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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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The English Language Center conducted an In-house Induction Program in SAC for its new intake students.

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The English Language Center conducted an In-house Induction Program in SAC for its new intake students on 27th of September 2017. This program was presented by Mrs. Nawal Al Jameel, Coordinator of level 1, and Mr. Ali Hubais, Lecturer in ELC. A Power Point Presentation was included and illustrated the college rules, ELC vision, mission, values and administration, new assessment, skills and Curricula. Mrs. Nawal Al Jameel explained them clearly.

The students were also informed about the ELC services such as the Self Access Center, Learning Support Center, Math Help Center and the English Forum. Later on, Mr. Ali Hubais took a part in the induction sessions and gave a presentation on “Things I wish I had known before entering college". It was an attempt to clarify the mysterious thoughts with the new intake students by answering ten common questions can be asked by them. At the end, the new intake students were given the time to ask questions and the presenters were very willing to answer. Finally, they were given some clues to improve their English Language. In addition, a questionnaire will be provided Online for the students to complete during their Lab classes to get their feedback on the induction sessions.

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2 ELC most senior lecturers rest in laurels

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Having rendered two decades of selfless and dedicated service to the English Language Center, two most senior ELC staff of Salalah College of Technology (SCT) were awarded with plaques of recognition by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, Head of ELC on 12th July 2017.

Mr. Falah Mustafa Abdullah Al-Qudah and Mr. Samir Salem Mustafa Al-Khatib, English lecturers under the Ministry of Manpower, retired from service at the end of Academic Year 2016-2017.

Both lecturers who hail from Jordan had shown excellence in their hard work towards the delivery of quality education to the students. The Center also commended them for translations of college circulars, memorandums, and other pertinent documents from Arabic to English.

Mr. Al-Mashiki expressed his heartfelt gratitude and best wishes to the retirees in their future endeavours.

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ELC GFP Policy Awareness Session 1

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The ELC GFP organized a SCT Policy Management System awareness session on May 9th 2017. Special mention was made of the policies pertaining to the General Foundation Program. The session was well attended by approximately 86 staff members from ELC and IT Department.

The Head of the GFP, Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki, addressed the gathering and reiterated the necessity of all stakeholders following the SCT Policies for the smooth and effective working of the GFP. He explained the importance of adhering to all policies and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to enhance the activities in the Center.

There were ten presenters who provided the audience with information about policies pertaining to GFP.

1. QA Policy & Staff Appraisal Policy: Mr. Michael Coleman (Member of ELC Council)
2. Policy Management System: Ms. Shalu Thomas (College Rep. to PMS Committee)
3. Health & Safety Policy: Mr. Ronilo Jayag (College Rep. to H & S Committee)
4. Risk Management Policy: Ms. Marily Gayeta (College Rep. to RM Committee)
5. Research & Consultancy Policy: Ms. Padmini Ivaturi (College Rep. to R&C Committee)
6. Staff Induction Policy: Ms. Nicola Philips (College Rep. to HRD Committee.)
7. Assessment Policy: Ms. Felicius Grace (PF Lecturer-Volunteer)
8. Examination Invigilation Policy: Ms. Claire Orpilla (QA Member)
9. Resource Requirement –SOP: Mr. Bince B (Chairman of RR Committee)
10. CRDC – SOP: Mr. Murali Krishna (Chairman of CRD Committee)

Some general information provided to the audience on SCT Policies

  • There are two kinds of Policies: Academic and Non-Academic or Administrative
  • SCT has established a Policy Management System (PMS) in compliance with Ministry of Manpower (MOM) mandates
  • Policies are developed to be the guiding principle which sets the direction for the institution
  • Policies help to govern the development and implementation of procedures and provides guidelines for all activities in the various units of SCT
  • Policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are uniformly applied and monitored in all units of SCT
  • Policies assist SCT in achieving its Mission, Vision, Values and Objectives
  • Policies also promote operational efficiency while reducing risks.
  • Policies help in ensuring that all departments/centers comply with the Ministry mandates and community expectations
  • Staff must be aware of all SCT policies and use them to ensure systematic administration of all unit/college affairs.

All the participants agreed that the policies presented were clear, informative and very useful.

The QA Coordinator, Ms. Salina Mascrelhas, thanked all the participants for a very fruitful and successful awareness session.

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PF Preparation Classes for Entry Test

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Preparation classes for entry test started from 16 to 22/05/2017. Two sessions were conducted at two different times: session one was from 10:00am to 12:00 pm and session two from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. An announcement of the preparation classes was sent to all PF students via SMS /Social Media: Twitter & Instagram and posters in all academic departments. The number of students who attended the two sessions was 154 out of 458 who registered for the exam (33.6% of students attended the preparation class.). 30 students only picked up the study material from the SAC.

82 were from Diploma level, 13 were from Higher Diploma level, 57 were from Diploma Second year and 2 were from Mix Levels. At the end of each session a survey questionnaire was distributed. The finding was 98 % of students found that both sessions were useful and both teachers were helpful. 96% of students said that they understood the exam outlines and 95% of students said that the session enhanced their study skills. 94% of them were satisfied with the materials provided. Only 77.3% of students were satisfied with the session timing.

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