During his inauguration of the national symposium, which was organized by the Faculty of Languages and Translation under the title "The Present and Future of the English Language in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns," His Excellency the University President, Prof. Dr. Abdulrahman Hamad Aldawood confirmed that the symposium proves the University's keenness on the importance of the English Language, which is an important means of communication in the international community. He added that the symposium provided unique opportunities to meet specialists, academicians, and researchers in order to exchange experiences and to benefit from the findings of scientific research, which will undoubtedly help to enhance the level of the educational process in general.
The President added that such events illustrate the University's relentless pursuit in serving the community and the nation by striving for continuous improvement. All of the above has been gracefully completed in accordance with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, who pay close attention to the application of all sciences based on contemporary insight.
On this occasion, the Dean of The Faculty of Languages and Translation, Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi stated that "The English Language is the most widely spread language amongst the languages of the world. It is the lingua franca and more importantly to us; it is particularly popular in Saudi Arabia and the whole Arab world in general. Dr. Al-Melhi asserted, "This popularity requires changes in pedagogy to cope with the educational advancements of English-speaking countries." Dr. Al-Melhi also argued for the possibility of teaching the English Language as a foreign language in the primary stage; maintaining, "It is still a contentious issue." Moreover, he talked about active utilization of modern technologies in learning the English Language. He said, "We are glad to arrange this event, which has a group of distinguished experts, with diverse academic backgrounds in the English Language; I am sure that the symposium will achieve its goals."
Concluding his speech, Dr. Al-Melhi thanked His Excellency the University President, Prof. Dr. Abdulrahman Hamad Aldawood, and all participants who contributed to the success of the event, whether directly or indirectly.
It is noteworthy that the Scientific Committee has earlier presented as many as 22 research and scientific papers, out of which 17 of them were accepted. The submitted works tackled many issues which were approved by the Scientific Committee. The most prominent discussion was research about linguistic planning and another one on exploiting modern technology in teaching and learning the English Language. Also discussed was a research paper on the relation between the culture, learning, and teaching the English Language. Moreover, the role of literature in learning the English language was innovatively presented alongside groundbreaking English language reading strategies. For more information click here.