Dear colleagues,
On behalf of the organizing committee, we have the pleasure to warmly welcome you to the national symposium on “Present and Future of English in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns” which is organized by the College of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University. This symposium will be held at Abha during 25-26/12/1435 corresponding to 19-20/10/2014. The symposium shall include presentations to be given by distinguished speakers from Saudi universities ant it will focus on the following themes:

  • Language, literature and methodology
  • Language and culture
  • Language planning and the ELT curriculum
  • Language learning and technology


We look forward to welcoming you at the lovely city of Abha.

Applied Linguistics Research Concerns at King Khalid University: A Review Study

Dr. Abdul Wahid Al-Zumor
Abstract—This review study is intended to examine the Applied Linguistics research output of the faculty members at King Khalid University during the last four years (2011 through 2014). Thirty studies were reviewed and found to fall into seven research areas, namely Technology and language learning, Non-linguistic factors influencing EFL learning, ELT methodology, Vocabulary acquisition, Language learning strategies, Language and culture, and Error analysis. The findings revealed more focus of researchers on technology and language learning issues and comparatively little focus on other important aspects of EFL teaching and learning such as testing, learners’ difficulties in speaking, listening, reading and writing, material selection and suitability, translation difficulties, etc. The study has also suggested a model for the utilization of research findings in informing professional practice of EFL teaching. A research gap that requires more attention has also been identified with a view to setting a research agenda that is likely to assist KKU in assuming a research producer position rather than a mere research consumer in the field of foreign language pedagogy and instruction.