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ELC celebrates 48th National Day

Oman’s 48th National Day was celebrated with glee by the ELC staff on the 19th of November 2018 in the Self-Access Center.

Having lived and worked in Oman for more than 20 years, some teachers shared their wonderful memories in the Sultanate, particularly in Salalah. They likewise expressed their gratitude to the Omani people for their warmth, kindness, and generosity.

Culminating the celebration was a fellowship lunch courtesy by the Omani staff. Mr. Salim Al Maashani and Mr. Shoiab Al-Balushi organized the said event.


Kahoot! competition for L3, L4 conducted

Kahoot, a game-based technological learning activity, was conducted as a competition for Levels 3 and 4 students in the English Language Center.

On the 12th of November 2018, five students in Level 3 competed in Kahoot! Questions were related to many topics covered in their daily class. At first, the boys seemed to be winning but the girls took the lead in the end. Excitement overwhelmed the contestants when they clicked as fast as they could the button in order to arrive at the correct answer. Ahmed Hasan Musallam Kashoob, Asma Abdullah Said Ateeq and Manoa Mohammed Ali Al Mashani emerged as first, second, and third placers respectively.

Meanwhile, the Kahoot! competition for Level 4 was held on the 29th of November 2018. A 20- multiple choice quiz was answered on individual computers thru a web browser. The questions were based on the concepts and vocabulary covered in Level 4. As the contest progressed, it was interesting to note that two girls outsmarted the boys in terms of accuracy and speed. Fatima Ahmed Salim Masan and Noor Mohammed Fadhil Ba Omar bagged the first and second prizes, respectively.

A fun-filled experience, the Kahoot! competition challenged the students the mental ability and enhanced their reading skills. Its successful conduct was made possible through the collaborative efforts of ELF committee composed of Mr. Salim Al-Maashani, Rekha Siby, and Ms. Gail Ann Maria Macgowan.


ELC awards students in co-curricular activities

The English Language Center (ELC) conducted an award ceremony on the 5th of December 2018 for the students who actively participated in all the co-curricular activities organized by the English Language Forum (ELF) for the first semester of academic year 2018-2019.

Held in the ELC on separate dates, the contested events were painting/drawing with 17 student participants and Kahoot! with five competitors from Level 3 and ten for Level 4. Cheers of teachers and students echoed in the Self-Access Center when Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of the ELC, awarded all the winners and participants with certificates of appreciation. Three students were also given certificates for participating in the college-wide celebration of the 48th National Day in the Multi-purpose Hall.

Towards the end of the award ceremony, Mr. Salim Al-Maashani, the ELF Chairperson, expressed his gratitude to the ELC administration, ELF team, the teachers, and the students for their constant support.


ELF exhibits student artwork for National Day

Depicting Oman’s 48 years of glory, the paintings and drawings of ELC students were exhibited by the English Language Forum (ELF) during the college-wide celebration of the National day on the 27th of November 2018 at the Multi-purpose Hall.

Visitors of the English Language Center (ELC) booth gave positive feedback with the artwork of students affirming that the exhibit was a great avenue to develop students’ creativity.

The ELC booth also showcased the Sultanate’s metamorphosis for 48 years by portraying Oman as one nation, one people, and one vision with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said as the leader, the builder, and the paragon.

Another highlights of the ELC booth included Oman’s most beautiful landmarks, famous people, traditional food, widely used languages, and the locals’ sources of livelihood.

Mr. Salim Al-Maashani, the ELF Chairperson, also introduced an application program called Kahoot! to the guest of honor Dr. Saleh Masan, Shura Council Member and to Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari, College Dean.

The ELF team that managed the booth and exhibit was composed of Mr. Salim Al-Maashani, Ms. Wendella Francis, Ms. Rekha Siby, and Dr. Claire Orpilla through the support of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of the Center.


ELF conducts art competition

Aimed at providing a platform for SCT students display their creative and artistic abilities, an art completion was conducted by the English Language Forum (ELF) last November 8, 2018 in the Self-Access Center.

Five male and twelve female budding artists showcased their skills on the theme “Oman 48 years of glory”. Drawing and coloring for one hour allowed students to uncover their natural talents in sketching and illustrations.

The winners were awarded with prizes and certificates. The judges were Mr. Edward Stallard and Mr. Michael Pendry. The winners of the art competition were:

First Place :

  • Laila Mohammed Almaashani

Second place:

  • Iman Alwi Hafidh Ba-Omar
  • Waad Ali Alamri
  • Nadia Musallam Alawaid
  • Al Moutamad Faiz Salim Fadhil

Third place:

  • Ahmed Mustahil Akaak
  • Salim Mussalm Jaboob
  • Fatima Ali Alawaid
  • Amina Said Salim Almaashani

Mr. Salim Al-Mashani, the ELF Chairperson, believed that taking part in the art competition had helped the students develop the right attitude towards a career as an artist. He also mentioned that students can be challenged to move out of their comfort zones in face of a contest like that.

He thanked Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, HELC, for his support and all ELF members Ms. Rekha Siby, Ms. Gail Ann Maria Macgowan, Ms. Wendella Francis, and Dr. Claire Orpilla for organizing this event.


GFP Induction Program for new students conducted

The English Language Center (ELC) welcomed this semester more than 300 new intake students through its In-house Induction Program on 27th of September 2018. The said program was coordinated by Mr. Randy Magdaluyo (Level 1 Coordinator) and presented by Induction Committee members: Ms. Samha Al Mas’hali and Ms. Amal Al-Awadi (Level 1 Representatives), Mr. Khalid Al-Ghafri (Student Grievances Coordinator), Mr. Rajesh Menon (GFP-Math Coordinator) and Mr. T. Karthikeyan (GFP- IT Coordinator).

The program started with words of welcome from Ms. Noor Kashoob, HoS-English Language Programs. She introduced briefly some information about the program.

The SCT vision, mission and values (VMV) as well as the ELC administration were explained fully by Ms. Amal Al-Awadi. The English skills, curricula, e-learning resources and assessment plan were explained clearly by Ms. Samha Al Mas’hali. Mr. Khalid Al-Ghafri drew the students’ attention to some important rules in classroom activities, examinations, absences and academic behavior in the campus. Mr. T. Karthikeyan and Mr. Rajesh Menon also discussed the basic placement test, assessment plan, attendance policies and common rules for Math and IT. All sessions were delivered through a Power Point presentation.

The induction program culminated with giving of students’ feedback. Handouts were also distributed to make students be fully aware of the College Vision-Mission-Values Statement and General Rules.


Online English Placement Test orientation program conducted

The English Language Center - General Foundation Program (ELC-GFP) conducted an orientation program on GFP Placement Tests for new students. The orientation was held in the Self-Access Center on the 6th of September 2018 with 356 student attendees. The orientation was conducted in two sessions 8:00- 10:30 with a thirty- minute break in between.

During the orientation, copies of the induction week schedule were distributed to all attendees. Ms. Noor Kashoob, HoS- English Language Programs, introduced the rules and requirements of the tests to be conducted online. She also presented the test schedules and the cut-off scores of the placement test for English, IT and Math courses. The online registration dates were also announced. At the end of the sessions, the new students were encouraged to attend the college- level induction program in Multi-Purpose Hall which was scheduled at 11:00 am on the same day.


Team Achievers champs ELF debate contest

After two rounds of heated exchange of arguments, Team Achievers convinced the judges to win over Team Kings in a debate contest sponsored by the English Language Forum (ELF) on May 15, 2018.

Speakers from the affirmative and negative sides debated on the issue “Has technology made life easier and better? Members from each team justified their sides by employing critical thinking, solid reasoning, and great confidence.

Garnering a total of 35 points, Yosuf Al Sandi, Ayham Al Ghassani, Ali Sulaiman, and Firas Faraj of Team Achievers defeated Talal Alyafai, Osama Al Yafei, Madid Al Amri, and Assel Zaid of Team Kings with one point only.

Teachers and students’ cheers echoed in the Self-Access Center when Mr. Salim Al-Maashani, the ELF chairperson, announced the winners.

Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of the English Language Center, awarded certificates and trophies to the competing teams.

The panel of judges was composed of three ELC lecturers, namely: Mr. Marc Carmichael Brown, Mr. Edward Stallard, and Ms. Radhika Kumar.


ELF spearheads get-together-party; ELC staff showcase diverse cultures

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a progress; working together is success.

Guided by that quote of William Ford, the English Language Forum (ELF), through the leadership of Mr. Salim Al Maashani, organized an informal staff gathering in the English Language Center (ELC) on April 10, 2018.

Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, Head of the ELC, opened the event by thanking the staff for their relentless support and dedicated service. He also commended the ELF Committee for initiating such a gathering.

The Self Access Center (SAC) was filled with excitement when some staff used their mother tongues to welcome everybody. Adding joy to the gathering were parlor games, such as The Boat is Sinking, Traveling to Different Cities, and Tug of War.

The atmosphere became more festive as various cuisines from around the world were showcased. The ELC staff, who hail from 17 countries, brought their local foods for the buffet lunch –English, Arabic, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Armenian, American, Yemani, Sudanese, French, Tunisian, Palestinian, Turkish, and Iranian, to name a few.

“Apart from building cultural bridges among countries in an academic environment, the party was meant to reward the staff for surmounting the challenges of the previous semesters,” Mr. Al-Maashani disclosed.

He also stated that the gathering, though an informal one, was intended to make the teachers feel the sense of belonging, to foster camaraderie, and to create mutual understanding.

The fun get-together-party was facilitated by Ms. Gail Ann Maria Macgowan and Ms. Manal Alabsy.


ELC to hold 2nd annual symposium on CCC-ELT

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True to its commitment for continuing staff professional development, the English Language Center (ELC), under the leadership of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, will be holding its second annual symposium on April 18 &19, 2018, in the Multi-Purpose Hall, Salalah College of Technology.

Themed with Communication, Culture, and Creativity in English Language Teaching (CCC-ELT), the symposium aims to provide a friendly and stimulating atmosphere where presenters can get constructive feedback on their research and participants can benefit from new developments in ELT.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ali Al-Issa, currently dubbed as the best cited Omani English Language Education (ELE) scholar.   He is an Associate Professor of ELE at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat.

To prepare for the said symposium, the Steering Committee called for a meeting of all the committees on March 6, 2018, in the Self-Access Center of ELC.

Mr. Al-Mashiki, Head of the Center and Chairperson of the CCC-ELT Symposium, gave an overview of the symposium through a PowerPoint presentation. He urged the different committees that with unity and dedication, the symposium will mark another milestone in the ELC.

Various committees comprising of 47 staff have started to buckle down to work for the upcoming symposium. These include:

  1. Steering Committee
  2. Editing Committee
  3. Logistics Committee
  4. Printing Committee
  5. Social Media Committee
  6. Session Moderation Committee
  7. Technical Support Committee

 As the meeting ended, the working committees assured their relentless support to contribute to the huge success of the two-day symposium.

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