A fire drill was executed in the English Language Center for the first time on March 3, 2020 under the supervision of officers from the Ministry of Civil Defence.
Staff and students of the entire college followed the proper emergency evacuation procedures in the event of fire.
The drill was made possible through the efforts of Dr. Abdulhamid Ali Qambar Al Ajami, the chairperson SCT Health and Safety (H&S) committee and Mr. Saeed Salim Al Mashiki, the Head of ELC, in coordination with Mr. Anurag Rajeev Thota, the ELC chairperson of H&S committee.
Both SCT staff and students found the drill informative and relevant to emergency situations.
The ELC Research Gate, official research journal of the English Language Center, Salalah College of Technology, has been officially released on March 3, 2020, in the Self Access Center.
Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki, the Head of ELC, handed over the first printed copy to Ms. Salina Mascrelhas, QA Coordinator and most senior staff of ELC. He commended the Research and Consultancy committee chaired by Dr. Aju Samuel Thomas for publishing the maiden issue of the journal.
The ELC Research Gate is also accessible in the college website and can be downloaded through the link : https://www.sct.edu.om/sctwebsite/index.php/en/academic/centre-elc/82-elc/elc-thumbnails/373-research
Meanwhile, a seminar cum workshop on “Intercultural Communication Dynamics” was conducted by Mr. Randy Magdaluyo, Level 1 Coordinator, just after the release of the journal.
After five consecutive weeks of conducting collaborative learning sessions for SCT staff, the ELC held an awards ceremony on February 26, 2020 in the Self-Access Center with Mr. Ammar Al-Shanfari, the Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance, and Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, the Head of IT Department, as guests of honour.
The ceremony started with a welcome speech by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of ELC. He commended teachers, particularly the IT Department (having the most number of participants) for their zeal and activeness during the collaborative learning sessions, despite their busy schedules. He encouraged the participants to keep sharing their best practices, experiences, and innovations to improve the breadth and quality of classroom teaching methodology.
The HoC also thanked the Administration and Finance Department for providing refreshments throughout the sessions and for the Educational Technology Center for printing the certificates.
The ceremony culminated with the awarding of certificates to the participants from the three academic departments. The ELC resource persons likewise received certificates in recognition of their valuable contribution to the success of the refresher course.
The quality of teachers is vital to quality education, accordingly the English Language Center (ELC) organized a five-week refresher course for academic staff of the Salalah College of Technology (SCT) from January 28 to February 25, 2020 in the Self-Access Center (SAC).
The refresher course aimed at improving the overall academic standards set by the Ministry of Manpower. The concept of organizing the course was to share knowledge and experience through collaborative learning, thereby providing teachers an avenue to enhance their teaching abilities.
Participants from the Business Studies, Engineering, and Information and Technology Departments were given two sessions every Tuesday. Each session had a 20-munute theory and a 30-minute workshop.
Topics included English for Specific Purposes, Critical Thinking and Higher Order Thinking Skills, Classroom Management, Strategies and Techniques, Starting Out Strong: Effective Planning, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Teaching Presentation Technique, Tests and Measurements, Teaching Pedagogies, Methods and Strategies, and Creative Learning.
Resource persons were ELC lecturers: Mr. John Richard O’ Neil, Dr. Manizheh Alami, Dr. Ronilo Jayag, Ms. Aminah Sutphen, Dr. Rana Aslam, Dr. Ajit Jovande, Mr. Edward Stallard, and Ms. Khayar Alamri.
Participants gave positive feedback on the relevance of the topics to enhance teaching abilities, the excellent organization of the session, the appropriateness of the timing per session, and the expertise demonstrated by the resource persons.
The refresher course was made possible through the initiative of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of ELC, as approved by Dr. Anwar Ismaili, SCT Dean.
An awareness session on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the Hazards of Smoking was conducted on February 13, 2020 in the Student Access Center, English Language Center.
Dr. Omar Labani and Dr. Samah Ahmed Hossein from Al Hakeem Medical Center in Salalah lectured on CPR and demonstrated the proper way of doing it during emergency situations. Some male students did a role play as an application of what they learned.
Moreover, the ELC staff and students were also informed about the harmful effects of smoking not only to the smokers but to the non-smokers and the community as awhole.
When asked about their feedback, the participants disclosed that the awareness session was beneficial and insightful.
Mementoes and certificates of appreciation were handed to the speakers by Dr. Anwar Amir Al Ismaili, the College Dean and Mr. Saeed Salim Al-Mashiki, the Head of ELC.
The awareness session was organized by the ELC Health and Safety Committee chaired by Mr. Anurag Rajeev Thota.
More than 200 new intake students attended the GFP Induction Program conducted by the English Language Center (ELC) on January 21-22, 2020 at Self-Access Center. The activity was organized by the Student Induction Committee led by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki (Head of ELC), Ms. Salina Mascrelhas (ELC QA Coordinator), Mr. Randy Magdaluyo (Level 1 Coordinator), Ms. Kamla Koofan, Ms. Samha Al Mashali, Ms. Amal Al-Awadi (Level 1 Representatives), Mr. Khalid Al-Ghafri (Student Grievances Coordinator), Mr. Rajesh Menon (GFP-Math Coordinator), Mr. T. Karthikeyan (GFP- IT Coordinator), Mr. Prabagarane G. (ELC Registrar), Ms. Sharooq Reehan (ELC Assistant Registrar), and Ms. Atsloom Al-Maashani and Ms. Amna Al Yafi (SAC Staff).
A warm welcome was given by Mr. Randy Magdaluyo on behalf of the English Language Center. It was then followed by a slide presentation of the SCT motto, vision, mission, goals, values, graduate attributes and ELC administration by Ms. Kamla Koofan. Students also had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Rawas Amer Ahmed Al-Rawas, a Civil Engineering student who shared his learning experiences and study tips with new students.
The second part of the program started with a detailed discussion of the ELC program, courses and resources by Ms. Samha Al-Mashali. She explained clearly the learning outcomes, delivery plan, course outline, assessment plan, class schedule, e-learning (Moodle, Kahoot, Ed Tech), Writing Center and Self-Access Center. Ms. Amal Al-Awadi added more information about the college policies on attendance, examination, homework and class participation. Students were advised to refer to the translated handouts and to keep the copy in their portfolio. Mr. Khalid Al-Ghafri also discussed thoroughly the aims and functions of the Grievance Committee Cell in dealing with student complaints, prohibited behaviors and activities.
The last session was given by Mr. Rajesh Menon and Mr. T. Karthikeyan who briefly presented the Math and IT curriculum, assessment plan, attendance policies and common rules, College Information Management System (CIMS) and SCT email. The activity culminated in the distribution and completion of feedback forms by all new students.
True to its commitment to develop well-rounded individuals, the English Language Center of Salalah College of Technology continues to address student needs not only in academics but through extracurricular activities. The first semester of AY 2019-2020 was fruitful for the ELC with successful contests and events, which increased student involvement and raised awareness on the merits of using English as a Second Language.
To reward deserving students and teachers, the ELC held an awarding ceremony on December 3rd in the Self-Access Center. The program was introduced by Mr. Edward Stallard, followed by a welcome speech by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of ELC. He commended teachers and students for putting their best foot forward and for fostering unity in achieving the objectives of the Center.
Dr. Darwish Abdullah Al Kalbani, the Assistant Dean for Students Affairs, was the guest of honour during the ceremony.
Meanwhile, all the ELC contested events were organized by the English Language Forum: Mr. Salim Al Mashani, Ms. Wendella Francis, Ms. Rachel Joseph, Mr. Marc Carmichael Brown, Mr. Musallam Al Mahri. and Dr. Claire Orpilla.
Below is the roster of awardees in the ELC contests/ events:
|Portrait||Champion||Amina Muslem Mohammed Shamas|
|1st runner-up||Osama Salim Al-Shibani|
|1st runner-up||Humeid Al Farei|
|2nd runner-up||Fatma Salim Al-Mashani|
|Landscape||Champion||Salma Amush Al Mahri|
|1st runner-up||Said Salem Said Al Mashani|
|2nd runner-up||Amer Salim Al Mashani|
B. NATIONAL DAY
|Abdullah Mohammed Al Hakmani|
|Raya Ali Al-Amri|
|Al Faisal Adil Sulaiman|
|Aisha Ali Al Habsi|
C. Bulletin BOARD
|1st runner-up||Level 1|
|2nd runner-up||Level 2|
|4th runner up||Level 4|
D. JUDGES IN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
|Dr. Mohammmed Ahmed Nazeer||Business Studies|
|Dr. Mohammed Al Mashani||Engineering|
|Mr. Allan Salburo||IT|
E. JUDGES IN BULLETIN BOARD CONTEST
|Mr. Hatem Suwailam||Business Studies|
|Mr. Ninzo Thomas||Engineering|
|Ms. Jossie Del Valle||IT|
As soon as the first week of November kicked off, the English Language Center started preparing for the celebration of the 49th National Day. Hallways on all the floors of the ELC building have been adorned with various Omani symbols that manifest the spirit of nationalism and unity.
The English Language Forum board highlights Sultan Qaboos bin Said as the “Heart of Oman.” Hailed as the greatest leader by his constituents, His Majesty has transformed the Sultanate into a highly developed country not only in the Gulf region but also the whole world.
Another highlight of the ELC celebration is the photography contest for current students of the Salalah College of Technology. The theme of the contest is “Oman is my Home.” Photo categories include portraits, landscapes, and nature.
An exhibit of all the photo entries will be open for viewing on the 18th of November 2019 in the Self-Access Center when the ELC celebrates the most anticipated occasion in Oman.
The English Language Center (ELC) welcomed nearly 400 new intake students through its In-house Induction Program held last October 03, 2019 at Self-Access Center. Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki (Head of ELC), Ms. Salina Mascrelhas (ELC QA Coordinator) and Mr. Randy Magdaluyo (Level 1 Coordinator) organized the said activity with the help of the GFP Student Induction Committee members: Ms. Samha Al Mashali and Ms. Kamla Koofan (Level 1 Representatives), Mr. Khalid Al-Ghafri (Student Grievances Coordinator), Mr. Rajesh Menon (GFP-Math Coordinator), Mr. T. Karthikeyan (GFP- IT Coordinator), Mr. Prabagarane G. (ELC Registrar), Ms. Sharooq Reehan (ELC Assistant Registrar), Ms. Atsloom Al-Maashani and Ms. Amna Al Yafi (SAC Staff).
The program started with a brief welcome by Mr. Randy Magdaluyo on behalf of the English Language Center. It was followed by a discussion of the SCT motto, vision, mission, goals, and values by Ms. Kamla Koofan. She clearly presented all the important information about the college statements, administration, and graduate attributes. Translated handouts were also distributed for students to review and keep in their portfolios.
The English curriculum, assessment plan, e-learning resources, Self-Access Center services, attendance and examination procedures were discussed completely by Ms. Samha Al Mashali. She reiterated the English learning outcomes, requirements, materials and policies for students. Mr. Khalid Al-Ghafri also thoroughly explained the roles of the Grievance Committee Cell in handling complaints, prohibited behaviors and activities. The last session on the Math and IT curriculum, assessment plan, attendance policies and common rules, College Information Management System (CIMS) and SCT email was given by Mr. Rajesh Menon. All sessions were delivered through a Power Point presentation.
The activity ended with students completing the feedback forms on the conduct of the GFP Student Induction Program.
The English Language Center conducted a five-week intensive IELTS preparation class for Post Foundation students from May 19 to June 25, 2019. Classes were held in ELC-21 and the ELC Conference Room from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Sunday, Monday and Wednesday sessions, and from 12:00 to 02:00 p.m. for Tuesday session. A total of 15 Post Foundation students in the Business, Engineering and Information Technology programs attended the classes for 18 days to help them prepare for the IELTS exam, which is required for them to advance to Higher Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree. The IELTS program was conceptualized and coordinated by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, Head of the English Language Center, and was facilitated by Mr. Randy Magdaluyo, Level 1 Coordinator and IELTS Trainer.
The preparation classes included orientation sessions, short exercises and full simulation tests on the four IELTS skills, namely listening, reading, writing and speaking. The question types, band scores, test-taking skills, review strategies, exam procedures and time-management tips were explained comprehensively to students. Supplemental materials and assessments were also provided regularly to students for their independent review in their most convenient time.
The IELTS preparation classes were advertised on different social media accounts, college information boards and the official SCT website.
An essay writing contest was organized by the English Language Forum (ELF) on June 17, 2019. The students were asked to compose essays with substance and to adhere to the conventions of the written discourse in a given time frame of 60 minutes.
The contest was open to all students in Levels 3, 4 (L3, 4) and Post-Foundation (PF) of the English Language Center, Salalah College of Technology. Participants wrote about the topic “The Best of Dhofar” in no less than 250 words.
Essays were judged based on creativity, structure, adherence to the topic, grammar, length and wow factor. Mr. John Richard O’ Neil, Mr. Edward Stallard and Ms. Aminah Sutphen served as judges.
Winners were categorized by level as follows:
|Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hakmani||- 1st place, L3|
|Fahad Ahmed Baqi||- 1st place, L4|
|Reem Nasser Qaitoon||- 2nd place, L4|
|Zam Zam Mohammed Tabook||- 1st place, PF|
|Khalid Ahmed Ali Bait Ali Sulaiman||- 2nd place, PF|
|Ali Mohammed Ali Bait Ali Sulaiman||- 3rd place, PF|
To recognize the efforts of the student essayists, the ELF also organized an awards ceremony on June 23, 2019 in the Self-Access Center. The winners were given gifts and certificates, the non-winners received certificates of participation, while the judges got some tokens and certificates of appreciation for their support to the said endeavor.
The ceremony was graced by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of the English Language Center. He commended the students for participating actively in the competition and the ELF team for successfully conducting the event.
The ELF committee is composed of Mr. Salim Al-Mashani, Dr. Claire Orpilla, Ms. Rekha Siby, and Mr. Marc Carmichael Brown.
The Staff Professional Development (SPD) program was held at Salalah College of Technology’s English Language Center on 23rd April 2019. Topics presented were based on the ELC Staff Professional Development Needs Analysis Report. All staff participated actively in the interactive workshops.
The program started at 9.30 a.m. with registration, followed by an introductory session. The Head of the ELC, Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki, spoke about the need for professional development programs. Dr. Claire Orpilla, a member of the SPD Committee, introduced the speakers and gave an overview of the program.
The first part of the program offered two concurrent sessions: The first session in the SAC (Student Access Center) was on ‘Stress Management in the Workplace’ conducted by Ms. Marion Wilton. This informative session raised awareness about the causes and solutions of stress related problems. Ms. Rekha Siby, a member of the SPD committee, thanked the presenter who wrapped up the session with questions from the audience. The concurrent workshop was held in Lab 6 on ‘E-learning’ by Dr. Wilfred Blessing. The session familiarized participants with new ways to use technology in the classroom. Mr. Ajit Govande, a member of the SPD committee, thanked the presenter who wrapped up the session with questions from the participants.
After a short break, two more concurrent sessions were held in the same venues. Ms. Khayar Al Amri conducted a workshop on ‘Successful Leadership and Student Learning.’ Her interactive workshop looked at different techniques to motivate and encourage leadership skills in students. The concurrent session in Lab 6 was on ‘Website Development’ conducted by Mr. Salim Maashani. Teachers were trained to create websites that can be used as an interactive forum for follow-up activities with students.
The closing ceremony was held in the SAC. Ms. Huda Al Huraibi, the SPD committee Chairperson, offered a vote of thanks to the presenters, management and staff. The presenters were awarded certificates by the HoC. A fellowship lunch culminated the event.
SCT English Language Center HOC conducted a Workshop to re-enforce awareness of the SP 2019-2024 and the 6 elements introduced. Also, to discuss the next steps to be taken to develop the College SP sub-goals and KPIs
The target audience was all GFP Staff, both academic and non-academic. A total of 67 members attended the Workshop.
The GFP HOC, Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki welcomed the attendees and stated the purpose of the Workshop. He briefly described the process and development of the new SP and its importance to the Governance and management of the institution, and the ELC.
The QA Coordinator, Ms. Salina Mascrelhas stated the Agenda. The SP process and development was reiterated. The audience was reminded that the workshop would be beneficial for the upcoming GFP Audit, and introduced the 4 Presenters.
The first presenter, Ms. Radhika Kumar explained in detail the process of developing the 6 new elements of the SP 2019-2024: Motto, Vision, Mission, Goals, College Values, and Graduate Attributes. She gave a brief explanation of the:
Ms. Rachel Joseph, the second presenter engaged the audience through skillful questioning to give their feedback on the 3 Goals and the 4 College Values, from the GFP perspective.
Goal 1: To anchor our identity of technological education within an effective and efficient institutional system
Goal 2: To foster an environment that promotes applied research, innovation and consultancy in various fields of technology
Goal 3: To continuously develop institutional relationships in all relevant spheres with all stakeholders.
She then highlighted the 4 College Values which should be the guiding force for all activities in the ELC and the college at large.
College Value-1: Integrity_ to demonstrate ethical practices in all transactions, interactions and processes.
College Value-2: Professionalism_ to apply agreed rules and regulations, following set policies including code of conduct and standard operating procedures and working diligently to attain set outcomes.
College Value -3: Pursuit of knowledge and excellence_ to establish life-long learning, excellence in technological knowledge acquisition, application and innovation
College Value -4: Participation and Partnership_ to enhance participation and partnership relations within and beyond Colleges of Technology
The third presenter, Mr. Antony Jawahar, reiterated the importance of the 7 Graduate Attributes and gave a detailed explanation of the skills involved in the attainment of each of these attributes when students exit the various level of academic performance. The 7 Graduate Attributes are:
Attribute-1: Effective Communication (Group Skills: Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Confident Speaking and Focused Writing)
Attribute-2: Scholastic Rigor & Practical competence (Group Skills: Creative thinking, Problem Solving, Analytical thinking, Time management, Dexterousness, Knowledge ability)
Attribute-3: Team Work (Group Skills: Collaboration, Tolerance and Flexibility, Planning, Organization and Time Management)
Attribute-4: Lifelong Learning (Group Skills: Research Skills, Critical thinking, Inquisitiveness, Goal Setting, Commitment and Adaptability)
Attribute -5: Autonomy and Accountability (Group Skills: Work independently, Confidence, Responsibility, Transparency, Reliability and Authenticity)
Attribute-6: Innovation (Group Skills: Imagination, Aspiration, Problem-solving, Solution-integration, Visionary, and Perseverance)
Attribute-7: Entrepreneurship (Group Skills: Creativity, Initiation, Risk-taking, Resilience, Inspiration and Persistence)
Ms. Felicius Grace, the fourth presenter explained the SP-Development, the Formulation of Objectives, the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the Strategies in detail. She encouraged the audience to analyze the Goal Statement and voice some requirements for each goal. Then to formulate some objectives for each requirement shared. After that a discussion was held on how to meet the objectives using the KPIs.
The common template for the development of the SP was displayed. She informed the audience that several workshops will be conducted before the first draft was circulated to stakeholders for feedback.
Handouts were provided for feedback on the Workshop.
The Workshop was appreciated by the GFP Staff. The survey result was 4.77 on a 5-point scale
The QA Coordinator, Ms. Salina Mascrelhas proposed the vote of thanks.
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Four teachers and 16 students from the English Language Center of Salalah College of Technology visited the Sultan Qaboos Complex for Youth and Entertainment on March 25, 2019.
Upon arrival the group was welcomed by Mr. Raid Kashoob and he gave a short presentation about the complex and its facilities. He also mentioned that all facilities shall be made available for membership in the future.
During the tour the group had the chance to navigate the library, the Multi-Purpose Hall, and the special room for conducting graduation ceremonies and other activities. Surprisingly, the same room can be turned into a baseball playing area. Other facilities of the complex include a full gym, a swimming pool, an oval track, a fitness center, and a bowling center. Both genders have separate sections in the complex.
When asked about the visit, the students disclosed it was fruitful and fun.
Mr. Salim Al-Maashani wants to thank Dr. Anwar Amir Al Ismaili, SCT dean, for authorizing the trip and helping in getting permission; Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the HoC, for his limitless support and cooperation; and Mr. Raid Kashoob, from Sultan Qaboos Complex for Youth and Entertainment, for his warm hospitality and information about the complex.