Majan University College student Elina Khasanova participated in the 2nd International Conference on Language, Education and Culture in Istanbul, Turkey on June 27th. Elina’s research was entitled ‘A synchronic study on Omani EFL Learners’ production of the speech act of giving and responding to compliments in English’. The study investigated the pragmatic competence of Omani business students in paying and responding to compliments in English. Elina says: ‘Participating in an international conference helps not only build your public speaking skills, overall confidence, but also gain experience and learn from other researchers in the field of English Language. Moreover, my presentation was awarded Best Presentation Award. I would like to take the opportunity and thank all our lecturers who constantly support and through their own examples motivate us.