs and the awards ceremony possible. Student Activities Director, Khalid Al-Qasemi, explained that English language immersion events sharpens student language skills and strengthen the bonds among students, teachers, and staff. English Club President, upper-level student Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani, closed the event by thanking and congratulating all of the participants and supporters.

Date: 12/6/2018

Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation

  Dr. Ahlullah Siddiqui delivered an interactive presentation on similes, metaphors, and idioms on behalf of the Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT) and the English Club. The well-attended seminar included many students from the FLT and various other colleges. The purpose of the event was to discuss the importance of figurative language in learning English.   Dr. Siddiqui began by defining the different types of figuratives in the English language. He explained that we use metaphors, similes and idioms to make otherwise dull language or topics more interesting or dramatic. "Figurative language is a way of dressing up plain, everyday English and making it unique and fun. It allows speakers and writers to put their own style into language," he said. Figuratives also make the subject of a conversation or writing more relatable to many people and thereby can enhance understanding through greater clarity. Dr. Siddiqui then discussed other types of figurative language, including hyperbole, irony, etc. He noted that figuratives bring emotion, emphasis and a sense of memorable style or poetry to important concepts or points. "Colourful language provokes thoughts and emotions and adds spice to our language, engaging the audience. I am so happy to be sharing the more esoteric aspects of the English language with all of you. I encourage you all to improve your skills and language abilities continually," he concluded.   After the initial presentation, the audience participated in an exercise that helps explain the differences among various forms of figurative language. The students deciphered the latent meaning in phrases such as "time is money" and "icing on the cake". At the conclusion of the exercise, Dr. Siddiqui and the audience reviewed the figurative language as a group.   Special thanks to English Club Director Mr. Faisal Al Fadhil and the English Club for organizing the event and making this useful event possible.   The Faculty of Languages and Translation is committed to providing world-class language education and empowering the students with the tools to succeed in challenging academic programs. Date: 11/13/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
  With the commitment to advancing the practice of quality assurance, the Academic Development and Quality Committee at the Faculty of Languages & Translation (King Abdullah Road Campus) organized a workshop titled "Implementing Basic Language Assessment Principles" delivered by Dr. Sara Sevinj Huseynova on Wednesday 6th November 2019. The workshop was about the assessment principles themselves and how to provide valuable feedback while considering the local cultural tendencies. The workshop highlighted that tests are subsets of assessment; therefore, they should never be the entire basis of how to determine the students' level or progress. The teachers might want to assess the students' performance by other various forms of assessment. Also, high-quality tests should be developed in accordance with the fundamental principles of language assessment. It is highly desirable that the teachers, especially teaching the new language for students, are very clear about what kinds of assignments are expected in the evaluation. Moreover, the assessment should promote reliable and consistent judgments by the teachers teaching the same subject.   Dr. Huseynova and the participants discussed the impact that tests have on teaching and learning. She explained that feedback should utilize the new discoverers of the neuroscience and applied linguistics about the ways of providing negative feedback to the female students in a positive manner. The handout on "Giving and Receiving Constructive Oral Feedback for Improving Students' Performance" was an additional resource for the participants of the workshop. It was noted that constructive and broadminded feedback will work, which assists the students in making one further step in a non-invasive and considerate way. Finally, correct feedback can improve attention, memory, and make the student's mental capacity closer to the positive intelligence brain. Date: 11/8/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
  On October 10, 2019, we reported that the English Club went to Al-Souda for a camping trip. On that trip, students engaged in a competitive jeopardy-style review game. A select group of high performing students advanced to the finals, and though it ended in deadlock, a group of 6 students emerged as co-winners. On November 7, 2019, the 6 co-winners were awarded with an exclusive trip to an undisclosed location in Al-Souda. English Club Director, Faisal Al-Fadhil, led students to the precipice of the waterfall, where they spent the evening exchanging conversation, removing liter from the surrounding areas, and enjoying a traditional campfire dinner.   "The 2nd Twitter Winners' Trip was launched to reward those who follow our activities very closely and have the competitive heart to join our adventures," said Director Alfadhil. Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Yahya Asiri, commented that the event was a worthwhile endeavor. Date: 11/8/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
  On November 6, 2019, the Faculty of Languages and Translation, along with the English Club, sponsored a faculty member soccer tournament. The purpose of the event was to encourage camaraderie among the faculty members through friendly competition. Nine faculty members participated.   The faculty were separated into two teams with a King Khalid University student rounding out the field of players. The teams played continuously until Maghreb prayer. Everybody prayed together on the field. Subsequently, the marathon match resumed for another 60 minutes.   Each team included an outstanding player. Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Yahya Asiri, was the star of his squad. His specialty is using quick and decisive footwork to evade would-be defenders. He scored numerous goals much to the chagrin of the competent defense. Dr. Asiri was ably assisted by Ahl Allah Saddiqi, Dr. Dimitrios Michael, and Dr. Omer Sultan. They provided excellent defensive cover and were effective on offense as well. Dr. Sultan provided brief intermissions by adeptly kicking the ball out of the stadium. Several soccer balls remain missing at this time.   Dr. Basim Kanaan was the opposing star player on his team. His skills included accurate scissor kicks and adept ball handling. Teammate and English Club Director, Faisal Alfadhil, provided the speed that kept Dr. Asiri's team in constant motion. Azaad Hayat provided additional intermissions by drilling balls into opposing players, which resulted in game stoppages and some minor injuries.   Dr. Karem Abdelatif Ahmed and Hassan Costello served as goalies in the match. Dr. Ahmed, despite his best efforts, allowed many goals due to the continuous onslaught of the skilled offense by Dr. Asiri's team. Hassan Costello apparently was unaware he was playing goal. However, the opposing team was only marginally successful because Hassan is approximately the same size as the goal.   The soccer matches will be a standing event to be held every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Lasan Campus.   The Faculty of Languages and Translation is committed to employee development and well-being. Date: 11/7/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
  Dr. Michael Hadzatonis spoke on the subject of Discourse Analysis in Linguistic Anthropology (Part 2) on October 16, 2019, at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center.   Hadzantonis focused on Goffman's Frame theory. He stated, "Erving Goffman stipulated that instances of talk should be complexified, and that talk becomes recontextualized, predicated on its current or situated 'frame, 'following work on Frame theory by anthropologist Gregory Bates. As such, Erving Goffman suggested a methodological framework to separate the speaker into four parts: The producer, the mediator, the author, and the figure. The framework also separated the hearer into multiple parts, including the ratified audience, the unratified audience, eavesdroppers, and bystanders."   Hadzantonis added that in the 1980s, rap music changed significantly from Early New School rap to Golden Age New School rap, where the figure, that is, the person or a subject referred to in the telling, shifted from self (the rapper) to societal issue (for example drugs or violence). This signified a marked shift in rap music and in society at large, grounding Goffman as highly relevant to modern society. The talk emphasized the possibility of employing a simple analytical framework as a Discourse Analytical technique in Linguistic Anthropology, where the framework can contribute to understanding ways in which we see rap music as restylized diachronically.   The seminar was a great success. King Abdullah Road campus also participated in the seminar. Date: 11/5/2019 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique