Spelling Bee Creates a Buzz!

On November 25, 2018, the English Club in collaboration with the Reading Club held the Annual Spelling Bee Competition. More than 20 students representing various levels, colleges, and countries participated. The event required an intense amount of preparation by both the organizers and the participants. The vocabulary was derived from a rather lengthy fictional story that was provided in advance. The event was highly competitive and this was reflected by the charged atmosphere in the room. The spelling bee involved three full rounds of elimination, all of which came down to 1 or 2 points between and among competitors. The event lasted nearly 3 hours and involved hundreds of vocabulary words. Event Judge, Mahmudul Haque, managed to keep order in often spirited and contentious competition. Director of the English Club, Khalid Al-Qasemi, said: 'I am so pleased with the large turnout and the seriousness with which the participants approached this event'. The event featured cash prizes. First place went to Mohammed Al-Yami, a level 1 FLT student. Second place went to Firas Al-Hajj, an engineering student. Third place went to Mohammed Ahmed, a university student. Event Wordsmith, Dr. Charles Forman, congratulated all of the competitors, noting 'While we all appreciate the competitive spirit of this competition, the participants achieved an even greater objective than bragging rights and monetary prizes – they all learned a great deal from the experience'. Date: 11-29-18 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation

Graduate Student Receives Excellence Award at Translation Marathon

During the spring 2018 semester, postgraduate student, Ibrahim Mesfer Alhelali, represented the students of the Faculty of Languages and Translation at numerous interactive workshops designed to improve literacy skills at the Riyadh International Book Fair. Alhelali proudly took part in the "translation marathon" where he was asked to translate important stories that focused on Saudi culture. His work caught the eye of many on the panel of judges when he provided a translation describing the door of the Kaaba and its improvements throughout history in the presence of more than 500 publishers from 27 countries. " I am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent the Faculty of Languages and Translation and receive an excellence award for my work," added Alhelali. Date: 6/28/2018 Source: FLT