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ELF tours Salalah International Airport

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To expose students to an actual and hands-on learning experience, the English Language Forum (ELF) organized an educational tour to Salalah International Airport on the 13th of February 2018.

Enthusiastic to be submerged into a new cultural experience, eleven students and three teachers from the English Language Center (ELC) of Salalah College of Technology (SCT) were given the opportunity to visit the airport.

The visit consisted of a warm welcome on arrival by Mr. Hassan Sami Kashoob; a PowerPoint presentation on health and safety by Mr. Hussain Al Muraza; a tour to the Operational Room, dubbed as the brain of the airport; a lecture on the entire operation of the airport; a visit to the airport lounge; and a shopping spree at Duty Free.

Mr. Salim Al-Mashani, ELF Chairperson believed that embarking on an educational tour is invaluable for students’ development and understanding because it opens their eyes to new environments and positively shapes their perspective on an international level.

The ELF expressed its sincerest gratitude to the following for making the airport visit a success:

  1. Mr. Salim Awadh Al Yafai , Manager of Salalah International Airport, for permitting the visit;
  2. Staff of Salalah International Airport for their hospitality and assistance;
  3. Dr. Hamdan Al-Manthari, SCT Dean, for endorsing the request letter;
  4. Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, Head of ELC, for his relentless support to the ELF;
  5. Mr. Nasser Al Daan, Head of Department on Administration, for arranging the transportation;
  6. Ms. Gail Ann Maria Macgowan and Dr. Felicius Grace, ELF members, for accompanying the students.

ELC staff trained on new attendance system, online leave application

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Committed to ensure the smooth flow of employee attendance and leave management system, the Human Resource Department (HRD) of Salalah College of Technology has been conducting a series of trainings to all staff members this February 2018.

Last February 13th, the English Language Center staff  were trained on the basics required to use the fingerprint attendance system  called  the “On-Time Attendance Management System.”  This system requires all staff under the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) in the entire Sultanate of Oman to sign in and out using the biometric machine.

Mr. Shehab Al-Rawas, Head of HRD explained that staff are required to render seven hours a day totaling to 35 hours a week. According to him, flexibility with the timings can be done with the discretion of the Head of a center or department. The fingerprint system had its full implementation in the college on January 14th.

Meanwhile, Mr. Khalid Abduallah Salim Muflah, IT instructor, gave a detailed presentation about HRMS (Human Resource Management System). It is a new system developed by the HRD of SCT that enables any staff to apply for emergency, sick or short normal (compensatory) leave online.

Mr. Muflah also spelled out the channels required to process the three kinds of leaves. As to date, the online leave application can be availed only by the MoM staff, but the HRD has promised to make it accessible to company staff in the next semester.

During the two-hour training in the Self-Access Center, the ELC staff raised further clarifications about the new systems being implemented in the college.


ELC conducts preparation classes for ET

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In an effort to help Post-Foundation students pass the Entry Test (ET), the English Language Center (ELC) conducted two sessions of preparation classes from February 4-7, 2018.

Held in ELC 22-C, the first session was from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, while the second session was from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The tutors were Mr. Ali Hubais and Ms. Carys Corcoran.

Booklets consisting of exam outline, types of questions in detail, useful vocabulary lists, writing samples, and old exams were given to the students. These materials were compiled by the Writing Center Coordinator to help further the exam takers.

Based on the feedback, it shows that:

  1. A hundred percent of the students claimed that both sessions were useful.
  2. Ninety five percent were satisfied with the exam outlines.
  3. Eighty eight percent were impressed with the materials used.
  4. Fifty one percent liked the session timings.

Meanwhile, 114 students out of 289 who registered for the exam attended the classes despite the Center’s announcement in SMS, Twitter, Instagram, and SCT website.


In-house induction program for ELC new intake students conducted

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The English Language Center (ELC) conducted an In-house Induction Program for its new intake students on 24th of January 2018. The presenters were Ms. Samha Al Mas’hali, Induction Committee Member, Mr. Rajesh, 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 and Mr. Murali Krishna, HoS- Curriculum and Teaching Methods.

The SCT vision, mission and values (VMV) as well as the ELC administration, new assessment, skills and curricula were clearly explained through a Power Point presentation.

The induction program culminated with giving of students’ feedback. Handouts were also distributed to make students fully aware of the so-called VMV.


ELF holds online vocabulary contest

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Considering that interactive games can impact language learning, the English Language Forum (ELF) held an online vocabulary competition for Foundation students on November 30, 2017 in the ELC-Lab 3.

Levels 3-4 students competed in choosing the correct antonym to the word given within a span of 20 seconds only. After the mind cracking contest, Aseel Arafh Khareef and Talal Madian Al- Yafai emerged as first and second places, respectively.

The participants stated that the competition was fun, educational, and effective in motivating them to love more the English language. With positive spirit, the students look forward to joining more contests to be sponsored by the ELF.

Prizes and certificates were given by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, Head of the English Language Center and Mr. Salim Al-Mashani, Chairperson of ELF during an awarding ceremony on December 7, 2017 in the ELC Conference Room.


ELC-GFP participates in SCT National Day celebration

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The spirit of patriotism filled the air as the students of Salalah College of Technology (SCT) celebrated the 47th National Day on November 21, 2017.

The Multi-Purpose Hall turned into a sea of red, white, and green as Omani flags and other banners were displayed.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Manthari, SCT Dean inaugurated the event, along with Dr. Saeed Omar Masheiki, Asst. Dean for Academic Affairs and Dr. Amal Al Shahri, Asst. Dean for Student Affairs.

Various exhibits offered testimony to the language skills and artistic talents of students as they explained their activities and posters in English. The audience was likewise impressed when some male students delivered Arabic speeches and poetry that manifested nationalism.

Meanwhile, the English Language Forum, under the supervision of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki-HELC, Mr. Salim Al-Mashani-Chairperson of the Committee and his team members Dr. Felicious Grace, Ms. Yusra Ousenjili, Ms. Wendella Francis, Dr. Claire Orpilla, and select students, represented the English Language Center-General Foundation Program (ELC-GFP) during the said celebration.

The ELC-GFP booth showcased the new textbooks used in Levels 1-4 called Pathways of the National Geographic Learning, His Majesty’s Words of Wisdom, Wheel of Tongue Twisters, Course Offerings, and Oman’s famous landmarks and traditional symbols.


ELC-GFP celebrates 47th National Day

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The English Language Center-General Foundation Program (ELC-GFP) held a celebration to mark Oman’s 47th National Day last November 23, 2017 in the Self-Access Center.

The celebration kicked off with an inspirational message by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, Head of the ELC-GFP. He emphasized the dual significance of National Day every November 18th to commemorate Oman’s international recognition as an independent, sovereign nation and His Majesty’s birthday.

The HELC also commended both Omani and expat staff for their collaborative efforts to make such event possible and for constantly supporting every undertaking at the Center.

Another highlight of the celebration was a 6-minute video presentation about Oman’s metamorphosis through the years since Sultan Qaboos bin Said assumed his throne in 1970.

After the program, a thanksgiving buffet lunch was partaken by the ELC-GFP staff and visitors.

The enthusiasm of the ELC-GFP family for this year’s National Day was evident in the early decoration of the Center with Omani flags and other symbols that show nationalism and pride of Oman’s rich cultural heritage.


New Staff- Formal Induction Program AY 2017-2018

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The ELC GFP conducted the formal Induction Program for the 6 new Staff members who joined the faculty this semester.

There were 4 Presenters. The following areas were presented:

The first presenter was the HOC, Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki, who welcomed the new Staff. He provided them a brief background of ELC GFP; Staff and student profile for semester 44, and wished them every success for their tenure in ELC.

The Staff Induction Committee Member, Mr. Stephen McEwan, was the second presenter. He reinforced what had been done at the informal induction, as Staff arrived. The following areas were covered: tour of the college campus, especially the HRD; introduction to key persons; ELC Handbook and Cultural aspects; Staff Support Services: office location, PC, College email, Mentor. He reminded the new staff to complete the Mentee Report, the Induction Feedback Form and to enquire from colleagues if they had any difficulty.

The third presenter was the QA Coordinator, Ms. Salina Mascrelhas. She explained the QA concept, reiterating that quality was the responsibility of each individual Staff member. The PPT was used to ensure awareness of the College VMV, GAs, SP and OP. The link between the OP, the College SP and the VMV was highlighted. The following Policies and procedures were also explained: Staff Grievances, Staff Appraisals and Channels of Communication. New Staff were informed about resources of information such as Bylaws, QM, QSM, and the Self Awareness Folder; also the ELC Server and the College website. A short quiz was conducted for effectiveness of the presentation.

The HOS CTM, Mr. Murali Krishna was the final presenter. He informed the new Staff about the changes in curriculum for this AY to raise the standard of English Language Teaching across all the CoTs to meet the OAAA requirements. He explained the Task Types using Level 2 Writing Skill as an example. He also provided detailed information about the FP Assessment System.

There was a Question/Answer session and a survey conducted for level of satisfaction.

All 6 new Staff appreciated the Induction and opined that it was very informative. Level of satisfaction was 5 on a 5-point scale


ELC prepares PF students for Entry Test

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To help Post-Foundation (PF) students pass the Entry Test, the English Language Center (ELC) conducted two sessions of preparation classes from October 15-18, 2017 with Mr. Randy Magdaluyo and Ms. Eiman Tabook as tutors.

Conducted in ELC 22-C, the first session was from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, while the second session was from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Though an announcement of the preparation classes was sent via SMS and social media like Twitter and Instagram, only 105 students (30%) out of 355 who registered for the exam attended the classes.

As gleaned from students’ feedback, 99 % of them claimed that both sessions were useful and the exam outlines were clearly understood; 95% were satisfied with the materials used; and 72% were satisfied with the session timing.


ELC-PF conducts refresher workshop

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Aimed at refreshing the teachers’ knowledge and understanding about the sixth edition of the APA Manual and the plagiarism policy, a Refresher Workshop was conducted by the English Language Center - Post Foundation Program (ELC-PFP) on 10th October 2017 at the ELC Conference Room.

Dr. Faqir Aslam Rana, new ELC-PF Coordinator, discussed the various plagiarism policies, the most common types of plagiarism, the reasons why students plagiarize, and the importance of citing sources.

The workshop included many interactive sessions, which enabled teachers to share enthusiastically their insights on plagiarism, citation and referencing style. The participants believed that such workshop will help them more to guide students how to cite sources properly in their projects.

The ELC-PF lecturers who attended the workshop were: Mr. Jeremy Thorpe, Mr. Anurag Thota, Mr. Anwar Ahmed, Mr. Jamel Eddine Al Akremi, Mr. Ahmed Al-Mashani, Ms. Marily Gayeta, Dr. Aju Thomas, Mr. Michael Moxley, Dr. Ronilo Jayag, Ms. Wendella Francis, Ms. Somi Brown, Mr. Kurian Augusthy, Dr. Iyyappan Sundareswaran, and Mr. Musallam Kashoob.

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