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ELC conducts phase 1 of GFPA program

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With much enthusiasm and high hope, the English Language Center (ELC) successfully conducted the first phase of a series of the General Foundation Program Audit Awareness (GFPA) program.

The first GFPA session was held on September 27, 2016 at the Self-Access Center, ELC, while the second and third sessions were conducted on October 2 & 5, respectively, at the same venue.

Approximately 28 staff attended on each day of the GFPA sessions. According to them, it was very informative and useful.

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The ELC In- house Induction Day for New Intake Students; Semester 1

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The English Language Center conducted its In-house Induction day in the SAC for its new intake students at 10:00 to 12:00p.m on 26th of September, 2016. The program included a Power Point Presentation about the ELC management, Levels, Assessment, and Curricula. The students were also informed about the ELC services such as the Self Access Center, Speaking Club and the English Forum. Finally, students were given some tips about how to study and improve their English and there were open session for discussion between the Presenter Khayar AL Amri (Level One Coordinator) and students.

At the end of the Induction program, students were given a questionnaire to give their feedback.

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ELC QD Audit Visit

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In May and June 2016, both the Internal and External Audits were carried out at the English Language Center (ELC). The Internal Audit was conducted by Suresh Kumar and Mr. Teofilo on the 24th of May. The External Audit was held on the 1st of June by Dr. Nida and Mr. Humaid of the Quality Department (QD).

Every year, the ELC undergoes such major audits. This Internal Audit went off very well. A week later, the documents and reports of the ELC were once again very thoroughly reviewed by QD representatives.

Finally, as Dr. Nida and Mr. Humaid, left the ELC campus, they, too, indicated that they were very satisfied with what had been presented to them.

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Touring another Campus right here in Sa’ada–Educational Trip with English Language Forum

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This past 30 May 2016, 7 students from our Foundation Program were escorted by the English Language Forum to visit the campus of our neighboring Dhofar University, which is located only 3 to 4 kilometers from our Salalah College of Technology campus on the road to Thamriet in Sa’ada, Salalah.

Prior to this date, only one of the seven students from SCT had ever visited that DU campus–even though many of these same students live close nearby. (Over the past 3 years the English Language Forum has offered educational excursions to local museums, to the Port of Salalah, local factories, and even to visit colleges and schools around Salalah and as far away as Muscat.)

Field trips are exciting and engage all ages. Excursions like the one to DU bring participants out of their routines and give them the opportunity for meaningful educational experiences. Such educational excursions provide students opportunities for “hands-on learning.” For example, instead of just reading about how places are different and then possibly comparing them in writing class, students who visit another location can actually make their own observations and ask questions onsite, and/or even get to opportunity to try out some new activities for themselves while they are there.

NOTE: As students go on field trips or educational tours, they are taught by more people than their regular teachers. They can observe different ways of seeing and doing. The students are brought out into the community to interact with others–including, possibly, experts in their fields. By visiting a macaroni factory, by riding around the Port of Salalah, by hitting a local museum, and by speaking to a real person who lives, works, or studies at a site or location, students are provided inspiring experiences that could not otherwise experience in the confines of the classroom.

Four female students and three male students from SCT’s Level 2 Foundation’s program courses were those who took part in this educational tour, organized by the English Club of Dhofar University Foundation program this last Monday morning in May. The group arrived on the DU campus at 9:30 and began a cross-campus tour shortly thereafter.

Student class leaders from Level 2 at Dhofar University met and escorted the SCT visitors around the campus, whereby the SCT students were actually invited into classrooms and attended a variety of different sessions. These included visits to IT classes, English classes, and Math classrooms in the Foundation program building. SCT students were encouraged to interact with staff and students whom they encountered at each stop.

The seven SCT students also visited the large campus library, which serves many other purposes, such as it operates the learning support centers, where students can get one-to-one tutoring upon demand for the many major areas of study on campus. It is also home to a large number of internet stations, study halls, and other research assistance for DU students and faculty.

Sucharitha Gopalan, the English Club coordinator at DU, was also a great help in sharing and introducing the SCT students to a great many facets of the campus–facets which they would not have learnt about otherwise from the tour. For example, she shared about how majors and degrees there are on the campus and about how many different countries students who attend Dhofar, come from. She also ordered the visitors food and refreshments to keep them going en route.

Near the end of SCT students’ visit, Sabiha Janjua, another coordinator of English Club activities at DU joined them with a group of male and female Level 1 students. They invited the SCT visitors to participate in a fun game of academic English competition. (The seven SCT students would have enjoyed playing longer and visiting more with the DU students, but the bus was waiting outside and it was time to return back to the SCT campus.)

A survey of the students who went on the trip was overwhelmingly positive. More than one student stated that the trip was “Impressive”. Most students also stated that the trip was well-organized, informative, and educative. They encourage other SCT students to take part in such activities in the future.

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Winners of Salalah College of Technology’s 3rd Chess Competition

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On Wednesday, 25th of March 2016, some 33 SCT students signed up to participate in the Salalah Chess Competition. (It is the 3rd such contest to be held on campus here in the past 4 years.) First Place was taken by Abdulrahmem Al Awaid, who went undefeated in all rounds of competition that day.

Second Place was earned by Haitham Ali Hawas, who faced Abdulrahmem Al Awaid in a best two of three championship round just after 1pm that Wednesday. The events were held in the SAC of the ELC building on the SCT Campus. Tied as Runners-Up for that day's competition were Moawiyal Al-Khaldi and Mohammed Ali Hobais.

The SCT Chess Contest is orchestrated by the English Language Forum each year (with the help of Chemical Engineering professor, Raja Thiruvengadam) as part of a campus wide initiative to encourage students in acquiring and practicing life-long activities that will empower them throughout their lives.

WHY LEARN AND PLAY CHESS REGULARLY?

Chess improves cognition, and it improves emotional intelligence. As well, chess has been shown to bolster the cognitive reserve of elderly players, which helps prevent cognitive symptoms of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Finally, of course, chess teaches logic, efficiency, and goal-setting (important for those who are tending to be under-achievers).

When asked about who the best chess player in his family was, Abdulrahmem Al Awaid explained, "That's difficult to say. We all play. Sometimes my dad is. Sometime's it's me--or my mom or one of my sisters." In other words, his family see's chess not only a lifelong affair but as a family affair.

In other words, playing chess is not just essential for kids or youth. Just "because we’re adults, that doesn't mean we have to take ourselves so seriously and make life all about work. We all need to play." Play relieves stress.It improves relationships and our connection to others, and play keeps us feeling young and energetic.

If you don't know how to play, don't be shy! Ask one of the many SCT students, who can play, to teach you. It's never too late to start.

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R&C Committee organized a three-day research

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The R&C Committee organized a three-day research week from 17th to 19th April 2016. The programme started with two hands-on workshops on ‘Solid Works’ and ‘SPSS’ on the first day which were executed in extensive manner on licensed versions of the software for the next two consecutive days. The workshop on ‘Solid Works’ was conducted by Mr. N. Mahaviradhan and Mr. T. Venkatesan. The resource persons clearly demonstrated how this powerful and easy-to-use 3D CAD package can help researchers to validate and manage their product development. Mr. Ghulam Mustafa and Mr. Rommel F. Aunario were the key resources persons for the workshop on SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences).  Mr. Ghulam Mustafa has enlightened various aspects of Descriptive Statistics, Test of Significance and Regression Analysis by using SPSS and Test of Chi-Square and ANOVA elucidated by Mr. Rommel F. Aunario in an accessible way for participating staff.   

The three-day event witnessed a series of seminars on pertinent issues of research. Dr. Saikat Banerjee and Mr. Pavan Kumar held parallel sessions on ‘Writing Research Articles and Plagiarism’. Dr. Venkateswaran elaborated on the different ways of doing research in his specialized session on ‘Research Methodology in Computer Science’.  Dr. Akhilesh Kumar Mishra conducted the research awareness programme for the IT department.  In a panel discussion on ‘TRC Budget Allocation and Predatory Journals’, moderated by Dr. Shabnam Siddiqui and Dr. Benciya Abdul Jaleel ,  the panelists stressed the importance of publishing in quality journals for credibility and visibility. A good researcher restrains from predatory journals because they are short-lived and are of poor academic standards. Mr. Pavan Kumar, in his session on ‘Business Acquaintance for Non-Business people’ presented the basic concepts of finance that anyone can understand and apply. The session titled ‘Need for Language Focus in Research’ by Mrs. Padmini Ivaturi emphasized the importance of proof reading and language editing in writing research articles and highlighted the common language errors made by researchers.

 Dr. Mohammed Ali Bin Ali Sulaiman, HOD, Business Studies and Mr. Viji Paul, HOD, IT, awarded certificates of appreciation to the resource persons and  certificates of participation to the attendees of the two workshops.

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ELC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK at SCT

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Hashim Dahab (HoD) opened the English Language Centre’s Professional Development Week on the 10th of April 2016. Each April, the ELC offers two or more days of workshops as part of continuing education effort for departmental staff.  

Mr. Dahab’s speech, held in the SAC of the ELC building, was followed by a presentation on project management (using MS Project2010) by Kashif Majeed of SCT’s IT Department.  The attendees to this development week event were interested in acquiring background in this area as many are interested in gaining an overview and new skills as they are assigned to committees currently  or they are interested in developing or helping to develop projects which are necessary for implementation in coming years at Salalah College of Technology.  During the presentation, additional insights into how projects function at SCT in general were revealed by the speaker and through the question & answer session which followed.

After a break, the ELC staff was offered a very motivating and helpful presentation on students' and teachers' needs to work on “self-esteem and personality skills.”  This presentation was also offered by an IT staffer, Wilfred Nesaian.   The focus was on the importance of promoting student- and teacher self-esteem on a regular basis through activities and practices in the classroom and through use of motivating digital videos.

Next, Mrs. Padmini Ivaturi of the ELC gave a presentation entitled improving "research awareness" among the ELC staff at SCT.  Recently, the research committee has put online most of the application forms and procedural forms related to applying for national and international conferences, making publications, etc.   This session was particularly helpful for staff interested in becoming more active as conference presenters, writers of publications, editors, and reviewers here at SCT and around the world.

Finally, Ajit Santosh (also of the ELC) concluded the first day of development sessions with a speech on the need to improve soft skills.  He included a variety of examples and suggestions—suggesting that his research shows that there are some 84 soft skills which can be cultivated and employed in our community (and in all communities).

The second day of sessions began in a computer lab in the ELC.  Manal of Alabsy offered a hands-on workshop using and looking at a variety of websites which promote “an internet of learners”.  Her workshop was well-received as were all workshops on these dates.

The workshop on ESL internet sits was followed by a presentation by ELC’s Jamal Al-Akremi, who shared of his research in Oman on the “impact of pre-reading activities on students”.   This experimental research was conducted in a local Salalah (male) high school to study the impact of the usage of schema-based pre-reading activities on successful reading and comprehension of a text under testing conditions.  (Both T-test and p-scores were shown to be unusually significant for the experimental group of students as contrasted with the control group in the study.)

After another break in the SAC, the ELC staff returned and divided their attendance into two different computer labs for two different training sessions held simultaneously.  Two staff from the IT department presented these training in these workshops for the ELC staff: (a) Ronilo Balbedina gave an introduction to using SPSS for data storage and research. (b) Dr. Venkateswaran presented a workshop and training on the fundamentals of using Oracle SQL.

It was wonderful to witness the cooperation and training offered by the IT and English Staff at this two day event.  All those who participated avidly took in many new world views (or experiences) as well as appreciated different research activities which were shared at this year’s ELC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK.

The ELC would like to extend a word of thanks to members of the Professional Development Committee for organizing the schedule, arrangements pertaining to the workshops and ensuring its effective implementation. 

Members:

  1. Gail Macgowan
  2. Saeed Al Mashikhi
  3. Sharooq Bait Reehan
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English Language Forum Hosts Post-Foundations Writing Contest

The English Language Forum conducted its first Writing Contest at the Post-Foundations level (or Baccalaureate level ) here at SCT on 21 March, 2016 in the SAC of the  English Language Center.  The English Language Forum has worked with Baccalaureate students in Chess, Art, Photography and Writing contests previously, but this was the first contest the Forum has targeted specifically for students of advanced language skills here at SCT.

The topics for this contest, conducted under the aegis of Committeewoman Felicious Grace, had already been announced in SCT’s Technical Writing I & II (Post-Foundation) classes prior to the contest date in order to motivate the students to prepare and participate more.

The topics for writing during this March 2016 event were:

  • “Oman in the past and in the present”,
  • “Science is a boon or bane”, and
  • “Education is the key to the future”.

Answering these questions require reflection on the commonweal of Omanis, and students who wrote on the first question, for example, were encouraged to think about the fact-- as Charles Bukowski  has noted“Some moments are nice, some are, nicer, some are even worth writing about.”

Through such competitive writing activities it is hoped that students will, in fact, reflect on the meaning of their current education as preparation for their future.

Several enthusiastic students arrived at noon and participated in the contest.  In addition, there were several other SCT instructors on-hand to help in carrying out the event on that Monday in March.  Following the judging of those entries this past week, it has been determined that the winners of the Writing Contest this Term are as follows:    First Prize has been earned by Wafa Ali Salim Ba-Omar.  Second prize is to be given to Salma Abdulla while Hani Ameer Al-Baraka is to receive Third Place.

The various contests and field trips held each year by the English Language Forum at SCT are designed to equip students with language and analytical skills.  The ELF seeks to provide platforms to galvanize student talents and their positive energies. In addition, the Forum desires to help mold students of today into leaders of tomorrow by encouraging competition conducive to facing a great variety of challenges in Oman’s future.  As C.S. Lewis has proclaimed , ““You can make anything by writing.”  We hope the students at SCT can learn to do anything by practicing and trying out their talents.

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Spelling Contests from English Language Forum this 22 March

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Over the past three years, the English Language Forum has held many interesting events, including excursions to local businesses, the Port of Salalah, & Baleed Archaeological Park as well as contests—including art contests, chess competitions, and photography contests—both on and off the campus of Salalah College of Technology.

This 22 March 2016, the English Language Forum Committee organized the first multi-round Spelling Competition (or Spelling Bee) in the SAC room of the English Language Centre.

This year Level 1 and Level 3 students participated at the event.

In total 23 students participated in the event. Level 3 students participated first with Level 1 students looking on. After observing the older students undertake their three rounds of competition, Level 1 students enjoyed their chance to obtain victory.

The first rounds of the competitions involved all participants writing down the correct spelling of the words provided. The second rounds of the two contests involved students (1) having to look at a visual prompt, (2) identifying the vocabulary, and then (3) spelling the word correctly.

After the first two rounds the top contenders were invited to participate in the FINAL ROUND. The final rounds of the Spelling Bee involved speed spelling (also called “Rapid Round”)--with each student spelling in one minute as many words as he or she can orally.

The Winners among the Level 3 students were as follows : FIRST PRIZE went to Badiya Ahmed Ali Al-Mashali with a total of 27 correct words in the three rounds. Close behind was SECOND PRIZE with Miaad Hassan Mahad Dablan Bait, with 26 words spelled correctly. THIRD PRIZE was earned by Thayer Ali-Said Al-Aamri, with 22 correct words spelled.

Among Level 1 Students were the following results: FIRST PRIZE was taken by Qusai Salim Al-Shanfari, who had 24 words spelled correctly overall. Meanwhile two students were tied for SECOND PLACE: They were Khadija Omar Ibrahim and Fatima Salim Al-Hadri. (Each with 18 total words spelled correctly.)

Naturally, the spelling words chosen for Level 3 were substantially more difficult than for Level 1 students. Nevertheless, all participating students will be receiving their participation certificates shortly.

One of the two champions, Qusai Salim Al-Shanfari, was heard to say, "The spelling competition was hard at times but was also very great fun."

More contests and a possible excursion are planned for next term by the English Language Forum Committee. Why not join in English Language Forum competitions and other activities on the SCT campus? Don't just study, eat and go home. Get involved.

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ELC Second Speaking Contest

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ELC Second Speaking Contest

The English Language Center conducted its second Speaking Contest on Monday 14th March & Wednesday 16th March, 2016. There were 19students who participated.

The total number of students who registered to participate in this contest:

Level One

7

Level Two

6

Level Three

7

Level Four

6

 

The students were nominated by their group tutors who were later finalized for the contest by their level coordinators. They were instructed not read from a paper.  Also, they were given a list of topics to choose for each level. The contest was held in the ELC (SAC). They were six judges selected to judge the speakers:

March 14th 2016

JUDGE for Levels One & Three:

  1. Rais Attamimi - Post Foundation Coordinator
  2. Samah Al Mashali– Lecturer
  3. Sharooq Bait Reehan – Lecturer

March 16th 2016

 JUDGE for Level Four & Two:

  1. Khayar AL-Amri – Level One Coordinator
  2. Falah Qudah – Lecturer
  3. Nicola Phillips – Lecturer

The contest started with an opening speech given by Ms. Carys Corcoran, a member of the Speaking Club. She introduced the three judges and specified the rules for the competition. According to the rules, students were allowed to take notes only, or use a power point presentation to show pictures or vital information pertaining to their topic. The competition was organized by two other members of the Speaking Club who were Mr. Michael Moxley and Mr. Paul David Johnstone.

Some Foundation students and teachers also attended the function. At the end of the contests, Miss Khayar AL-Amri – Level One Coordinator rewarded the first three winners from each level who were awarded a special prize. Also, all students were awarded a certificate of participation.

They aim of the contest was to motivate Foundation students to practice their speaking skills and to build their self-confidence. As one of the candidate from level two said his goal of participating in the contest was to overcome his shyness.

The winners of the Speaking Competition were:

Level

Place One

Place Two

Place Three

Place Four

One

Muna Rajab Hilal Al Afari

Asma Said Issa Al Baraami

Imad Eid Khadim Al Bark Bait Abaidoon

&

Malak Mohammed Ali Safrar

Noor Bakhit Omar Al Hilali

Two

Fatima Ali Suhail Al Awaed

&

Muna Ali Said Ahmad Al Shahri

Eiman Ali Salim Al Jahfali

Ashowaq Mohammed Amer Al Amri

Said Ali Salim Bait Said

Three

Mohammed Masoud Al Maashani

 

Al Wafa Ahmed Suhail Qatan

Asma Mahad Suhail Al Maashani

Amani Salim Al Mashani

Four

Munira Muneer Hassan Al Rushaidi

 

 

Asma Said Mohammed Al Aamri

Safaa Adam Salim Al Mashani

None

 

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