Dr. Mohammad Shuaib Asiri delivered a presentation titled Comparing Multiple Choice, Verb Conjugation, and Error Correction in Grammar ‎‎Assessment at a Language Research Center seminar held on October 24, 2018. His presentation was about his research in grammar assessment. Dr. Asiri first compared selected-response tasks with constructed task formats. He identified the negative outcomes of the former. In his research, he said, he had chosen three types of tasks used in grammar assessment: Multiple choice, verb conjugation, and error correction. His research questions were about task formats’ correlation with the measurement of grammatical ability, performance on task formats relationship with strategy use and their correlation with the elicitation of answer explanation. Dr. Asiri conducted his research on 106 intermediate-level students. He explained in detail the findings of his research questions. Dr. Asiri concluded that multiple choice tasks differ significantly from verb conjugation and error correction tasks in measuring grammatical ability in terms of whether they reflect learners’ ability to recognize a rule or produce something on their own. The use of strategies, he added, varies across three tasks mentioned above in terms of test management and test-wiseness. There is a positive correlation, he said, between the difficulty involved in tasks and answer explanation. He recommended there be more constructed tasks than selected-response ones so that proper learning takes place, and task formats, he emphasized, must be incorporated with language skills. The seminar was very interactive and an overall success. Date: 10/24/2018 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique
The Deanship of Student Affairs organized a visit to Eva's Art Event for students of the Faculty of Languages and Translation on Sunday, October 7th. They were introduced to artwork on display and learned about the support that this event provides to young and talented artists. The aim was to create awareness of art through a fun, exciting and hands-on learning environment. An art gallery containing over 100 pieces of local artists headlined the event. In addition, the photography section displayed numerous photos that evoked strong emotions. The event ended with a group discussion among the students and artists of the event. Date: 10/22/2018 Source: FLT Female Campus
The English Club at the Faculty of Languages and Translation, Female Campus, and the Area 39 Asir Female Toastmasters Club organized a program entitled قيادتي لذاتي on the 10th of October 2018. It was held in the Science College Theater from 10 to 12 o'clock. The assistant dean attended the event with some of the faculty members and students of the English department. The program included an explanation on how to become a member of Toastmasters International and the supportive learn-by-doing environment that it provides. Afterward, five speeches delivered by students in English and Arabic wowed the audience. At the end of the event, certificates were given to the members of the Toastmasters club who prepared this event. Date: 10/10/2018 Source: FLT Female Campus
The Female Campus Scientific Research Committee at the Faculty of Languages & Translation organized a program titled 'Exploring the World of Fiction' on October 17, 2018. It was the first program of the Scientific Research Committee for the 2018-19 Academic Year for students of all levels. In this program, upper-level students Ms. Abeer Abdulrahman Al-Asmary and Ms. Lama Hussein Saed Al-Shahrani introduced students to the world of literature. At first, they shared their experiences of exploring the world of fiction, and then the advantages/benefits of reading literary texts were highlighted. Additionally, visuals on the masterpieces of famous authors were displayed along with movies that are based on famous novels. This program aimed to encourage all the students - who are not yet familiar with English Literature - to familiarize themselves with the field from the very beginning of their academic career. It was emphasized that when learning the English language, reading will increase their receptive understanding of new items and it will stimulate the productive use of the target language. By reading a familiar genre in English literature like fiction, students were informed that it would help them improve their communication skills and learn from a new text. English Department Supervisor, Ms. Safiah Ali Asiri, presided over the program. Faculty members and students who attended this program were an inspiration to the presenters who enthusiastically conducted the program. Date: 10/17/2018 Correspondent: Ms. Shanjida Halim, Scientific Research Committee Member
The English Club at the Women's College of the Faculty of Languages and Translation held the 88th Saudi National Day celebration on the 26th of September under the supervision of Ms. Norah Alqahtani. The club helped to decorate the venue and kicked off the celebrations which started with the national anthem. The anthem was followed by a stirring recitation of the Holy Quran. After a welcoming speech presented by the students, Dr. Khlood Abu Melha gave her speech. A video titled “Saudi Arabia in the Eyes of Others” prepared by the Faculty of Languages and Translations was presented. The English Club also prepared a corner of the different cultures in Saudi Arabia and different meals and souvenirs from different parts of the country. Pictures of the martyred soldiers were shown to honor them on this special day. At the end of the celebration, and after the drawings and prizes presented by the Deanship of Student Affairs, Dr. Khlood Abu Melha, Dr. Hannan Alsaidi, and Dr. Fatima Shaaban engaged with the students in a lively question and answer session. Date: 10/11/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
A freshmen orientation was held in the Science College Theater on the 16th of September under the supervision of Academic Advisor, Ms. Sarah Alateeg, and Extracurricular Activities Coordinator, Ms. Norah Alqahtani. It began with a welcoming speech presented by Ms. Safiah Asiri on behalf of Dr. Salma Alqahtani. Alateeg then presented the list of student rights and duties. Following after, Ms. Aisha Nussir and Ms. Aisha Alvi explained the different facets and benefits of academia and blackboard. Students were then introduced to the Activities Club and planned events for the semester by Ms. Norah Alqahtani which concluded with a tour of the college and campus. Date: 10/11/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
Dr. Eyhab Bader Eddin delivered a presentation titled 'Multiplicity of Different English Functional Semantic Realizations of the Translation of the Arabic Preposition ب' at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on October 10, 2018. His presentation was about his research on a particular Arabic preposition, namely ب and its diversity of meaning when translated into English. The seminar, originally a published paper in a refereed specialized journal, throws a spotlight at an uncharted territory in the field of translation and grammatical analysis, taking the fact that the semantic functions of the preposition ب in Arabic have been the cynosure of all linguists’ and translators’ eyes for decades as the point of departure. The different realizations in English of the same preposition in Arabic are meant to enrich translators’ and linguists’ appreciation and critical understanding of the different semantic functions of the preposition ب. Failure to correctly understand the semantic functions inherent in the preposition ب in different contexts definitely washes away meaning, and causes translators to bog down in unanswered questions pertaining to the exact meaning intended. Dr. Bader Eddin first compared Arabic parts of speech with English ones. The English word class of ‘nouns’ covers in Arabic the word classes of nouns, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, he exemplified. Particles in Arabic, referred to as حروف, can be further divided into two types of particles, namely حروف مبنى (alphabetical letters) and حروف معنى (prepositions), he added. He went further to say that the tri-classification of Arabic parts of speech does not mean that English has more parts of speech than Arabic does. It is noticed that the semantic behavior, expressed by بـ in Arabic is richer than that in English, and thus cannot always be transferred through a one-to-one correspondence into English. The seemingly same ب in Arabic can be said to be an overloaded preposition in Arabic that no one particular preposition can be predicted in English. This linguistic phenomenon is context-bound in that the same preposition ب behaves semantically different, and thus cannot be dealt with according to watertight criteria predictably. In Arabic, particles are divided into ‘effective or operative’ and ‘passive’ عامل وعاطل. By the former, we mean that their occurrence before the noun it accompanies brings about what is grammatically known as ‘declension’ الإعراب. This means the last morpheme or inflection of the word carries a marker (diacritic mark) showing its grammatical case and category. Such particles, depending on what particles are used, may make the word they precede in the nominative, accusative, dative or apocope case, that is حالة الرفع أو النصب أو الجر أو الجزم respectively. Prepositions are considered one type of ‘effective or operative particles’ as they transform the noun following them into the dative case. Dr. Bader Eddin also explained in detail the various types of Arabic preposition ب their semantic functions and possible English realization. He particularly adduced evidence from the Holy Qur'an for this research out of the firm belief that the Holy Qur'an is the model of linguistic excellence whose style is described as ‘sui generis’. He highlighted the fact that one preposition in Arabic can be realized differently in English. His research, he believed, would enrich translators’ and linguists’ critical understanding of different semantic functions of the preposition. Some of the semantic functions carried by the preposition ب are ‘physical contact, instrument, transitivity, causal, substitution, oath administering, etc. A volley of questions were posed at the end, and answers were provided. You may have a look at the PowerPoint presentation by clicking here. It is worth mentioning that the King Abdullah Road campus attended the seminar online. The seminar was very informative and overall successful. Date: 10/10/2018 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique Multimedia Source: Mohammed Jabir
The E-Learning Unit of the faculty organized a Blackboard workshop for students of ENG 015 (Fully Online Course)  on  Monday, October 8, 2018, and Wednesday, October 10, 2018.   Delivered by Mr. Mohammad Taisir, ENG 015 Instructor, and assisted by FLT E-Learning Unit Supervisor, Mohsin Khan, the training session was a success drawing in a large number of students. Mr. Taisir exposed students to the course contents of the ENG 015 and pointed out the requirements of the course. He explained how students could explore the course materials and submit online assessments.   A wide range of topics were addressed in an effort to ensure students are prepared for the unique challenges of online learning. Date: 10/10/2018 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
An e-learning orientation session was organized on 9/27/2018 for all new faculty members that have joined the college this semester. This event, held each semester, provides our new colleagues with an overview of the administrative and e-learning responsibilities that apply to every faculty member. In his introduction to the event, Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi provided a warm welcome to the new faculty and spoke about the vital role King Khalid University’s learning management system holds. He encouraged all in attendance to familiarize themselves with Blackboard and Academia. During this live-demonstration workshop led by FLT E-Learning Unit Supervisor, Mohsin Khan, participants had the opportunity to practice: Accessing and Navigating Blackboard Organizing Content Uploading Documents Communicating With Students Through Announcements Understanding How to Use Academia Date: 9-29-2018 Source: E-Learning Unit Multimedia Contribution: Javed Ahmed
Erich Beer presented a short seminar titled "Some Practical Considerations Regarding the Teaching of Reading Comprehension," organized by the Language Research Center at King Khalid University, on September 26, 2018. The presentation was based on his experience of teaching reading comprehension in the Faculty of Languages and Translation over the past five years. Beer began his presentation by briefly describing his philosophy of teaching, and explaining the approach to teaching Reading Comprehension he had gradually arrived at. He maintained that teaching students the process of arriving at answers was crucial. He had come to think of reading comprehension as essentially being text navigation – students finding their way around texts and extracting basic meaning with ever greater ease and fluency. He explained that higher-level thinking would spontaneously arise once the necessary conditions for attaining ease and fluency were created. He spent the remainder of the presentation giving pointers for choosing, using and reusing texts. The presentation was thought-provoking, resulting in a lively response afterward. Date: 9/26/2018 Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique
Under the patronage of Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi and the supervision of the Vice Dean for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Mohammed S. Assiri, the E-Learning Unit of the faculty organized the “13th E-Learning Awareness Campaign” for level 1 students from Sunday, September 16, 2018, to Thursday, September 20, 2018. Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi, ELC director, accompanied the E-Learning Unit Team during the awareness campaign in some of the e-learning labs. He helped students in Arabic translation wherever it was required. Dr. Munassir Alhamami, English department chair, appreciated the efforts of the E-Learning Unit. Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, e-learning unit supervisor, explained that the awareness campaign organized numerous training workshops for students in the labs and contacted them in their classrooms while providing informative guides to students who were unable to attend any of the workshops. "The campaign encouraged students to use Blackboard effectively. We included an e-quiz competition for students to get them motivated," said Khan. The Faculty of Languages and Translation offers a round of applause to the following individuals for their contributions: Mr. Eric Beer Mr. Javed Ahmed Dr. Karem Abdullateef Mr. Muhammed Kamaluddin Date: 9-24-2018 Source: E-Learning Unit Multimedia Contribution: Javed Ahmed
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
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
Dr. Mohammed Alward received an appreciation letter from our Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi‎, for his design of a calculator using Microsoft Excel. Dr. Alward’s calculator has proven to be a time and effort saving tool in producing grade distributions that are necessary for completing course reports. Congratulations to Dr. Mohammed Alward and special thanks to Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi‎ Date: 6/5/2018 Source: Dr. Mohammed Shuaib Assiri
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