YU Employee English Course

Under the auspices of his excellency the President of Al Yamamah University, Dr. Hussein Al Freihi and her excellency the General Director of the INTERLINK Language Program at YU, Dr. Nebila Dhieb-Henia, and as part of the continuous cooperation between INTERLINK and Al Yamamah University, INTERLINK at YU offered free of charge English language classes to YU employees and faculty. The courses were conducted simultaneously on both campuses, men’s and women’s. The training program started on April 3rd and continued until May 12th. The training program consisted of three levels of English and it focused on the functional English and English for Specific Purposes based on the needs of the trainees. The English courses were very successful and the trainees, who were YU faculty and admin staff members, both enjoyed and benefited from the courses a great deal. At the end of the course, the President of YU, Professor Hussein Al Freihi along with the General Director of INTERLINK at YU, Dr. Nebila Dhieb-Henia, handed out certificates to the participants.

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March 29-April 3, 2015 – G200 Youth Forum

An annual, international event, the G200 Youth Forum brings together young leaders from some 200 countries to discuss a wide array of global issues. The congregation of academics, parliamentarians, business leaders, and civil society representatives debate and discuss issues and topics ranging from economic markets and healthcare to human rights and technological innovation. At this year’s forum, organized by the Swiss-based G8 & G20 Alumni Association and held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Al Yamamah University was well represented by a highly motivated group of its top students, all of whom are INTERLNK graduates.

As ambassadors of their university and country, the Al Yamamah delegates exuded an air of professional conduct and intellectual prowess that reflected the quality of their education and left a lasting impression on their audiences. Their presentations and public speaking skills were a testament to the caliber of instruction INTERLINK at YU’s English language preparation and academic programs. One of the YU attendees, Saad Alaskar, is a shining example of what a student can accomplish through dedication and commitment. He joined INTERLINK at Al Yamamah as a beginner in level 2 and worked toward a level of fluency and presentation ability that enabled him to represent his university and country at one of the largest international events held for youth.

Please watch the interview with Saad AlAskar & Asaad AlAsaad:

November 15, 2014 – Regional 8th Henkel Innovation Competition Semi-finals in Dubai

INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University students Ohoud AlArifi and Maha Aba AlKhail won first place overall in the 8th Henkel Innovation Competition held in Dubai, February 19th, 2015. This win makes the students eligible to compete in the finals held in Vienna in April, 2016 where they will be given the chance to secure jobs with Henkel. As stated by Henkel’s Head of Human Resources, “the Henkel Innovation Challenge is one of several Henkel initiatives designed to celebrate innovation. Our aim is to recognize and nurture young talent and recruit them as new members of the Henkel family.” Competing as “Team Persil Eco-Gent” Ohoud and Maha’s concept was a detergent that cleans both water and clothes, where water is recycled and can be reused. “It is a privilege to be able to participate in a prestigious competition like this and present our ideas in front of a jury of this caliber. Winning was just the icing on the cake,” stated Ohoud.

Watch their interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1UMOlGnHGM

First International Conference on ELT Motivation

On 15th November 2014, SILC hosted the 1st International Conference on Motivation in ELT at Al Yamamah University. This was a stimulating event with some 40 speakers from several countries. Leaders in ELT shared innovative ideas, rich experience and their best practice for the best outcomes in the classroom. The conference featured two plenary presentations, workshops, talks and poster presentations. Educators from all over the world shared in discussions on how to motivate their learners inside the classroom and beyond. Plenary presentations were given by Professor Neil  J. Anderson and Professor  Dudley Reynolds. These ELT experts encouraged teachers to reflect on their teaching and motivational practices and inspired dialogue on motivation in ELT that will continue for years to come.

February 24 & 25, 2014 – Regional 7th Henkel Innovation Competition Semi-finals in Dubai

Two teams from INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University took part in the semi-finals. The men’s team, comprised of Yazeed Albedah and Abdulaziz Alrakhees, won third place overall! Although this was the second time INTERLINK and Al Yamamah University sent a team from the men’s campus, it was the first time we sent a women’s team. The women’s team was comprised of Sara Abahussain and Huda Elsayed. The teams presented their projects, which revolved around a creative product that the team has to come up with to meet the market needs in 2050 and the whole business plan in terms of the product concept, positioning, marketing, meeting the Henkel sustainability matrix and feasibility. A renowned German company, Henkel is a multi-national group of manufacturing companies and a global leader in brands and technology.

The Third International ELT Symposium

Humanizing the ELT Classroom: best practices for best outcomes

The 3rd International SILC Symposium was held at Al Yamamah University on November 12 to 14, 2013. More than 300 international and Saudi-based attendees gathered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for a three-day of teacher development under the theme of “Humanizing the ELT Classroom: best practices for best outcomes”. The three-day Symposium offered plenary sessions by Fredricka Stoller, William Grabe, Michael Hoey, Charles Hall, Mohammed Daoud, Lisa Morgan and Ahmed Al Eisa. In addition, the Symposium included 65 concurrent sessions of various format, including paper presentations, professional workshops, poster presentations and a colloquium.

The Second International ELT Symposium

The English Effect Symposium: changing practices from local and international perspectives

The 2nd International Symposium was held at Al Yamamah University on November 18 to 19, 2008. Speakers and attendees from around the world came together for a two-day event for teacher development under the theme “The English Effect: changing practices from local and international perspectives”. It offered several excellent plenary sessions along with multiple concurrent sessions throughout the two days.