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.

Transpersonal Research: The Need for a New Research Paradigm

Dr. Justin Sfariac
ITERARY criticism at the beginning of the twenty-first century seems to be in a situation of crisis. A crisis that affects not only the academe but especially the relationship between the literary critic and the general public.
There are many literary journals in most countries but they are aimed at professional readers. Those with the general public in mind are few and their readership is dwindling and, which is worse, ageing. In the United States, for instance, despite the dimensions of one of the largest book markets in the world, there is only one important periodical dedicated to literary criticism: The New York Review of Books. If current trends are preserved, sooner or later literary criticism will be confined to the academe in terms of both production and consumption and its relevance to the general public will become negligible. Needless to say, its social value will share the same fate.