FLT Delighted to Receive Certificate of Appreciation

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

Dr. Munassir Alhamami delivered a presentation titled "Attention to Intention" at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on September 19, 2018. His presentation focused on predicting academic achievement from classroom behaviors. Dr. Alhamami first explained the significance of 'intention' in achieving good grades. He talked about the factors involved in 'intention'. He emphasized that intention is an indicator of performance. Grades, he added, overwhelmingly reflected the effectiveness of teaching methods, course books, exams, and quizzes. Dr. Alhamami also explained the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) in detail. After analyzing the multiple regression analyses applied to the outcomes of his research questions, Alhamami explained that TPB could help language educators gain insight into the underlying cognitive foundation of their students. In doing so, the relative contributions of attitudes can lead to the prediction of student achievement. He conducted his research on both male and female students of the English Language Center. At the end of the seminar, Dr. Alhamami emphasized the need for qualitative research in this field, which could help students obtain better grades and improve the entire curriculum. The seminar was practical, informative, and entertaining. Date: 9/20/2018 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique Multimedia Contribution: Sayed Abdul Karim
Hanan Al-Subaiai, an MA student, delivered a presentation titled Linguistic Hegemony of the English Language in the Medical Context of Bisha King Abdullah Hospital at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on September 12, 2018. The seminar was held at the King Abdullah Road Campus. In her presentation, she focused on the impact of English on patients and staff members working at King Abdullah Hospital in Bisha. Hanan began her speech with the factors that motivated her to conduct the research. She stated that even though English had become a common language in the Kindom's hospitals, Saudis are more comfortable with Arabic. Her research questions centered on the impact of English on service delivery to patients, challenges medical practitioners encounter, the attitude of patients towards English, whether English should be abolished in hospitals, how patients’ education level affects their attitude towards English and so on. While talking about her research, Hanan mentioned four variables she used – understanding, satisfaction level, policy and rights, and language and communication. According to her data analysis, a high percentage of the medical staff believed that the use of English in the medical context is not effective in service delivery. Hanan concluded, “Policymakers and the management of King Abdullah Hospital in Bisha can use the empirical evidence in this study to make informed decisions.” She emphasized further research in this field so that the major problem associated with the use of English can be successfully identified. The seminar was very interactive, engaging and overall successful. It is worth noting that Graiger Campus also participated in the seminar through video conferencing. Date: 9/12/2018 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique
Under the supervision of FLT Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, and organization of the English Club, first-year students in the Faculty of Languages and Translation arrived bright and early on Wednesday, Sept, 12, for the Academic Year 2018-2019 Freshman Orientation Day. The Class of 2022 assembled for the first official time in the room A/3/60, welcomed by a variety of administrators, teachers and the president of the English Club. Dean Al-Melhi and FLT Chairman, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, were joined by Dr. Basim Kanaan, academic advisor, Naser Al-Hawamdeh, registrar, Mohsin Khan, e-learning supervisor, LEP Administrators Dr. Charles Forman and Hassan Costello, and student Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani, the president of the English Club whose area of responsibility include extra-curricular activities and hosting student events. The FLT holds a variety of extra-curricular activities each semester, including academic and sports competitions, available for students to join, become active, and leave their mark. Freshman Orientation provided students an opportunity to (i) understand the academic and community expectations of a King Khalid University student, (ii) feel more prepared to transition into the University, (iii) become acquainted with the resources available, (iv) meet with the academic advisor and registrar to learn more about academic expectations, and (v) have a better understanding of the Faculty of Languages and Translation student experience. All the speakers encouraged the new students to get involved. They delivered seven important tips: To attend lectures on time; to complete assignments on time; to check announcements; to utilize Tawasol for course and final exam schedule inquiries; to contact the academic advisor if help is needed, to attend academic advising support meetings, and to visit the college website for helpful links. Dean Al-Melhi said he welcomed the Class of 2022 as a fellow graduate of the same college. He is himself a graduate of the FLT, a member of the Class of 1987. “We want you to be successful, and though you will find that the transition from high school to college different, we have plenty of ways to support you along the way,” said Al-Melhi. “There will be challenges, of course, but we are here for you, and our doors are always open." Date: 09-12-2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution: Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani and Mohsin Khan
The Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education collaborated with the Faculty of Languages and Translation to deliver an introductory level short course to primary, secondary, and high school teachers who work for the Ministry of Education.  Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Translation, and Dr. Omar Alwan Aqeel, Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, led the program.  Over the course of 4 weeks, nearly 100 registered participants were deeply engaged in a mix of active lesson types. The practical sessions involved a variety of communicative formats with a focus on grammar and vocabulary that utilized pair work, group work, and class activities. At the end of each week, participants had the chance to test their abilities to use collocations, complex grammar, and discourse markers in a tailored IELTS speaking exam workshop.  Director of the English Language Center, Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Rezgi, Hashim Ali Asiri, lecturer, Khalid Mater Asiri, lecturer, and Hassan Costello, language instructor, delivered the program. Date: 8/12/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Source: Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education
This year, for the first time, students applying to the Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT) were required to participate in an English language proficiency test. The exam was rolled out to serve as a critical post-admissions measure to understand students' English language and academic skills. The exam was jointly supervised by the Faculty of Languages and Translation and the Deanship of Admissions and Registration. Nearly 400 prospective freshman applicants sat for the exam in three auditoriums. Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean of the FLT, explained that the post-admissions measure was designed to provide students with appropriate and effective language and academic support that will help them fully realize their academic potential. A key component of that measure was an accelerated grading procedure, which allowed prospective freshman to receive their results within 24 hours. Dr. Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, Vice Rector of Academic and Educational Affairs, and Dr. Abdulmohsen Al-Qarni, Dean of Admissions and Registration, echoed Dean Al-Melhi's comments and indicated that the exam was a great success. Date: 7/25/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation