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Fall Semester Comes to a Close

The Faculty of Languages and Translation's Fall 2018 semester is officially closed. This first half of the school year has been marked with considerable successes and improvements in the college.   The college has made great strides in foundational quality improvements. Several course specifications in the department, syllabi, and student learning outcomes have been updated. Also, course specifications in the English Language Center have been modified in cooperation with the relevant colleges served by the English Language Center. These changes were implemented to improve the student experience and enhance the educational value for their future academic and career endeavors. In addition, measurement and evaluation tools for all courses have been implemented pursuant to the highest standards of leading universities throughout the world. Our international cooperation efforts have been expanded as evidenced by the continuing negotiations for a major joint venture with the University of Swansea led by Vice Dean, Dr. Yahya Asiri. 'The Faculty of Languages and Translation is committed to continuous improvement in all programs', said Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi.   The Faculty of Languages and Translation has realized many process improvements concerning examinations within the department and the English Language Center. The Exam Committee has put a great emphasis on maintaining test integrity and security. There are strict quality control guidelines to ensure that all examinations are consistent, thorough, and fair to the students. An emphasis on test security has greatly reduced incidents of cheating and accidental disclosure of testing material. In addition, the examination process went very smoothly at the end of the semester. Vice Dean Asiri said 'I thank the Exam Committee and all of our faculty for their hard work and emphasis on making the final examinations secure, fair, and an accurate measure of student performance. It is a difficult undertaking, but all of our faculty members are committed and achieved excellent results'. Chairman, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, noted that this semester saw a reduction in cheating cases due to tighter process controls and faculty vigilance.   The Faculty of Languages and Translation is dedicated to continuous improvement in language education and the student experience. We are at the forefront of program and process evaluation and development. Despite these successes, we will not rest on our laurels. We look forward to even more improvements in the semesters to come.   All students, faculty, staff, and administrators have certainly earned and need time to rest. Everybody have a great week off! Date: 1/1/2019 Source: FLT Digital Ambassador
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Translator's Message Making Impact in Asir Region

Translator's Message is an initiative organized by Master degree students in Translation at the FLT female campus. It is an all-volunteer group, which is dedicated to providing in-demand translation services to the community. The participants' motivation is based on their deep passion for translation and commitment to civic improvement. They utilized this program to raise awareness of the importance of translation while simultaneously sharpening their translation skills in furtherance of their career aspirations. This program began under the tutelage of Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi, the first supporter and advocate for the initiative. The volunteer translators go to both public and private schools to support education and language translation. They are also planning to provide services to a variety of civic organizations such as public ministries, and those projects are currently in the planning stages. The team is working on standardization procedures. This will allow the volunteers to deliver translation services in a highly efficient manner. The aim is to utilize increased efficiency to expand into advanced assistive techniques such as videos, podcasts, electronic Q&A competitions, spelling bees, and bilingual referendums. The team is currently comprised of 11 valued members and growing as follows: Hanan Al-Shahrani (Founding Member); Afnan Yahya (Founding Member); Afrah Al-Jaber; Fayza Al-Ahmari; Ghada Asiri; Maryam Al-Shomrani; Noura Al-Hajla; Noura Al-Shehri; Rahma Al-Ahmari; Shyma'a Hassan; Wasayf Al-Qahtani. Since its founding, Translator's Message has engaged with the public in a variety of events and capacities such as the community service activity on October 18, 2018. Hanan Al- Shahrani, Maryam Al-Shomrani, and Fayza Al-Ahmari delivered a presentation on languages and translation at the Eltamiz Alebday Private School in Khamis Mushait. Al-Shahrani started the presentation by identifying the objectives and the vision of Translator's Message. Then, Al-Shomrani explained why the English language is both relevant and important in Saudi society. Al-Ahmari discussed common mistakes and misconceptions in translation. The team has engaged with the community on other occasions including: On the 30th of October, Noura Al-Shehri and Afrah Al-Jaber visited Zoabaan School for girls in Mohayil; On the 14th November, Rahma Al-Ahmari, Noura Al-Shehri, and Fayza Al-Ahmari visited Al-Abna School at King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait; On the 15th of November, Hanan Al-Shahrani, Maryam Al-Shomrani, and Wasayf Al-Qahtani visited Al-Oula High School in Khamis Mushait; On the 15th of November, Afnan Yahya, Shyma'a Hassan, and Ghada Asiri visited Al-Thamna High School; On the 22nd of November, Shayma'a Hasan visited Al-Thanya High School in Abha. Date: 11-27-2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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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
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New Faculty Member Meetup

The Faculty of Languages & Translation organized a meeting with new faculty members on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 12:00 pm in Room A/3/60. Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi welcomed all the new faculty members and spoke about the central role that they will have in the faculty. He went on to express his vision of the college as like a family of trusted colleagues that value each other as both competent professionals and as friends, who help and support each other every day. Dr. Yahya Asiri, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Languages & Translation, gave a detailed presentation explaining the rules, regulations, as well as the academic and administrative structure of the college and the university. Dr. Asiri highlighted the academic responsibilities of the faculty members. He also introduced the new faculty members to the Saudi culture. At the end, there was a Q/A session. Questions related to the English Department were answered by Dr. Munassir Alhamami, English Department Chair; research and e-learning issues were addressed by Dr. Ismail Al-Refaii, Language Research Center Director, and Mr. Mohsin Khan, E-Learning Unit Supervisor, respectively. Date: 10-26-2018 Source: Mohsin Khan
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13th Research Day Achieves 3rd Place

The 13th Annual Research Day was held on April 04, 2018 under the supervision of the Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, and the Director of the Language Research Center, Dr. Ismail Al-Refaai. This event successfully achieved 3rd place according to the evaluation made by the Deanship of Scientific Research, King Khalid University. This success was the result of dedicated efforts made by the members of the organizing committee led by Dr. Abdullah M. Al Melhi and Dr. Ismail Al-Refaai. The committee members included Erich Beer, Javed Ahmed, Mohammad Adil Siddique, Mohammad Sherajul Islam, Sayed Karim, Salahud Din Abdul Rab, and Shahrear Talukder from the male campus. From the female campus, Amal Abdelsattar Metwally and Ivy Sultana exceptionally organized and coordinated the event. In total, there were 17 oral presentations and 10 poster displays. Date: 4/27/18 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique & Salahud Din Abdul Rab
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FLT Bids Farewell to Departing Faculty

On April 25, 2018, the Department of English at the Faculty of Languages and Translation organized a farewell party in honor of the faculty members who are leaving. The ceremony began with a welcome speech by Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Translation. He praised all the departing faculty members who had made a substantial contribution to the college with their sincerity and dedication. Dr. Al-Melhi expressed his mixed feeling of sadness and happiness. “Though we are sad, at the same time we are happy that you will be meeting your original family. You will reunite with your family, which is very important,” said Dr. Al-Melhi while encouraging the departing faculty members. He emphasized that change is part of life and opens up new opportunities and possibilities. The college, Dr. Al-Melhi said, would always remember them for the profound impact they made. One of the departing faculty members, Mr. Muhammad Saiful Islam, later delivered a speech on behalf of the rest. He shared the pleasant memories associated with his teaching experience over the past ten years in the Faculty of Languages and Translation. He talked about the amazing teacher-student relationship at KKU and praised his Saudi colleagues as well as those of his and other nationalities. “Our Saudi faculty members here are amazing hosts, amazing people, very considerate, very kind. I always felt that I was staying in my own country,” said Mr. Islam. He thanked the college for accepting him and giving him the privilege to teach here. At the close of the ceremony, the faculty members who are leaving were honored with certificates. The departing faculty members were Dr. Mohammed Amin Mekheimer, Dr. Muhammad Gulfraz Abbasi, Dr. Haseeb Ahmed Abdul Majeed, Dr. Manoj Kumar Yadav, Mr. Muhammad Saiful Islam, Mr. Mohammad Sherajul Islam, Mr. Weatherford Braden Thomson, Mr. Shamsur Rab Khan, Mr. Rehan Khan, Mr. Md Shahrear Talukder, Mr. Matthew Paul and Mr. Gavin Phillip Louch. Date: 4/30/2018 Source: Mr. Mohammad Adil Siddique
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End of Year LRC Presentation and Certificate Award Ceremony

On April 25, 2018, the Language Research Center of King Khalid University organized a seminar that included a presentation by Dr. Mohammad Osman titled Humor is Mark Twain’s Fiction. Dr. Osman’s presentation highlighted the way humor was expressed in Mark Twain’s fiction. His presentation commenced with a brief introduction to the author with a Hemingway (1935) quote – “All modern American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” He stated the fact that Twain’s style had a profound impact on American literature. Dr. Osman also explained the difference between humor and satire. Humor, he said, provokes laughter and provides amusement. Satire, he added, ridicules vices, abuses, and highlights shortcomings through sarcasm. Twain’s humor was expressed through his hilarious characters, dialogs, events, and words he chose, said Dr. Osman. He concluded that Twain is usually remembered as perhaps the most celebrated writer in all of American Literature. That's how he was mainly valued in his day, and that's how he tends to be valued today as well. After the seminar, there was a Certificate Award Ceremony in which all the seminar presenters of the academic year 1438-39 were honored with certificates. Date: 4/26/2018 Source: Mr. Mohammad Adil Siddique
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English Language Teaching Difficulties

The Community Service and Continuing Education Deanship of King Khalid University has concluded a workshop with the College of Languages and Translation. The workshop was titled "English Language Teaching Difficulties" and was presented to the English teachers of in the Asir region. It is important to note that it was attended by more than 30 male teachers and 25 female teachers.   The symposium was presented by the Dean of the College of Languages and Translation, Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, Vice Dean, Dr. Ali Alamir, in addition to Dr. Ismail Al Refai, Prof. Al Habib Hussien Abdessalam, Prof. Salim bin Dawood, and Dr. Eyhab Badr Al Din. The participants thanked the College of Languages and Translation for this initiative, and they clarified that they are looking forward to more communication in a way that serves the educational process and teaching the English Language as well.  Date: Fall 2016 Source: King Khalid University, Media Center
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English Language Center Conducts Online Exams

Under the supervision of Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, Dean, Midterms and Final examinations of the English Language Center (ELC) for the First Semester 1435-36 were successfully conducted online via Blackboard. The tests of ENG 011, ENG 012 and ENG 015 took place in e-Learning Labs (A/1/72, A/1/74, A/1/75, A/1/76 & A/2/83). Approximately 2,000 students took the examination.   Dr. Ahmad Ismail Assiri, Vice Dean, expressed his satisfaction and gratitude towards the adopted pattern of online exams. Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi, Director of the English Language Center, extended his thanks to the E-Learning Deanship and its team for helping the center towards making the online exams a success. Mr. Al-Rezgi mentioned that the exam was a big challenge for the center because of the large number of students. He asserted that the security of the online exams and the reduction of use of unfair means were major concerns. To address these issues more than 85 sets of Listening, Reading & Grammar tests were administered.  As part of zero tolerance policy against “use of unfair means,” a total of 111 sets were made and deployed in ENG 011 course alone. Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, Supervisor of E-Learning Unit, employed the following strategies in the exam: The Firefox browser was used in Listening, Reading & Grammar exams The ELC Exam Committee prepared invigilator checklists and provided to invigilators Invigilators entered the exam passwords after students had opened their exam start page Double password policies were employed It is worth noting that all technical problems were reported and resolved by on-duty staff as per the agreed format. Mr. Khan also mentioned that E-Learning training workshops on online assessment were organized for students and new faculty members before the exam. Mr. Abdullah Zubain, E-Learning Specialist, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Faculty for adopting best practice security measures and conducting successful online exams. Special recognition for their efforts and outstanding teamwork goes to faculty members listed below. Mr. Javed Ahmed, General Coordinator of ELC Mr. Rizwan Ghani, Coordinator of ENG 011 Mr. Farouk Haji, Coordinator of ENG 015 Mr. Jahangir Alam, Coordinator of ENG 012 Mr. Salahuddin Abdulrab, Head of the ELC Examination Committee Dr. Mohammed Asif Ishfaq, Coordinator of Online Examinations Mr. Ahmed Sholan, In-Charge of E-Learning Lab All the faculty members of the ELC extended their full cooperation as invigilators to make online exams successful. They entered the passwords, guided the students on how to submit their tests, checked grades and collected feedback when needed. They did an excellent job of invigilation in the most demanding circumstances involving thousands of students from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi applauded the contribution of all coordinators and invigilators and thanked them for their hard work and commitment. Date: Spring 2015 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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