English Club

FLT Holds Freshman Orientation

  Turnout was strong for the annual Faculty of Languages and Translation's freshman orientation at the beginning of the semester, as students received an overview of the rules and regulations, enjoyed meeting fellow lowerclassmen, and learned more about the English Club.   Although orientation usually runs for 1-2 hours, it offers the opportunity to meet teachers and fellow students and forge relationships. Understanding the expectations of a King Khalid University student is key to making a successful transition into the Faculty of Languages and Translation. Student Advisor, Dr. Dawood Mahdi, and Student Activities Director, Faisal Alfadhil, both delivered speeches focused on becoming acquainted with the resources available. Upperclassmen were on hand to help students and offer words of support.   "Freshman Orientation is a great time for our new students to get ready for the transition to college life," Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi said. "We welcome the Class of 2023 and encourage them to attend classes on a regular basis." Date: 9-10-2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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English Club Theater: Macbeth

  The women's English Club of the Faculty of Languages and Translation and the Deanship of Student Affairs dedicated a day to re-enact 'Macbeth' by Shakespeare on Wednesday the 13th of March from 9:00 to 10:00 in the theater of the Science College. The play was a great success with more than 230 guests from all departments. The primary objective of the program was to combine drama, performance, and English literature to develop the practical experience and academic study of students. The secondary objective of this program was to foster a creative environment and to give an opportunity to exceptionally talented students to practice their skills such as acting, speech fluency, makeup art, design, and directing. The program started with an inspirational speech given by English Club Head,  Maram Almalki, who spoke about drama and its importance. Then, a short trailer about the play was shown. After, more than 10 acts divided into five main parts took center stage.   The well-directed play replete with sound effects, wireless microphones, lights, a smoke machine, and different backgrounds provided the necessary conditions for fabulous performances from over a dozen actresses. Of noteworthy mention, many spectators commented that the costumes used by the actresses were elegant and really contributed to a unique experience.   At the end of the play, a short video was shown that contained all of the cast and the directing team members as a grand gesture of appreciation. The play inspired the students to continue similar performances in the future.  Date: 4/10/2019 Source: English Club
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Idea X Program

  The women's English Club of the Faculty of Languages and Translation and the Deanship of Student Affairs held a program titled 'Idea X'. Idea X is a program designed to provide a platform for motivational speeches with inspiring lessons. Assistant Dean, Dr. Suaad Al-Qahtani, did exactly that on Wednesday, February 20th from 9:00 to 12:00 in the theatre of the Science College. Assistant Dean Al-Qahtani explained that thoughts impact what we manifest in our daily lives. Those thoughts, she related, begin with words. After, a series of inspirational speeches were delivered by teachers and students to a sizeable audience of around 50.   At the end of the program, certificates were awarded to the top students in their classes as a gesture of encouragement. Date: 4/10/2019 Source: English Club
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The English Club: Supporting Learning, Supporting the Community, and Responding to International Crisis

Introduction The English Club is sponsored by the Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT), and operated under the guidance of one faculty director and one student leader. The English Club has three primary objectives: English language skills development, community service and supporting higher education.   Recently, the English Club has been extremely active and busy. Due to the sheer volume, scope and variety of worthwhile club events, the English Club news is published in aggregate fashion as follows: Team Up to Clean Up and Green Up Club members conducted a volunteer clean-up day in a public park nestled in the Al-Souda mountains. For several hours the volunteers picked up trash and debris in order to beautify the park. The participants also learned about the benefits of recycling and litter-free environments. Local community members were thrilled with the results, and hope to join the English Club with additional volunteers for future clean-up days. Expanding this program will lead to the beautification of more areas and increased public environmental awareness. School Children Get a Glimpse of University Life One English Club priority is promoting higher education, and it's always helpful to start early. The club, led by director Faisal Alfadhil, recently hosted classes from the Al-Andalus Elementary School and Excellent Education Schools from Abha. Each class toured the university facilities and had the opportunity to speak with university students, faculty members and staff. The grade school students had a lot of fun seeing the university and asking questions.   The purpose of hosting these visits is to show children that universities are safe, supportive and welcoming places. When they reach young adulthood, they may not remember the details of their visit to KKU. But they will likely recall that visiting the university was a positive experience. This will encourage young adults to pursue advanced education once they graduate high school. Electronic Gaming Competition - An Outlet for Stress For several weeks members of the English Club sponsored an electronic gaming competition. The selected game was FIFA 19. More than 60 FLT students competed in the event. After much fierce but friendly competition, FLT student Mohammed Dhafer took first place. The purposes of the event were to give the students a stress relieving break from their rigorous academic obligations, and to promote good sportsmanship. Everyone had a fine time and congratulated Mohammed Dhafer on his hard-won victory. Weekly Coffee Talk at the LEP The English Club established a standing program titled 'Coffee Talk'. Each Wednesday the Club hosts a gathering in the LEP. The purposes of this program are to help students improve their language skills through informal conversations, and short faculty presentations on a variety of language learning topics. These gatherings are also an opportunity for students to socialize and exchange ideas.   Coffee Talk is every Wednesday at noon in the LEP (room A/3/1) at the end of the hall of FLT classrooms. All students are welcome. Refreshments are available. English Club Closing Ceremony for Spring 2019 The English Club has been very busy this Spring. As the semester winds down, the club members took a few moments to look back and reflect upon all of the events and activities conducted during the school year. Therefore, the English Club hosted a year-end review meeting last week.   FLT Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi sponsored the event, with English Club Director Faisal Alfadhil and Student Body English Club President Abdulaziz Dahlan serving as master of ceremonies. In his opening remarks, Dean Al-Melhi commended the English Club members and the club director for all of their hard work. 'Naturally, the English Club helps current FLT students improve their language skills, which is inherently valuable. As highly noteworthy additional benefits, the club serves the community, promotes good citizenship and encourages higher education to young people. We hope to expand the English Club membership to include more of our students and increase community outreach efforts' he said. The Dean further explained that extracurricular activity involvement teaches students to manage their time and broadens their university experience.   The English Club presented a video montage chronicling many of the events that occurred over the last few months. Subsequently, there was an awards ceremony recognizing numerous faculty members who participated in various English Club functions. Current club director Faisal Alfadhil thanked former club director Khalid Al-Qasemi for all of his foundational work with the English Club, and for ensuring a smooth transfer of leadership responsibilities. English Club Answers the Call in Time of Crisis The English Club took on an unplanned community service project in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacres. Due to this most unfortunate event, there is a shortage of Holy Qurans and other Islamic material in the nation of New Zealand. The English Club has answered the call to help remedy this situation.   The club is working with the Mada Program to collect and transport Holy Qurans, books and related materials to mosques and religious centers on the remote island nation. Electronic Dawah Project (EDPr) Director and former FLT Dean, Dr. Abdullah Abu Eshy, said he knew he could count on KKU and the FLT to help. 'We cannot undo this tragedy, but we will do everything in our power to provide aid and comfort to the families and communities suffering in the aftermath. I am proud of the English Club members for volunteering in this time of need. Their efforts are critical. Our wounded brothers and sisters are far away, but they are not alone' he said. Prof. Abdallah Hady Al-Kahtany, former Dean of Faculty Affairs, explained that the purpose of the volunteer project was to provide books to those who wish to discover and learn about Islam from authentic sources. 'I am happy these young men came out tonight for a noble cause. Our work does not stop here. We will respond to all requests that come our way and play our part in helping to spread the correct message of Islam', said Prof. Al-Kahtany. Conclusion The English Club thanks all of its members for a highly productive year. The club also thanks Dean Al-Melhi, Vice Dean, Dr. Yahya Asiri, and Chairman, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, for their continuing patronage and guidance. The university and the FLT are committed to continuous improvement in academics and ever-expanding social outreach programs. The English Club is an effective means of fulfilling these objectives. The club has an open invitation to students who would like to join and participate in this worthwhile venture. Date: 3/22/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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Literary Learning Looms Large at the FLT

  This past Sunday Dr. Mahmoud Radwan conducted a workshop titled 'Approaches to Literary Studies' for students of the Faculty of Languages and Translation. The English Club sponsored the event, and more than 200 students and faculty members attended.   The workshop covered a variety of topics. First, Dr. Radwan defined literature and distinguished literary works from other forms of writing. Next, he discussed the importance of creativity and imagination in developing literary writers. Dr. Radwan then reviewed the three major forms of literature (poetry, drama and prose), and the elements of literary works. Later he recounted the major historical developments in English literature.   Finally, Dr. Radwan discussed in detail the benefits of both reading and writing literature. Literature offers readers alternative perspectives and encourages critical thinking. Literary works from varying places and past times enhance readers' understanding of other people and cultures. Much of literature provides valuable insight into the human condition. It is worth noting that exposure to literature can greatly enhance a person's writing skills.   The workshop participants benefited greatly from Dr. Radwan's presentation. Many students were inspired to utilize their innate talents and capabilities to write literature of their own. While literature classes encourage student creativity, these special workshops reinforce classroom learning and enhance students' personal development. Students also received words of encouragement and examples of inspiration when Dr. Radwan referred to the most prominent figures in Arab literature. Examples of such writers include Nguib Mahfouz (Egyptian), Radwa Ashour (Egyptian), Ghazi Al Gosaibi (Saudi), Abdou Khal (Saudi), Abdelfattah Kilito (Moroccan), Ibrahim Al-Kuni (Libya), and Amir Tag Elsir (Sudan). The English Club is proud to sponsor this and other events for the student body. Each attendee at Dr. Radwan’s presentation will receive a certificate.   The FLT fully supports the creative literary arts. In a world increasingly focused on technology and technical prowess, people often overlook the inherent value in literature. The department is committed to preserving society's appreciation for great writing and contributing to the ever-expanding body of literary works. Date: 3/12/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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English Club Hosts Social Gathering

  The English Club recently sponsored a social gathering at the Al-Lasan Campus which was open to all students and faculty members. Student activities director Faisal Alfadhil explained that he planned the gathering to serve a variety of important purposes. First, the event was to strengthen the relationships between students and faculty members. Also, the gathering helped further develop positive relationships among the students, and encourage their participation in future departmental and university-wide activities. Third, the event provided students in the department an opportunity to practice English. 'It is beneficial for language learners to practice the target language in a natural, informal setting' said Director Alfadhil. Finally, the festivities allowed the students time to unwind after the mid-term exam period, and gave them a chance to have some collegial fun.   The evening was busy with many activities. First, there was a series of 5-on-5 football matches. After each match, the prevailing team retained the field to face a new challenger. The football competitions were friendly, but fierce. Every team performed well, and each player exhibited gentlemanly sportsmanship. After a short rest period, everyone prayed en masse.   Next, the Spelling Bee competition commenced to the great excitement of the participants and the audience. Seasoned teacher and word-master Hassan Costello directed the Spelling Bee, assisted by Director Alfadhil keeping score, and English Club President, Abdulaziz Dahlan, monitoring the timer. After several rounds of excellent performance, the first-place finish came down to a ‘sudden death spell-off’ between senior students Fawaz Al-Qahatani and Saud Al-Shahrani. Many of the words used in the competition contained reverse ordered, double vowels which are notoriously difficult to spell even for native English speakers.   After a lively exchange of spelling efforts, Fawaz ultimately prevailed taking first prize with Saud as a most worthy runner up. Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Yahya Asiri, presented the Spelling Bee awards. The top finishers received 100 SAR and 50 SAR Jarir Bookstore gift certificates for first and second place respectively. Many of the students who watched the competition expressed interest in participating in future spelling bees.   After the Spelling Bee, the department hosted an open forum discussion. All students and faculty members were allowed and encouraged to raise issues about the FLT department operations. Everyone was free to discuss issues, problems, suggested improvements and the like. The purpose of the form was to get honest feedback from stakeholders. This is an essential component of the FLT's commitment to continuous improvement. Among the topics discussed was the need for greater informal student-teacher engagement. The consensus was that additional social gatherings would greatly help to advance the goal of reinforcing relationships.   Vice Dean Asiri, Chairman, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, Academic Development Unit Head, Dr. Abdulrahman Almosa, Academic Guidance and Counseling Unit Head, Dr. Dawood Mahdi, and Dr. Saeed Al-Surf all spoke to the students. While their remarks varied, the theme was the same. The faculty and staff are there to help the students succeed in their academic and subsequent careers. In his address to the students, Vice Dean Asiri eloquently summarized the faculty adjurations in saying:   'Educating the next generation of leaders is a critical duty. Helping all of you become consummate professionals and upstanding citizens is our mission. Our nation’s future depends upon your drive, abilities, and integrity. The college experience involves many challenges, hardships, and frustrations. We encourage you to embrace every difficulty as an essential part of learning and a building block for your ultimate success'.   The faculty expressed optimism about student attitudes towards education and their apparent eagerness to make the most of their time at the university.   After prayer, the attendees enjoyed a delicious meal. The dinner conversation was lively and convivial. The discussions continued well into the evening, and a fine time was had by all. This social gathering is indicative of FLT's commitment to the students and higher education. Date: 3/9/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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Linguistics Hour: The Art & Science of Translation

  On Wednesday, the English Club held its 4th lecture of the Spring semester. The guest speaker was Faculty of Languages and Translation Asst. Professor Dawood Mahdi. Dr. Mahdi is also the Head of the Academic Guidance and Counseling Unit. The subject of the well-attended event was the art and science of translation.   First, Dr. Mahdi explained many of the misconceptions about the disciplines of translation and interpreting languages. He noted that many people believe that translation is merely converting individual words from one language to another. 'Languages have diverse structures and conventions. Interchanging literal meanings of words between languages is not a method for effective communication' said Dr. Mahdi. He further noted that languages are rich in idioms, metaphors, and figures of speech. In these cases, literal translations simply do not work. Similarly, in many languages, individual words have multiple meanings. Therefore, rudimentary translation will often be in error.   Dr. Mahdi also reviewed some less common misconceptions about translation and interpreting. Some people believe that any bi-lingual person can translate/interpret the two languages. Dr. Mahdi explained that translation is a specialized discipline that requires advanced training and practice. He also explained that there are sub-specialties even for those who are skilled general translators. For example, translating in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, etc. require specialized knowledge of those fields. Another misconception is that translating and interpreting are the same. Dr. Mahdi noted that interpreting requires the language specialist to work in real time, which is extremely difficult even for those fluent in the languages. Finally, he noted that some people erroneously believe that translators do not need dictionaries or other reference material. 'Reference materials are the tools of the trade for professional translators' said Dr. Mahdi.   Later in the program, Dr. Mahdi told the students that which is required to be a successful translator/interpreter. 'First and foremost one needs to be fully committed to the target languages' he said. Translation also requires intensive training and many hours of consistently practicing the craft. Dr. Mahdi also stressed that translators must be scrupulously committed to accuracy and approach the profession with honesty and integrity.   In response to a question by a Level 1 student, Dr. Mahdi discussed the FLT general course progression. He explained that our BA program focuses on the major skills in the first 4 levels, then moves to three fields; namely, Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, Literature and Translation.   The attendees thanked Dr. Mahdi for his enlightening and informative presentation. Date: 2/26/2019 Source: Dr. Charles Forman
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Linguistics Hour: Making Successful Students

  On the 19th of February, the English Club conducted another student workshop. The guest speaker was Mohammed Al Fuad. The topic was 'Becoming an Exceptional Student'. At the outset, Mr. Fuad told the students that they are all so fortunate for their opportunity to study at King Khalid University. He encouraged students to go after their dreams. Mr. Fuad reminded the students to see opportunities in setbacks and to follow their own path to success.   Mr. Fuad then said that the title 'Student' is in no way trivial. Everybody in attendance agreed that being a student is difficult. Burdensome course loads, complex material and never-ending exams challenge each pupil. Mr. Fuad noted that being a serious student requires hard work and dedication. He explained that consistency is key. 'Good habits make for good students. Plan your work and study times, and then stick to those plans' he stated.   The faculty are there to both teach and guide the students towards academic and career success. However, each student is responsible for his own path and the consequences of his actions. 'The teacher will help navigate, but the student is the driver' he noted. In sum, each student is ultimately the master of his own education.   Mr. Fuad asked the participants to serve as role models. Not every student is well motivated and dedicated to academic success. Mr. Fuad told the group 'It is your duty to try and help those students who suffer a motivational deficit. Do whatever you can to help them see the light'. He further explained that a successful academic career will help make them successful men'. Finally, Mr. Fuad gave examples of past university students who overcame adversities and succeeded in school and in their careers. Date: 2/19/2019 Source: Dr. Charles Forman
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Linguistics Hour: Focus on Writing Systems

  On February 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 'Linguistics Hour'. The English Club 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.   The speaker at the event was Faculty of Languages & Translation lecturer Faisal Alfadhil. Mr. Alfadhil has a close connection with the students in the department. After earning his master's degree at Florida Atlantic University, Mr. Alfadhil returned to the department as a lecturer and was recently appointed to the position of Director of Student Activities. Many of our students eagerly attended this presentation by our youthful, new colleague.   Director Alfadhil's presentation focused on writing systems. He began by exploring the historical origins and forms of written language in the context of an extension of spoken expression. He then reviewed the means by which orthography slowly developed over millennia and tracked these improvements through the modern era. He then explained how written language is one of humanity's most remarkable achievements, which has profoundly impacted almost every aspect of nearly every society on the planet. In the early days of human society, man was entirely dependent upon oral traditions. Written language allowed humans to create permanent records of useful information and sage advice for future generations. Historical, technical and philosophical information could be passed down without the inherent vagaries of centuries of oral storytelling. While early man's motivations to write are unclear, the importance of written language for society simply cannot be overstated.   Director Alfadhil then held a lively Q&A covering a variety of issues pertinent to writing and written language. Of particular interest was the discussion about 'Abjad' languages -- that is language containing only consonants and no vowels. Abjad languages (including Arabic) are very different from those that include vowels. Despite the fundamental difference, empirical evidence indicates that both types of languages are equally effective in all aspects of communication.    At the conclusion of Linguistics Hour, Director Alfadhil thanked all of the students and staff who participated. He further noted that 'Writing well will certainly help you succeed in your personal and professional endeavors. But also remember that writing is a precious gift from our ancestors. By writing you uphold a vital, centuries-old tradition of preserving records for those yet unborn'. Date: 2/12/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Source: Ayman Al-Faifi
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Linguistics Hour: Focus on Writing Fundamentals

  On February 5th, 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 'Linguistics Hour'. The English 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.   The featured speaker at Linguistics Hour was Khalid Al-Qasemi, lecturer. Al-Qasemi recently earned his master’s degree in California, USA and is a recently promoted faculty member. He also served as the Director of Student Activities last semester. Given his educational background and close connection with the students, more than 30 attendees participated.   Al-Qasemi stressed the importance of good writing and reviewed the fundamentals of quality authorship. He covered the four basic requirements for proper writing: Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation. He also explained that writing is like construction. That is, one begins a building block at a time. 'Words become sentences. Sentences turn into paragraphs. Paragraphs eventually become essays, articles, or books. That is the ultimate strategy for the complete expression of ideas', he said.   At the conclusion of Linguistics Hour, Al-Qasemi thanked all of the students and staff who participated, urging all students to work diligently to improve their writing skills. 'Although writing is difficult, good writers are valued and respected in all professions. The best way to improve your writing is to practice, and it is worth all of the effort', he said. He then encouraged all students to return to the next Linguistics Hour. Date: 2/5/2019 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Source: Abdulelah Dhafer (Level 1 Student) & Saad Al-Shahrani (Level 4 Student)
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