The Faculty of Languages and Communication (FBK), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) recently held a two-day academic talk involving both students and academic staff on the 25th and 26th of May, 2016. The talk was delivered by Mr. Nathan John Albury from the Centre for Multilingualism, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Norway.
The speaker has presented his paper entitled 'Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? English in the globalized economy', in which he highlighted the importance of English language in the language policy-making, research, and education in general.
The talk has also benefited the Bachelor of English with Communication undergraduates and the Diploma of Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) students when they were exposed to the widely practical use of the English language in this globalized era in the talk held on the 25th of May 2016. They were also introduced to the research-making procedures in a focused-group discussion carried out with the speaker.
The highlight of the talk was on the second day (26th of May 2016), the session with the faculty academic staff. The speaker has shared his experiences with the faculty's academic members from all centres (Centre of English Language Studies, Centre of Arabic Language Studies, and Centre of Modern Languages and Communication studies). The session was very fruitful where a lot of ideas and build up towards making cooperation between the speaker through his academic network and linkage and the Faculty of Languages and Communication have been discussed, especially in terms of teaching, learning, research and publication. On a good note, the speaker himself has given his full commitment to help the faculty contribute and promote the newly launched faculty's journal JONUS in its inaugural edition and subsequent editions.
At the end of the session, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Communication, UniSZA, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohamed Anwar bin Omar Din, has expressed his thanks for the talk held, especially to the speaker by giving away a token from UniSZA for sharing his invaluable time and session with the faculty members.
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