Vol 13, No 2

Table of Contents

  1. Research Article
    One Size Does Not Fit All: Students' Perceptions about Edmodo at Al Ain University of Science & Technology PDF
    Mohammad Bassam Mustafa
    The rising expectations of using technology in education and the need to meet the requirements of the 21st century students qualities motivate educators to find solutions that aim to fulfill these ends. The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions of students on the use of Edmodo. Keller's Motivational Theory (2008), the ARCS model (Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction), was used as the theoretical framework for the study. In this qualitative research, the researcher asked students to write reflective journals on their perception about Edmodo after it has been used in th whole semester. Fifty five journals were received from Fifty five students participated in the study which was conducted in the first semester of the academic year of 2014/2015. Accordingly, the researcher classified the ideas into common themes. The findings of the study revealed that students accept technology if it attracts their attention to its facilities and ease of use, if it is related to their interests and capabilities, if they feel confident using it and provides them with equal opportunities of learning, and if it satisfies their desires in improving their performance and achievement.

  2. Research Article
    A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Approach: The hope for lost livelihood in the mining community of Obuasi municipality in Ghana PDF
    Victoria Mensah Nyamadi, Jones Opoku-Ware
    The virtue of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as the voluntary incorporation of social and environmental concerns into business conduct has established itself as an international norm. Businesses, intellectuals, local and international development agencies like the USAID have embraced this concept with the hope that it could bring about sustainable development to developing countries. Using qualitative data collection tools of semi-structured interviews and field observations, it was found out that although the company mining the Obuasi mine - AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) seems to uphold the concept of social responsibility, their willingness and zeal to ensure the reality of such policies are almost non-existent. CSR is best practiced when done in partnership with the local community, but in the case of AGA, the formulation and implementation of the policies are done by the company with very little consultation with the people. Nonetheless, it expects the community to accept their stretched hand of philanthropy as a favour from them and not complain about the economic, cultural, social and environmental hazards that they have to endure as a result of the operations of the mine. Being a signatory to the Global Compact agreement and the ISO 14001, the company has tried to consistently improve their social commitment but they still have a very long way to go in terms of sustainable development in the Obuasi municipality as defined by the Rio conference.

  3. Research Article
    Translation of "Matti ki Mona Liza" Into "Mona Liza Made of Clay" PDF
    Abdul Bari Khan Niazi, Sumera Yasmeen, Amina Batool, Tayaba Bashir

    Translation is a process of conveying a source text into a target text which should reflect the contents of the original text. Translation is a practice in which the translator tries to find out the closest equivalent meaning of a source text into the target text language. Translation aims at telling the same idea or information as in the original. In this article the translators have chosen the text, that is a short story "Matti ki Mona Liza" (in Urdu) called "Mona Liza Made of Mud" (in English). The source text was written by A.Hameed, a renowned and legendry Urdu writer. By translating an Urdu short story into English language the translators wanted to present an incredible and splendid piece of Urdu literature to the readers at world level. Another aim was to contribute to the field of Applied Linguistics.

    The translators have selected the discipline of Applied Linguistics with particular focus on the theory of equivalence in translation. The methods of literal, semantic and faithful translation have been used in order to establish the closest equivalence between the source text and the target text. English is selected as the language of the target text.

  4. Research Article
    The Impact of the Internet on Teenagers' Face-to-Face Communication PDF
    Nuhu Diraso Gapsiso, Joseph Wilson

    The Introduction of the Internet appeared to have changed the process of communication from interpersonal to computer mediated communication. This study examined the Impact of Internet on face-to-face communication in Comprehensive Secondary School, College of Education Hong. The objectives include: to examine the relationship between Internet Use and Teenager's face-to "“face communication, to find out whether internet usage is weakening their desire for face-to-face communication. The study found out that the use of internet have some impact on face-to "“face communication between teenager's and their friends and also appears to weaken the ties that bind them with family and friends. The study concludes that Internet use by the teenagers has reduced the time they spend engaging in face-to-face communication with their friends and family memebers because of the time spent on the internet.