English Club Title Game Comes Down to the Wire

On the 7th of November spectators who had braved the cold winter's night to attend the highly anticipated 2018 Football Final of the English Club, were treated to an extremely thrilling battle between two highly energized teams. After leading Juventus for most of the match, Manchester City ceded a goal in the last minute of this, truly exhilarating, encounter. Juventus thus narrowly managed to edge out City 6-5, to win the coveted winner's trophy. It was interesting to note that the majority of the spectators felt that a draw would have been a much fairer reflection of the game. But, in sport, the results are often not an accurate reflection of the entire game.

Medals, trophies, and prizes were awarded to the winners by Vice Dean, Dr. Yahya Asiri, and Chairman, Dr. Munassir Alhamami. They expressed their gratefulness to Director of Student Affairs, Khalid Al-Qasemi, and the managing committee of the English Club for their hard work which ensured its success. They also indicated that they were hopeful more of the faculty's staff would support similar future events.


Date: 11/8/2018

Source: Azaad Hayat

On November 5th, the Women's Scientific Research Committee of the Faculty of Languages and Translation held a two-hour workshop titled "Reach Your Goal With IELTS". It was led by lecturer Ms. Anjum Misho. She began with an overview of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS, she explained, is the premier English language proficiency test and is recognized worldwide for admission to education and employment opportunities. She then conducted a brief session concerning the IELTS testing process and assessment parameters. Thereafter, Ms. Misho held an intensive session concerning IELTS preparation. She focused on the Academic module, which is the test most used by students applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. This module is especially important to those seeking graduate, post-graduate, or professional training. Each program participant received a variety of materials, which will be helpful in preparing for the 4-testing components (listening/reading/writing/speaking skills). The workshop was attended by 25 undergraduate, graduate, and former students. From the numerous questions posed by the attendees, it was apparent that many were very eager to master the test. Ms. Misho provided a great deal of useful information on methods to prepare for and do well on the IELTS test. Towards the end of the workshop, the scientific research committee coordinator gave special thanks to Ms. Amjad Khazim Alamri and Ms. Ahlam Ahmad Asiri. The coordinator also recognized the participants for their attention and diligence. Certificates of participation were then distributed to the grateful participants. Date: 15/11/2018 Source: Ms. Amal Abdelsattar Metwally, Scientific Research Committee Coordinator
On November 12th, there was a gathering of the English Club in the Language Enhancement Program (LEP) room at the main campus. The purpose of the meeting was to conduct another installment of the “Linguistics Hour”. The Linguistics Hour is a continuing project to identify issues in English language learning, discuss methods for improving English language education, and to identify practical applications for the usage of English in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At the commencement of the Linguistics Hour, there were two roundtable discussions each led by LEP staff members. First, Dr. Hasan Jaashan discussed a variety of topics related to applied linguistics and language acquisition. Then, Saqub Aftab shared information about a language study. This study concluded inter alia that young children possess the ability to learn multiple languages at a near-native level proficiency. The featured speaker at the Linguistics Hour was Prof. Abdallah Hady Al-Kahtany. Prof. Al-Kahtany is a highly-respected educator of the English language. He also served as the Dean of Faculty Affairs. This gives him a broad and deep understanding of the issues surrounding foreign language education. Prof. Al-Kahtany began by inquiring of the student participants how they were drawn to studying English at the university level. There was a wide variety of interesting responses. One student said he became interested in the language when he rode with his father who was a driver for foreigners who spoke English. Prof. Al-Kahtany cautioned the students that their studies should revolve around more than future employment prospects. He emphasized that studying language should be an effort driven by internal curiosity and desire. Prof. Al-Kahtany noted the potential benefits of being multilingual. He explained that knowing several languages expands ones worldview and gives a deeper understanding of cultures and international issues. In addition, being able to communicate in the native languages of other countries is an ideal way of spreading the message of Islam throughout the world. Multilingual communication also presents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a positive light. Then, Prof. Al-Kahtany admonished the students to make learning a lifelong ambition. He noted that the more one reads, the more one learns. Learning, for its own sake, is a noble and valuable cause he concluded. At the end of the Linguistics Hour, Prof. Al-Kahtany thanked all of the students and staff who participated, noting that the LEP is a valuable resource to our students. Director of Student Activities, Khalid Al-Qasemi, thanked on behalf of the English Club, all of the faculty who participated and mentioned he looked forward to more Linguistics Hour Programs. Date: 11/13/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Source: Nasser Ali
On the 7th of November spectators who had braved the cold winter's night to attend the highly anticipated 2018 Football Final of the English Club, were treated to an extremely thrilling battle between two highly energized teams. After leading Juventus for most of the match, Manchester City ceded a goal in the last minute of this, truly exhilarating, encounter. Juventus thus narrowly managed to edge out City 6-5, to win the coveted winner's trophy. It was interesting to note that the majority of the spectators felt that a draw would have been a much fairer reflection of the game. But, in sport, the results are often not an accurate reflection of the entire game. Medals, trophies, and prizes were awarded to the winners by Vice Dean, Dr. Yahya Asiri, and Chairman, Dr. Munassir Alhamami. They expressed their gratefulness to Director of Student Affairs, Khalid Al-Qasemi, and the managing committee of the English Club for their hard work which ensured its success. They also indicated that they were hopeful more of the faculty's staff would support similar future events. Date: 11/8/2018 Source: Azaad Hayat
On the 7th of November, Dr. Mazeegha Al-Tale’ delivered a presentation titled “PECAL Model: Bringing the Best Together for Dynamic Gains” at a Language Research Center seminar. Dr. Al-Tale’ started her presentation by identifying the objective of her research – having the university produce competent, skillful, and productive members of society. She then reviewed the working model designed to effectuate these noble objectives. As she explained, the model focuses on effective EFL teaching of university students to the workplace. Dr. Al-Tale’ explained that PECAL stands for “Psychological Electronic Cooperative Active Learning”. She further explained that she applied this model to her Applied Linguistics 2 course at the Faculty of Languages and Translation. This course focuses on identifying and evaluating various teaching methods. Her research involved 10 university employees, 83 female undergraduate students, and 20 diploma program students. Dr. Al-Tale’ compared the academic performance of the experimental group with the control group. She prepared a differential analysis citing several factors in relation to learner attitudes. Dr. Al-Tale’ observed that the research participants responded favorably to lectures using the PECAL Model. She also noted that as the students were more successful, the teachers responded positively as well. This made for a generally more effective educational environment benefitting the students, teachers, and staff. Dr. Al-Tale’ noted that the model could be replicated and implemented in academic environments. This can create synergies that ensure long-term workplace effectiveness and continuously improving efficiencies. A lively Q&A session ensued among the participants concerning how the presenter’s theoretical model was developed. In her response, Dr. Al-Tale’ clarified and embedded her take away ideas to make them more relevant to the audience. Overall, the seminar was a good opportunity for attendees to deepen their understanding of the PECAL Model. Date: 11/8/2018 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique
The Women's English Club of the Faculty of Languages and Translation held a program titled "Above the Sky" on Sunday the 28th of October from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The purpose of the program was to publicize the role of women with respect to Vision 2030. In one of his seminal speeches, Crown Prince, HRH Mohammed bin Salman, noted that women play a key role in reshaping the Saudi Arabian economy as part of Vision 2030. In this program at KKU, the participants expressed their gratitude for HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s confidence in making sure that women play an important part in the Kingdom’s national strategy. The women participating in the program are highly enthusiastic and are looking forward to reaping the benefits of a highly modernized economy which will provide many opportunities for women, youth, and the public-at-large. Then, the 1st place winning team of the Hajj Hackathon “Turjuman” participated by presenting a video that summarizes the factors that helped them to win the Hajj Hackathon. As explained on the website TechRadar, "Hackathons are ways to pool human resources with the purpose of tackling difficult challenges and coming up with solutions by producing usable software. By having multiple teams with diverse backgrounds competing, the organizers get access to a range of high-quality potential solutions." The Turjuman’s team prize-winning project was based on the installation of QR codes on all Hajj signage showing the translated versions of each sign in the user’s native language. At the end of the program, the team conducted a question and answer session in which they addressed the details of the steps they took to win the Hajj Hackathon, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. Date: 11/4/2018 Source: Asma Al-Ahmari, Women's Campus IT Ambassador Multimedia Course: Hind Mohammed Maghram