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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.

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

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.

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ELC to hold 2nd annual symposium on CCC-ELT

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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ELF tours Salalah International Airport

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.
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ELC staff trained on new attendance system, online leave application

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.

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ELC conducts preparation classes for ET

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.

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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.

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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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