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LinkedIn Learning: Helping Students Land a Job or Internship

  On February 26, 2020, Alumni Unit Coordinator, Mohsin Khan, delivered a workshop titled 'LinkedIn Learning'. The workshop, under the supervision of Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, Dr. Abdulrahman Almosa, was developed to address the main problem – lack of knowledge. Not enough students know about the availability of LinkedIn Learning, and it could be advertised to the student population more. To combat this, Mr. Khan explained that the first step is increasing awareness of how to create a LinkedIn account and how to use LinkedIn learning. Members of the FLT staff and a group of students attended the workshop.   As LinkedIn Learning now offers 13,000 online courses, Mr. Khan framed the workshop on courses of interest to our students and faculty. He started off by explaining that LinkedIn Learning is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider similar to KKUx or Coursera and that there is an option to create and save lists of courses. After showing workshop participants how to register, navigate, and access from any desktop or mobile device, Mr. Khan provided the key pointers of LinkedIn Learning as follows:   Unlimited access to video tutorials; Personalized recommendations on the most in-demand skills based on preferences; Helpful resources like quizzes and exercises.   Vice Dean Almosa said that both faculty and staff should take advantage of all resources available to them, explaining that the Alumni Unit at the Faculty of Languages and Translation aims to drive adoption of LinkedIn Learning as a tool for professional development, which is free of charge to Bachelor of Arts in English program students.   Mr. Khan closed out the workshop by explaining the "badging" feature. "LinkedIn Learning is connected to your LinkedIn account. I encourage you to open an account today and register for a course. Badges will be added to your profile when you complete a course. Think of the badges as credentials for your skills, which will help you find a job or internship," he concluded. Date: 2/26/2020 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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LinkedIn Learning Workshop

نظمت وحدة الخريجات بكلية اللغات والترجمة ورشة عمل بعنوان LinkedIn Learning يوم الخميس الموافق 26/6/1441. قدمتها  منسقة اللينكد ان بكلية اللغات و الترجمة د. أمل متولي بحضور و مشاركة منسقة اللينكد ان بالجامعة أ. فاطمة عسيري. وقد بدأت الدكتورة امل متولي باستعراض معلومات عن لينكندان ومبادرة الدورات التدريبية المتاحة على الموقع وتناولت بعض المزايا التي يقدمها الموقع للمستخدمين ومنها احتواء الموقع على دورات تدريبية ذات مستويات مختلفة  تتعدى ٩٠٠٠ دورة تدريبية  وتشمل مهارات متعددة منها اللغة والمهارات الشخصية وإدارة الأعمال والتكنولوجيا  كما قامت  باستعراض بعض الأسئلة الأكثر شيوعا عن الموقع وقدمت إجابات عنها وفي الجزء الثاني من ورشة العمل قامت الأستاذة فاطمة العسيري  منسقة البرنامج على مستوى جامعة الملك خالد باستعراض المبادرة التي تقدمها الجامعة للطلاب والطالبات وأعضاء وعضوات هيئة التدريس حيث توفر الجامعة هذه الدورات التدريبية المتاحة على موقع لينكد ان عن بعد خلال عام ٢٠٢٠ وكيفية  تسجيل الطالبات والعضوات وتفعيل الحسابات للاستفادة من المحتوى الذي تقدمه هذه الدورات التدريبية.  كما استعرضت كيفية أنشاء حساب بالبريد الإلكتروني الجامعي وحفظ الدورات التدريبية على صفحة الموقع للرجوع اليها والاستفادة منها.  وقد تفاعلت المشاركات خلال ورشة العمل واستقبلت منسقة كلية اللغات والترجمة المزيد من الرغبات في المشاركة في المبادرة بمجرد انتهاء ورشة العمل مما يعكس اهتمام الطالبات بتطوير مهاراتهم والاستعداد لسوق العمل.
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دورة بعنوان كيف تطور لغتك الانجليزية

أقام نادي اللغة الانجليزية بكلية اللغات والترجمة دورة بعنوان "كيف تطور لغتك الانجليزية" يوم السبت ٢٨/٦/١٤٤١ في الوقت ٤:٠٠ - ٦:٠٠م في المدرجات المركزية بجامعة الملك خالد.   وفي التفاصيل ، فقد أقام نادي اللغة الانجليزية بكلية اللغات والترجمة دورة أتيحت لجميع طلاب جامعة الملك خالد بعنوان "كيف تطور لغتك الانجليزية" قدمها رائد النشاط الطلابي بالكلية الأستاذ/ خالد بن سلمان القاسمي يوم السبت الموافق ٢٨/٦/١٤٤١  في المدرج رقم ه في المدرجات المركزية ، وذلك بالشراكة مع وحدة التوجيه والإرشاد ووحدة التطوير والجودة بالكلية ومع نادي مهارة المركزي. وقد حضر الدورة أكثر من ٥٠ طالب من مختلف الكليات بجامعة الملك خالد ، وقد تم بث الدورة على حساب النادي بتويتر.
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Simultaneous Interpreting

  On February 19, 2020, there was a presentation titled 'Simultaneous Interpreting' by two Master of Arts in Translation program students named Wafa Al-Qahtani and Raneem Riadh at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center.   Wafa and Raneem first defined 'Interpreting', followed by a detailed explanation of three modes of interpretation. "Interpreting is the transfer of one spoken or signed language into another", said the presenters. They went on further to say that it was IMMEDIACY rather than ORALITY that set 'interpreting' apart from 'translation' because orality usually EXCLUDES 'signed language'.   Simultaneous Interpretation (SI), they said, is the one in which the interpreter listens and renders the entire message in the target language at the same time the speaker is talking. They also talked about some more interesting sub-types of interpretation, such as chuchotage, bidule, bimodal interpreting, and so on. They shed light on the fact that the goal for simultaneous interpreting is NOT to paraphrase but to convey the exact message uttered in the source language.   Wafa and Raneem then talked about how SI originated, and how it is the mode officially adopted at large global organizations like the UN, EU, etc. They stated the working environment for simultaneous interpreters. In a sound-proof booth with direct view onto the conference room, the interpreter listens to a speaker through earphones and simultaneously transmits the message in another language through a microphone to the listeners' room, they added.   Wafa and Raneem, while explaining its salient features, talked about how it saves time and ensures continuity with less distraction and more concentration. They brought to light the skills a simultaneous interpreter must possess, i.e., amazing language skills, specialized knowledge, and cultural competence.   Décalage, EVS (lag time) and Word Order, the main focus of attention of the seminar, were dealt with separately, saying defining the former as the period of time between the source text input and the interpreter's target text. One important issue is that the interpreter has to make a decision on the size of units or chunks he deems suitable to form a meaningful unit to start with, when to start, when to chunk, when to wait or stall and when to start again. In relation to word order as a critical issue in simultaneous interpreting, they said, "Awkward word order is ubiquitous. The Europeans' focus of interest has been on the difficulty of putting German, Russian, Chinese or Japanese into English or French. In these source languages, a verb or predicate which are traditionally seen as the heart of the sentence's meaning and usually come early in English, may be delayed until the end". They brought this issue to Arabic. Arabic deploying VSO order is considered very hard to be interpreted alongside English. Translating an English noun phrase with one noun preceded by 5 or more adjectives into Arabic must start with the noun first and then it lists the adjectives. This poses a challenge and the interpreter's memory is the yardstick on which SI success depends. The example is elucidated by a native, shady, ornamental, high, massive, mature, mighty tree.   The seminar was informative, interactive, and an overall success. The faculty members and the MA students at the Graigor campus also participated in the seminar. Concluding the seminar, Language Research Center Director, Dr. Ismail Alrefaai, thanked the participants and encouraged all other MA students to participate and follow suit. Dr. Eyhab Bader Eddin, swelling with great pride, thanked them for their resourceful content, and for their stamina and courage to have taken to the stage. Date: 2/20/2020 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique
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General Introduction to Academic Writing

  On February 17, 2020, the Women's Scientific Research Committee of the Bachelor of Arts in English program organized the first session of the Academic Writing series of Workshops by Department of English Supervisor, Dr. Nada Alqarni.   "Effective academic writing depends on interactional elements which supplement propositional information in the text and alert readers to the writer's opinion," said Dr. Alqarni.   She explained the importance of employing hedging, whose job is to make things fuzzier, implying that the writer is less than fully committed to the certainty of the referential information given. She further illustrated that hedging can be expressed through the use of a variety of structures. Additionally, she explained when to use hedges, emphasizing that their appropriate use is central to developing an academic, communicative competence as it assists the writers in establishing "a relationship with the reader and with the authorities in the field."   Following this introductory section, Dr. Alqarni moved to explain the parts of the academic research paper. The introduction, the purpose of introduction and common mistakes that the authors should steer clear of in writing the introduction as well as the main parts in the introduction were the main ideas covered in the second section. She emphasized that in the introduction authors should establish why the topic is important, outline the past-present history of the study of the topic, indicate the gap in knowledge and possible limitations, state the aim of the paper and its contribution, explain the key terminology in the field of the study and how the terminology and acronyms are used in the paper, and indicate the structure of paper - what is and is not included.   The workshop included practice on the three main parts of an introduction (i.e., the general research area, the gap in the literature and the purpose of the research paper). The workshop was a big success, and it was attended by many graduate students, staff members and scientific research committee members.   Of noteworthy mention, the series of academic writing workshops consists of seven sessions on Mondays 17 Feb to 30 March 2020 at 9:00 am at the Faculty of Languages and Translation, King Abdullah Road Campus. Date: 2/20/2020 Source: Dr. Amal Metwally – Scientific Research Committee Coordinator
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Online Research Tools: Discussion and Tips

  On February 17, 2020, two Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics program students, Alaa Alshehri and Fatimah Abdulaziz delivered a presentation entitled 'Online Research Tools: Discussion and Tips' at a seminar organized by the Scientific Research Committee - Women’s section. The seminar was attended by current MA students and research committee members.   The presentation discussed several useful websites that help researchers to review citations, check grammar mistakes, and check plagiarism. The presenters shared their experience by raising the importance of the English Club in improving students' speaking skills. Alaa and Fatimah suggested that MA students should have their own reading library, which contains articles in their field of research. The presenters appreciated the effort of their professors in effectively helping them and other students during their MA studies and encouraged students to seek their professors' help and discuss any issues that they face during the course of their research.   At the end of the presentation, Alaa and Fatimah advised students to be patient and ambitious toward their goal. They talked about the time when they were stressed during their MA journey, noting that intrinsic motivation is key to student achievement. Date: 2/17/2020 Source: Banan Hassan Alhajaji, Member, Scientific Research Committee
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أعمال تطوعية لنادي اللغة الانجليزية: بناء ٥٠ بيت للطيور وغرس ٥٠ شتلة من السدر

أقام نادي اللغة الإنجليزية بكلية اللغات والترجمة عملا تطوعيا استمر لمدة ثلاثة أيام تشارك فيه مع النادي التطوعي بجامعة الملك خالد ومع وزارة البيئة والمياه والزراعة.  وفي التفاصيل، فقد قام نادي اللغة الإنجليزية بكلية اللغات والترجمة ضمن أنشطته الطلابية بعمل تطوعي بدأ يوم الخميس الموافق 19/6/1441هـ واستمر لمدة ثلاثة أيام بمعدل ثلاث ساعات يوميا، وذلك بتعليق 50 بيت للطيور على الأشجار وبغرس 50 شتلة من نبات السدر في منتزه دلغان وهو أحد منتزهات منطقة عسير.  وقد تم هذا العمل التطوعي بالشراكة مع النادي التطوعي بجامعة الملك خالد بريادة الأستاذ/ ياسر السالمي وبالتعاون مع وزارة البيئة والمياه والزراعة وبحضور سعادة مدير إدارة منتزهات منطقة عسير المهندس/ مريح الشهراني.  وقد جاء هذا العمل تحقيقا لشعار فريق العمل التطوعي بنادي اللغة الإنجليزية أثر يبقى.
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15th E-Learning Awareness Campaign

  Under the patronage of Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, Dean, and the supervision of Dr. Abdulrahman Almosa, Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, the E-Learning Unit of the Bachelor of Arts in English program organized the 15th E-Learning Awareness Campaign for new students of English Department from Sunday, February 9, 2020, to Thursday, February 13, 2020.   Vice Dean Almosa appreciated the efforts of the E-Learning Unit for organizing the campaign and encouraged students to actively participate in such activities.   Mohsin Raza Khan, FLT E-Learning Unit Supervisor, said that the aim of the awareness campaign was to make new students aware of the necessity and effective use of the King Khalid University E-Learning learning management system (Blackboard).   During the campaign, the E-Learning Unit contacted students in their respective classrooms and imparted Blackboard training. Students were exposed to important Blackboard tools - Announcement, Lectures, Assignment & Tests, Discussion, Blog, Wikis, Course Message, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Blackboard Collaborate, and were given extensive training on using these tools.   Students enthusiastically participated in the campaign. Date: 2/17/2020 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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Creating Future Leaders by Teachers as Core Professionals

  Ms. Sharmin Siddiqui and Ms. Sufia Sultana delivered a presentation titled Creating Future Leaders by Teachers as Core Professionals at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center on February 12, 2020. Their presentation emphasized the importance of building leadership among teachers and transferring leadership attributes to students of the Bachelor of Arts in English program.   The session began with a lead-in task in which the participants were asked to write names of their high school teachers. Ms. Siddiqui and Ms. Sultana focused on the fact that the teachers who had created a positive impression among their students were in general well remembered.   They pointed up leadership among teachers by quoting Richard Dufour who termed teaching profession as the creator of all other professions. They also quoted Wendell Willkie, J.F. Kennedy, Henry Adams and Alexander the Great while talking about the correlation between leadership and learning.   The main points Ms. Siddiqui and Ms. Sultana’s presentation covered were leadership qualities a teacher should possess, leadership styles, the demonstration of leadership in class, teaching leadership skills, and barriers to developing teacher leadership. They highlighted the combination of leadership qualities great teachers possess, and how they can train up the learners to achieve those leadership attributes that they can apply in their lives and profession.   The presentation was informative, interactive and a great success. It is worth mentioning that Graigor male campus also participated in the seminar through video conferencing.   Date: 2/15/2020 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique
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مبادرة كسوة الشتاء ضمن برنامج Volunteer work

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ولأننا نؤمن بأن العمل التطوعي من أهم أركان الحياة. فقد قام نادي { The English club } بكلية { اللغات والترجمة }  شطر الطالبات ، بالتعاون مع وكالة عمادة شؤون الطلاب لشؤون الطالبات، بافتتاح الفصل الدراسي الجديد بمبادرة تطوعية " كسوة الشتاء" من ضمن برنامج Volunteer Work.  حيث أُقيمت الفعالية يوم الاثنين ١٦ جمادى الثاني لعام ١٤٤١ هـ.  بِدءًا من الساعة التاسعة إلى الحادية عشر صباحًا. أمام مدخل قسم اللغة الإنجليزية . -حيثُ قام النادي بتنسيق من عضوات النشاط بتجهيز وتغليف حقائب تحتوي على ( وشاح، قفازات، بيجامة، وكنزة دافئة) وعبارات مترجمة لعدة لغات. بحيث يكون دور النادي تجهيز الحقائب وعلى الحضور أخذ حقيبة وتسليمها لشخص محتاج سواء داخل أو خارج الجامعة، وذلك لتحفيز المسؤولية الاجتماعية وتقاسم الأجر بين المنظمات والحضور. تكللت المبادرة بالنجاح وبحضور ٥٨ طالبة وعددًا من أعضاء هيئة التدريس والموظفات وعاملات النظافة. رائدة النادي : أ / مرام المالكي , رئيسة النادي : سهام العبدلي ,
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