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Under the supervision of Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, Dean, the E-Learning Unit of the faculty organized an “E-Learning Awareness Campaign” for level 1 department and ELC students from Sunday, February 26, 2017, to Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Dr. Mohammed S. Assiri, Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, appreciated the efforts of the E-Learning Unit for organizing the campaign and maintained that these kinds of activities help students in attaining academic excellence. Mr. 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 practical use of the King Khalid University E-Learning learning management system (Blackboard). “This campaign had many objectives. However, we hoped that it served to lower anxiety, increase awareness of the need for students to self-monitor, and encourage student collaboration,” said Mr. Khan. Furthermore, Dr. Mohammed Asif Ishfaq, Campaign Coordinator, stated, "The Campaign encouraged students to use Blackboard effectively. We were excited that students actively participated in the campaign." During the campaign, the E-Learning Unit carried out the following activities: Imparted Blackboard training to students individually in their classroom, Organized workshops for students in the e-learning labs, Organized an e-quiz competition for students Set up an e-learning booth and distributed brochures and booklets. Mr. Abdullah Al Rezgi, Director of the English Language Centre, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, Chairman of the English Department, Mr. Abdullah Al-Zubain, E-Learning Specialist, Dr. Khaled Mohanna, E-Learning Team Manager, and all Level 1 teachers helped to make this awareness campaign a great success. The Faculty of Languages and Translation offers a round of applause to the following individuals for their significant contributions and involvement: Dr. Mohamed Asif Ishfaq, Coordinator of the Campaign Mr. Matthew Paul, Level 1 Instructor Mr. Jawed Ahmed, ELC General Coordinator Mr. Mazaharul Islam, ELC Lecturer The felicitation ceremony for awarding the winners of the e-Quiz competition will be organized on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Date: 03-02-2017 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution: Jawed Ahmed
The Language Research Center at the Faculty of Languages and Translation organized a seminar on February 27, 2017, which included a presentation by Dr. Basim Kanan, titled The Effect of Expansion of Vision Span on Reading Speed. This presentation was based on a research study conducted by Dr. Basim Kanan, Salahud Din Abdul-Rab and Ahlullah Siddiqui.    It primarily emphasized the enhancement of reading speed. He pointed out the fact that reading comprehension is an important process that enables a reader to recognize symbols and understand the message. It showed the relation between eyes pauses and reading speed. Dr. Basim explained the terms reading span or visual span and eye-span. He demonstrated how a language learner gradually improves his or her reading speed from letter level to sentence level.  The research study had also involved some training for KKU students to improve their reading speed. It had shown noticeable improvement in reading speed among the learners after training. He concluded that the average reading speed of KKU EFL undergraduate students is 75 wpm with approximately 70% comprehension. The session was very interactive and informative. It is worth mentioning that Al Samer campus also joined the seminar through video conferencing.  Date: 2/27/2017 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: Sayed Karim
On Monday, February 13, 2017, Hassan Costello and Professor Habib Abdesslem held a seminar titled, "Introductions in Locally Published Research Articles in Linguistics: Towards a Syntagmatics of Moves," organized by the Language Research Center of the Faculty of Languages and Translation. The presentation drew an analogy between the histories of traditional grammars and Swales’ rhetorical model for Research Papers Introductions. It argued that though core grammar rules for the sentence and core rhetorical patterns for the Introduction have originated from description and have risen to the status of prescription, the study of language use in different contexts can consolidate the core grammar rules and the core rhetorical patterns without undermining variation and change. The presentation applied Swales’ Create-a-Research-Space-Model (CARS) to describe the rhetorical patterns of Research Articles Introductions in linguistics published by two University journals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It offered representations of the sequencing of Moves in core and extended Move patterns. It was recommended that writers realize the three Moves in the order Swales presents them. The Q&A session (King Abdullah Road Campus joined via teleconferencing) was vivacious, offering participants every opportunity to question the presenters and develop ideas. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al Qahtani, Vice Dean of Higher Studies, provided insightful input and recommendations for further study based on his astute Doctoral Dissertation at Oklahoma State University. The presenters of this seminar would like to express their profound gratitude to Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, Dean, and Dr. Ismail Al Refaai, Director of the Language Research Center & MA Programs Coordinator, for their continuous support and encouragement. Please direct any correspondence concerning this particular seminar to habdessalem@kku.edu.sa or hscostello@kku.edu.sa. This study will be published in the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics (AJAL) shortly and will be available on eprints.kku.edu.sa for further review at that time.  Date: 2/13/2017 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: Sayed Karim
Summary The IT Department of King Khalid University is pleased to announce the development of ePrints KKU. This new system is a digital research repository that is available to all faculty members in all departments. ePrints KKU will increase our faculty’s exposure in their respective fields and maximize the university’s impact on academia worldwide.  What is ePrints? ePrints KKU is a research repository based on cutting-edge technology. The ePrints system allows university faculty to upload and share their publications for online research and re-use. The original version of ePrints was designed and developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton (SOTON). The latest version of the program (ePrints 3) is a joint development project by SOTON in cooperation with King Khalid University (KKU). Why ePrints? A research repository is part of every advanced university’s critical digital infrastructure. The research repository provides for storage of and easy access to the digital content of the institution. This lowers document distribution barriers, allowing for increased use of the information by faculty and outside researchers. Leading universities worldwide have built robust repositories to improve ranking, quality, and enhance the ability to leverage human capital. See Gibbons (2004). ePrints KKU will showcase our capabilities and increase the university’s participation in the expansion and development of relevant academic fields. Also, ePrints KKU is a critical component of achieving the higher educational goals outlined in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 national transformation program. In reference to ePrints Dr. Salem Aleyani, CIO, states, "These efforts are for the sake of the homeland in general and for King Khalid University in particular towards achieving Vision 2030." Additionally, Abdulrahman Ibrahim, Software Engineer, asserts that the citation count of articles published by KKU staff will rise, and therefore, the cumulative impact of KKU will increase. The Deanship of Scientific Research further relates that only with complete ePrints cooperation of faculty members, will we be able to meet the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) valuation of General Standard 10 (Research) and its subsequent Key Performance Indicators. How Does ePrints Work? ePrints interfaces in conjunction with Google Scholar. Primarily, Google Scholar indexes websites with scholarly articles by utilizing software known as crawlers and includes them in search results. Moreover, an automated software program, "parsers," indexes the bibliographic and reference data of the publications. ePrints is structured in such a way that allows for optimal crawling and indexing by Google Scholar thereby contributing towards extending the range of knowledge sharing (Yeates, 2003). Get Involved We encourage you to visit eprints.kku.edu.sa to upload your previous publications and utilize ePrints for all future endeavors. Please direct any correspondence concerning this specific repository to eprints@kku.edu.sa. Date: 2/1/2017 Contributors: Hassan Costello and Dr. Charles Forman References Gibbons, S. (2004). Establishing an Institutional Repository. Library Technology Reports, 40(4), July-August 2004. Yeates, R. (2003). Over the Horizon: Institutional Repositories. VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, 33(2), 96-99.
The English Club provided a platform for a structured, intelligent, and open debate in the month of December 2016. The purpose of the debate (Social Media Celebrities) was to build critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Overall, many of those who attended in the audience applauded the civic awareness and engagement displayed by the debaters.  First place winner, Khalid Al Shehri (against the motion), stated “We live in a world which relies on the online world more than the reality. We need more role models, but a role model may exert a bad influence. We need to be aware of that and keep that in mind.” Second place winner, Yasser Al Shahrani (for the motion), stated “Social media celebrities are like a mirror with two sides. If it is clean, it will reflect something good and vice versa.”  Prof. Habib Abdesslem and Dr. Omer Sultan were the judges of the event and applauded the students for their persuasive arguments, fluency, and overall accuracy. Abdullah Asiri, Director of Student Activities, congratulated all students who participated in recent developments and looks forward to seeing the English Club host more in the upcoming semester. Awards were also presented to the winners of the essay contest by evaluators Abdullah Asiri, Hassan Costello, and Saiful Islam as follows: 1st Place: Omar Muhammad Jama 2nd Place: Khalid Al Qahtani 3rd Place: Khalid Al Shehri Special thanks to Abdullah Qahtani (Event Moderator), Mohammed Salem Shehri (Event Host), all members of the English Club, and Naif Musfer Bassami for developing a pilot Android/iPhone app. Date: 1/8/17 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam 
The E-Learning Unit of the Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT), organized a one-day Final Grades & Grade Entry workshop for all new teaching staff. E-Learning Supervisor Mohsin Khan conducted the workshop. It aimed to coach and orient newly appointed staff of the FLT on the institutional policies and procedures surrounding final grades submission within the registration website. Many topics were covered, namely: Final Grades & Grade Entry When are final grades due? How and when can students view their grades? Where to go for help Dr. Munassir Alhamami, English Department Chair, and Mr. Jawed Ahmed, General Coordinator of the ELC, provided holistic support. Date: 12/29/2016 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
On Monday, December 19, 2016, Professor Abdullah Hadi Al Qahtani had a presentation titled Teaching as an Experience in a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of the Faculty of Languages and Translation. It was more an interactive session than merely a talk which covered some fascinating stories related to his and some others’ teaching and learning experience. Prof. Al Qahtani began his discussion by raising a question about teachers who influenced the participants most. Some of the participants shared their experience on how their teachers had changed them. Prof. Al Qahtani emphasized that a teacher can influence and change the students by his or her behavior. He gave more importance to influencing than controlling the learners as a teacher. He also shared some interesting stories about some teachers and students that exemplified how knowledge, skills, values and love could be combined to play the role of a teacher in the real sense. Apart from explaining the essence of true teaching, Dr. Al Qahtani talked about how he incorporated new technology into his teaching. He, while teaching how to give speeches in a course called Speech Workshop, successfully engaged his students in doing assignments through the Facebook.   He concluded that the idea a teacher only has to teach is now obsolete. The teacher has no longer a dominating role in class. It is not just the teacher who is supposed to transfer knowledge into learner’s brain. On the contrary, students can play a significant role in contributing substantially to the learning environment in class. It is worth mentioning that Al Samer campus also participated in the seminar through video conferencing. The session was very engaging and entertaining and overall a success. Date: 12/19/2016 Source: MD Adil
The British Council in Saudi Arabia organized an IELTS Train the Trainer workshop for King Khalid University on the 16th and 17th of December. The two-day workshop was held for the staff of the College of Languages and Translation. Lucy McClay, Trainer, administered the workshop and covered not only the four testing skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, but also included test knowledge alongside in-depth training on how to administer mock tests and calculate approximate band scores. Abdul Rauf Khan, Head of the IELTS Testing Center at KKU, said, "This is beginning of an excellent liaison between the British Council and KKU which I hope will be a long-term collaboration." Participants of the event left feeling that: §  The event was useful for professional development. §  It helped to increase awareness of the challenges that students face when preparing and planning for the IELTS Academic and General Tests. §  Overall confidence about teaching the IELTS exam preparation classes to students increased. Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi Dean, said, "The workshop was a great professional development opportunity which was collaborative in nature and connected to improving student learning outcomes." The workshop was stimulating and left all who attended engaged intellectually and ready to make a difference.   Date: 12/17/2016 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution:  Sayed Karim
Dear Colleagues It is our great pleasure to inform you that the Language Research Center, Faculty of Languages and Translation welcomes submission of abstracts (no more than 250 words) for the 12th Research Day to be held on Thursday, 23/07/1438 H (20/04/2017) Your paper should focus on the following areas: ü  Language teaching, learning, and acquisition in general ü  Technology-enhanced learning and teaching ü  Learner-centered teaching ü  Bilingualism, code-mixing and code-switching ü  Translation Studies ü  Literature in language teaching Please send your abstract to lrc.seminar.kku@gmail.com no later than 14/4/1438 (12 January 2017) We are eagerly looking forward to your response. Dr. Ismail AlRefaai Director, Language Research Center
On Monday, December 12, 2016, Mr. Erich Beer presented a talk on Reading Comprehension in the seminar series presented by the Language Research Center of the Faculty of Languages and Translation. The talk was titled: "From the top of a pole 100 feet high, how do you step forward? Questions, Intuitions, and pointers relating to Reading Comprehension." Mr. Beer started by explaining the intriguing title and then proceeded to share the result of a poll he had conducted. Two groups had been surveyed: male English teachers teaching in the faculty (Graiger and Mahala campuses) as well as graduating male students (Graiger). The two groups had been given the same questions except for one question which was only applicable to teachers. The questions dealt with reading habits and views regarding the teaching of reading comprehension respectively.  Mr. Beer compared and contrasted the responses from the two groups for the information of the audience. Sometimes the views of the groups compared favorably, and at times they were widely divergent. The presentation was followed by a lively question-and-answer session. The session ended with two gift vouchers being given away to the first two members of the audience who could answer a competition question correctly. It was an engaging and thought-provoking presentation enjoyed by those present. Mr. Beer's Appraisal He writes: "The presentation (material) itself did not tie all the loose ends together, and there wasn't a proper interpretation of the survey result. Also, the preamble was disproportionately long. There were, however, several thought-provoking ideas that could be pursued, and a few innovations besides. I am an artist, not a scientist - I love (creative) ideas and get deliciously overwhelmed by them. They are like the contents of Pandora's box let loose - I simply can't nicely and neatly box them in, so I just let them be. Overall, I think, it was an engaging presentation, even somewhat entertaining." Date: 12/12/2016 Source: MD Adil Multimedia contribution: MD Sirajul Islam
  A university-wide Blackboard training webinar was held by E-Learning Supervisor at the Faculty of Languages & Translation, Mohsin Khan, on Sunday, December 11, 2016. The webinar was organized by the E-Learning Deanship. It took place as part of a university-wide strategy to increase the amount of instructional design training to enhance the virtual learning environment for both students and teachers alike. The primary objectives of the webinar were to improve student learning, engagement, interaction, and most importantly quality learning. These objectives were solidified by the core foundation of the program that participants would be expected to be able to:   Create content items to present a variety of learning activities to enhance student learning; Deliver authentic assessments to evaluate student knowledge in a variety of meaningful ways; Effectively utilize select collaboration tools to increase student engagement by providing a means to share and create knowledge.   The webinar was an overall success and will continue successively in future webinars as a part of the Tamkeen Team efforts. Special thanks to E-learning Deanship Training Manager, Mohammed Jarallah, and ELC General Coordinator, Javed Ahmad, for their holistic support.   Update: Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan received a certificate of appreciation for his efforts at the beginning of the Spring 2017 Semester. The certificate was presented to Mr. Khan by the E-Learning Deanship.   Date: 12/11/16 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution: Javed Ahmad
Dr. Abdul Wahed Al Zumor spoke about the improvement of lecture comprehension in content courses in the English department curriculum at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on November 28, 2016. In his presentation, which was titled A Metacognitive and Social Strategy to Improve Content Lecture Comprehension, he highlighted a recently completed research project he had conducted on how content lectures can be made more comprehensible to learners. He first showed the distinction between direct and indirect strategies, the latter of which involves metacognitive and social strategies. He, while pinpointing some fundamental issues related to learning and teaching at the Faculty of Languages and Translation that requires proper investigation, showed student grade statistics, problems associated with comprehending lectures, and challenges involved relating to students’ perspective.  Through his research study, he illustrated remarkable results that showed students’ attitude towards content lectures, problems with teachers and teaching, and learners’ lack of background knowledge. We are proud to announce that Dr. Al Zumor's research has been accepted for publication as a chapter in a book likely to be published soon by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The session was followed by a very interactive question-answer session. Some of the participants also shared their views on effective lecture comprehension. The seminar was an overall great success.   Date: 11/28/2016 Source: MD Adil
The Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT) held an online examination via Blackboard for the 1st Midterm Exam in the Phonetics (ENG 312) course for over 120 students. Dr. Yahya Asiri developed, conducted, and supervised the CBT, which was the first Phonetics Online Assessment. Dr. Yahya Asiri asserts that this type of testing creates a vibrant atmosphere and increases awareness of technology for our students. Mr. Mohsin Khan, E-Learning Supervisor, stated, "This examination shows our commitment towards efficient use of E-Learning in the classroom." It is worth noting that offering the assessment via Blackboard produced many benefits, namely: -Immediate viewing of unofficial scores on screen -Individual headphones and volume control -Testing in comfortable, computer-equipped testing stations -Enhanced test security Special thanks to the E-Learning Unit of the FLT and the English Language Center for extending their full support and cooperation. Additionally, the FLT would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to Mr. Abdulaziz Salafi, Mr. Faruquzzaman, Dr. Irshad, Mr. Nasir Mahmoud, Mr. Rana Nadeem Mr, Sayed Karim, Mr. Shafiq, and Mr. Shahrear Talukdar for their participation as invigilators in the examination. Date: 11-22-2016 Source: Mohsin Khan
The Faculty of Languages & Translation organized an orientation program for female teachers in the month of November. The FLT has redoubled its efforts to ensure the outcomes of the education system are in line with not only the market needs but also educational outcomes of the NCAAA. The FLT is committed to providing opportunities for all through high-quality training. As such, a series of presentations aligned with our desired educational outcomes were delivered as mentioned below: · Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi, Director of the English Language Center, welcomed all participants and expressed his deep appreciation for the orientation program. · Dr. Ismail Al-Refai, Director of the Language Research Center, gave a detailed presentation on the center and its primary activities. He encouraged teachers to participate in the center activities actively. · Dr. Abdul Wahid Al Zumor, Head of the Academic Development & Quality Unit, FLT, presented a detailed presentation on NCAAA and the quality unit. · Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, Supervisor of E-Learning Unit, FLT, gave a detailed presentation on "Incorporating Blackboard in EFL teaching." · Mr. Jawed Ahmed, ELC General Coordinator, talked about the course plans of the 011/012/015  courses. The program was an overall success. Date: 12/2/2016 Source: E-Learning Unit
Our honorable Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, was invited as a guest to The First International Conference on EFL Education (ICEFL 2016) held by the University of Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel from 10/31/2016 to 11/02/2016. The theme of the conference was to expand research and improve outcomes. Its main aim was to put together a fantastically diverse and engaging collection of speakers and workshops to enhance English Language teaching practices. The Faculty of Languages and Translation bolstered ICEFL’s 2016 main aim through the excellent representation of Vice Dean, Dr. Ali Alamir, and Lecturer, Mr. Md Mahmudul Haque. The papers presented at this conference were: 1-"The L2 Performance of Saudi EFL Students in the Online Environment."      Dr. Ali Hussein Alamir 2-"The Catalytic Role of Metacognition in Fostering Learner Autonomy for ESL/EFL Learners."      Mr. Md Mahmudul Haque Several Keynote speakers and distinguished L2 researchers from different parts of the world including the USA, the UK, and Canada participated in this conference! A large number of Saudi educators from various Saudi public and private sectors (e.g., students, teachers, advisers, educational consultants, and managers) as well as both domestic and international educational institutions and publishers attended this event and participated in some of the allocated training workshops for this conference. Some of our MA students also attended several sessions of this conference. The event was an extraordinary scientific occasion for EFL Education in Saudi Arabia and Saudi EFL Educators in particular. Participants enthusiastically enjoyed the conference papers, presentations, and workshops. They expressed their exhilaration to be part of this event and have the opportunities to learn more about the current issues of Saudi EFL education and research. Moreover, they were overjoyed by the ability to share their constructive comments and feedback with keynote guests and other respected participants. Overall, the conference was a comprehensive event which contributed to the collective understanding of creative teaching and active learning.   Date: 11-9-2016 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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
Mohsin Khan is the 1st Master Reviewer for Quality Matters at King Khalid University. In addition to serving as a QM Online Facilitator, Peer Reviewer, and E-learning Supervisor for the Faculty of Languages and Translation he delivers workshops which detail the methods behind Applying the QM Rubric. Mr. Khan always strives to assist faculty members and has coached numerous faculty members on how to obtain QM certification for their respective course. Mr. Khan has mentioned that “QM enhances the learning environment for students and teachers alike.” Mr. Khan is no stranger to improving the learning environment for students as he has already received an International QM Certification for the ENG 011 Intensive English Course. The Faculty of Languages and Translation is one of the leading colleges at King Khalid University that strives for E-Learning excellence through the Quality Matters program. Date: 11-2-2016 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
Dr. Eyhab Bader Eddin delivered a presentation organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on October 31, 2016. In his presentation, which was titled Translation of Death as Clad in Euphemisms, he shared his views on the role of euphemism in language translation. First, He defined euphemism, orthophemism, and dyphemism, and highlighted the reasons for using euphemistic language and the area in which euphemism addresses. He also showed the use of euphemism in Arabic. He particularly used the word ‘death’ to compare English with Arabic regarding the use of euphemism. Dr. Eyhab, while talking about the problems translators usually encounter, said that when it comes to translation, a target language counterpart or an equivalent should be sought first. He concluded that priority should be given to meaning over form if an equivalent is not found. It is worth mentioning that the Al Samer campus also joined the seminar through video conferencing. It was an overall successful and interactive session.   Date: 10-31-2016 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam
The E-Learning Unit organized a teacher training workshop on "Online Assessment" on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 11:00 am in E-Learning Lab A/3/86. Dr. Muanassir Alhamami, Chairman, welcomed all participants and expressed his deep appreciation for workshops of this nature, which further academic development. Mohsin Raza Khan, E-Learning Supervisor, conducted the workshop and gave a detailed presentation on online assessment. In his presentation, Mr. Khan pointed out the different types of Blackboard tools that could be used for online assessment. Mr. Rizwan Ghani focused on online testing methods. Date: 10-24-2016 Source: E-Learning Unit Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam
Mr. Mahmudul Haque delivered a presentation organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on October 24, 2016. In his presentation, which was titled Learner Autonomy and Metacognition in Language Learning, he shared his views on how Learner autonomy facilitates the learning process. First, He defined autonomy and highlighted its brief history. Then he showed its role in language learning. He pointed out the fact that learners need to be independent in terms of choosing materials and learning strategies. He also focused on the roles a teacher can play to help learners become autonomous. Second, he talked about metacognition, a mental process involved in various learning styles. He concluded that successful learners are more self-reliant and autonomous learners at the same time are more metacognitively aware.    It was an overall successful seminar. Date: 10-24-2016 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam