Volume 9 (2020)
Volume 8 (2019)
Volume 7 (2018)
Volume 6 (2017)
Volume 5 (2016)
Volume 4 (2015)
Volume 3 (2014)
Volume 2 (2013)
Volume 1 (2012)
Number of Volumes 10
Number of Issues 19
Number of Articles 157
Number of Contributors 305
Article View 298,202
PDF Download 145,992
View Per Article 1899.38
PDF Download Per Article 929.89
Number of Submissions 677
Rejected Submissions 303
Reject Rate 45
Accepted Submissions 78
Acceptance Rate 12
Time to Accept (Days) 111
Number of Indexing Databases 12
Number of Reviewers 94

Issues in Language Teaching is an open-access, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal published by Allameh Tabataba’i University, the leading university in Humanities and Social Sciences in Iran. Issues in Language Teaching has been established to provide an intellectual platform for national and international researchers working on issues related to language and language teaching. The Journal was founded as a response to quick advancements in language teaching and was dedicated to the publication of highest-quality research studies that report findings on issues of great concern to the profession of language teaching.   

To allow for easy and worldwide access to the most updated research findings, the journal is set to be an open-access journal. The journal charges 1,000,000 Rials as the fee for reviewing, processing, and publishing research papers from the authors or from the research institutes and organizations. Non-Iranian authors are not required to pay any fee as submission to this journal is free of charge for them. All the mentioned processes for paper publication are sponsored by Allameh Tabataba’i University.  

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Research Paper Testing
1. L1-Based Elicitation as a Valid Measure of L2 Classroom Performance Assessment: Multi-Method Mono-Trait Model of Validation

Ali Mohammadi Darabad; Gholam-Reza Abbasian; Bahram Mowlaie; Ali Asghar Rostami Abusaeedi

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 1-36


  AbstractClassroom performance assessment has gained prominence parallel to the multiplicity of the purposes ahead of assessment. Of many, the major controversy, which was the motive behind this study, is the incorporation of L1-based elicitation as a valid measure of second language (L2) performance ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
2. Investigating the Interplay of Emotional Intelligence and Interlanguage Pragmatic Competence in Iranian Lower-Intermediate EFL Learners

Ali Derakhshan; Zohreh Eslami; Neda Ghandhari

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 37-66


  Despite the significant role of emotions in any aspect of language learning, including its pragmatic aspect, there have been few research studies on this topic. As a stride toward narrowing this research niche, the objectives of this research were threefold. Firstly, it aimed to examine the two face-threatening ...  Read More

Research Paper Discourse Analysis
3. Learning English Vocabulary through VOA News Lessons: Being Exposed to Authentic Material or Electronic Colonialism

Faeze Soleimanifard; Biook Behnam; Saeideh Ahangari

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 67-103


  Teaching and learning languages via the Internet is becoming increasingly common all over the world and therefore, the experts growingly debate around the positive or negative effects of online education. The present study aimed to critically investigate into science and technology lessons of the VOA ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
4. Developing a Competency Model for EAP Teachers: Insights from Internationalization of Higher Education

Amir Zand-Moghadam; Morteza Taheri; Maryam Bolouri

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 105-146


  The teachers' competencies in the process of internationalization of higher education (IHE) are of vital importance (Brandenburg & Federkeil, 2007; van der Werf, 2012). The extent of IHE in a university is in a close relationship with the teachers' competencies (Harari, 1981). However, the required ...  Read More

Research Paper Testing
5. Examining the Fairness of the University Entrance Exam: A Latent Class Analysis Approach to Differential Item Functioning

Sayyed Mohammad Alavi; Hossein Karami; Mohammad Hossein Kouhpaeenejad

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 147-170


  Measurement has been ubiquitous in all areas of education for at least a century. Various methods have been suggested to examine the fairness of education tests especially in high-stakes contexts. The present study has adopted the newly proposed ecological approach to differential item functioning (DIF) ...  Read More

Research Paper Discourse Analysis
6. Exploring the Recycling of Objective Move Across RA Sections in Soft Science Disciplines

Kimia Soltani; Davud Kuhi; Nasrin Hadidi

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 171-200


  Although a plethora of research endeavors have investigated the rhetorical structure of the Research Articles (RAs) through the lens of move analysis, Move Recycling (MR) across RA sections has remained unnoticed. The current study sought to bridge this gap by exploring cross-disciplinary variations ...  Read More

Research Paper Teacher Education
7. Development and Validation of an English Language Teacher Professional Identity Scale (ELTPIS)

Mahsa Mahmoodarabi; Parviz Maftoon; Masood Siyyari

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 201-237


  The notion of teacher professional identity has become a regular fixture in numerous theoretical and empirical studies in both mainstream and L2 teacher education. Consequently, a number of scales have been designed and developed to quantify this construct. To be sure, the extant instruments are general ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
8. Morphological Complexity Across Descriptive, Expository, and Narrative Text Types in Iranian Lower-Intermediate Language Learners

Rajab Esfandiari; Hajar Jafari

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 237-267


  Morphological complexity is one of the dimensions of complexity that has been increasingly analyzed over the last few years. However, results from previous studies drawing on only a single text type are inconclusive. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of text types (descriptive, narrative, ...  Read More

Research Paper Materials Development & Textbook Analysis
9. Global Coursebooks in the Course of Time: The Case of Interchange Level 2

Seyyedeh Fahimeh Parsaiyan; Kazhal Garshasbi

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 269-300


  AbstractAlthough global English Language Teaching (ELT) coursebooks have been subject to numerous (critical) analyses, the changes occurring to their contents over different editions have received scarce attention. In this study, the researchers examined the transformations over different editions of ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
10. EFL Learners’ Perception of Task Experience Through Flow Outlook: Task Complexity and Modality in Focus

Leila Ghasemi; Ehsan Rezvani; Ehsan Namaziandost

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 301-334


  Regardless of the appreciation of language learners’ achievement in task-based language teaching, not much has been hinged upon learners’ perception and reception of various elements. This study examined task complexity and modality effects on Iranian EFL learners’ comprehension of ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
11. Storytelling and Story Reading Impacts on Pre-intermediate English Language Learners’ Oral Language Production and Comprehension

Alireza Omidbakhsh

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 335-354


  The use of storytelling on students’ first language literacy and development were extended to foreign/second language learning, and a large number of researchers interested in the field attempted to use storytelling and story reading strategies in teaching oral language skills to foreign/second ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
12. An Investigation of Iranian Intermediate EFL Learners’ L2 Motivation and Attitude in a Computer-Assisted Language Learning Environment

Mehdi Nasri; Sajad Shafiee; Mehrdad Sepehri

Volume 10, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 355-389


  The popularity of integrating technology in language instruction and its fundamental effect on the language learning dimensions has been widely acknowledged whereas learners’ motivation and attitude are expected to be improved in a web-based Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) environment. ...  Read More

1. A Rhetorical Move Analysis of TEFL Thesis Abstracts: The Case of Allameh Tabataba’i University

Amir Zand-Moghadam; hossein mihami

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2016, , Pages 23-1


  Abstract in every research paper has always been functioning as an attention-grabber which can encourage readers to keep reading the research or to dissuade it. Although abstracts are believed to play an important role in distributing the research findings, few studies have been done to evaluate the ...  Read More

2. Construction of Evaluative Meanings by Kurdish-Speaking Learners of English: A Comparison of High- and Low-Graded Argumentative Essays

Alireza Jalilifar; Ali Hemmati

Volume 2, Issue 2 , Summer and Autumn 2013, , Pages 57-84

  Academic writing ability is an important goal that learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) try to attain. While ESL students’ academic writings have been widely explored, owing to few studies investigating appraisal resources in EFL students’ ...  Read More

3. L2 Learners’ Use of Metadiscourse Markers in Online Discussion Forums

zis tajeddin; minoo alemi

Volume 1, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2012, , Pages 93-122

  This study aimed to investigate the use of interactional metadiscourse markers in 168 comments made by 28 university students of engineering via an educational forum held as part of a general English course. The students wrote their comments on six topics, with a total of 19,671 words. Their comments ...  Read More

4. Comparative Textbook Evaluation: Representation of Learning Objectives in Locally and Internationally Published ELT Textbooks

Ali Dabbagh; Alireza Safaei

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2019, , Pages 249-277


  The present study evaluated the learning objectives represented in the recent Iranian nation-wide ELT textbooks, i.e. Prospect and Vision series, and compared them to those in the internationally-published textbook of Four Corners. To this end, Bloom’s revised taxonomy of learning objectives was ...  Read More

5. The Construct of Willingness to Communicate and Its Relationship with EFL Learners’ Perceived Verbal and Nonverbal Teacher Immediacy

Maryam Gol; Amir Zand-Moghadam; Mohseni Karrab

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2014, , Pages 160-135

  Given the fact that developing an intimate relationship between teacher and students creates a safe learning environment (Harran, 2006), and because teacher immediacy is proved to increase students’ motivation for learning (Velez & Cano, 2008), this study was an attempt to explore the relationship ...  Read More

Research Paper Psycholinguistics
1. Causes of EFL Learners’ Procrastination: A Classical Grounded Theory

Saber Khooei-Oskooei; Saeideh Ahangari; Zohreh Seifoori

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 04 October 2021


  In the long process of learning English as a foreign language, learners may become exhausted and, if not treated properly, decide to give up learning temporarily and even permanently. Therefore, it seems necessary to explore the reasons for their temporal delays and consider them appropriately to avoid ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
2. Praxis-Based Grammar Instruction Using Social Media Networking: Mediational Feedback within ZPD

Azizullah Mirzaei; Zohreh Eslami Rasekh Eslami; Gholamreza Salehpour

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 04 October 2021


  Recent second or foreign language (L2) research has shown that integration of form-focused instruction into collaborative, communicative activity is highly influential. Sociocultural theory (SCT) provides a praxis-oriented educational ecosystem wherein L2 grammatical knowledge and practical use can be ...  Read More

Research Paper Sociolinguistics
3. Iranian EFL Learners and Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Critical Cultural Awareness

Mostafa Ghaffari; Davud Kuhi; Morteza Aslrasouli

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 04 October 2021


  Critical cultural awareness (CCA) as an essential element of intercultural competence has attracted a myriad of scholars in the fields of language teaching, communication studies, cultural studies, gender studies, ethnic studies among others. That is why this study aims to investigate the attitudes of ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
4. A Social Quest for Language and Cultural Capital: Exploring Iranian English Language Majors’ Habitus

Behrooz Nazarian; Gholam Reza Zarei

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 10 October 2021


  This research study was conducted to investigate the most representative characteristics of the habitus developed by academically successful Iranian English majors. Learning a second or foreign language, like many sociocultural practices, from a Bourdieusian perspective, is informed by the interrelation ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
5. Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence through Ethnographic Interviews in the Domestic Context of Teacher Education in Iran

Mehri Jalali

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 23 October 2021


  Although the importance of intercultural competence (IC) training has been increasingly recognized in recent scholarly reviews, home-based approaches invite further investigation in this paradigm. This study aims to make a contribution by exposing a domestic context to assess IC development through using ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
6. Grit and foreign language anxiety as predictors of willingness to communicate in the context of foreign language learning: A structural equation modeling approach

Jalil Fathi; Farnoosh Mohammaddokht; Saeed Nourzadeh

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 26 October 2021


  Given its key role in enhancing learners’ communicative competence, willingness to communicate (WTC) has received much research attention in the field of second language (L2) teaching and learning. Numerous studies have explored the antecedents of WTC in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context. ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
7. A Qualitative Investigation of Language Learners’ Epistemological Beliefs: Core Dimensions and Development in Focus

Masoomeh Rahmani; Marzieh Bagherkazemi; Alireza Ameri

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 04 January 2022


  Language Learners’ epistemological beliefs (LLEBs), as their conceptions about the nature of L2 knowledge and L2 knowing, are among the determinants of the route and the outcome of language learning; however, research into their dimensional and developmental nature is at the premium. This qualitative ...  Read More

Research Paper Materials Development & Textbook Analysis
8. Iranian EFL Teachers’ Conceptions and Practices of Communicative Language Teaching Curriculum

Amir Kardoust; Abdulbaset Saeedian

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 19 January 2022


  Enabling learners to communicate both in an inter-personal level and with people of other nations is greatly emphasized in language learning programs. The present study seeks to analyze the conceptions of Iranian teachers after they implemented the new communicative language teaching (CLT) curriculum. ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
9. Examining the Effect of Scaffolding Instruction on Critical Thinking Skills of Iranian EFL Learners

Emad Mohammed Qadir; Nouroddin Yousofi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 19 January 2022


  In recent years, the importance of thinking skills in education has attracted the attention of researchers. To this end, this study investigated the effect of scaffolding and implicit instructions on the critical thinking skills (i.e., inference, evaluation, analysis, inductive and deductive reasoning) ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
10. The discursive construction of academic writing expertise: A case study of developing from an outsider to a contributor role in a discourse community

Farzaneh Dehghan

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 19 January 2022


  This study aims at exploring the developmental process from a novice writer to an expert academic contributor from a discursive viewpoint. Using a cross-sectional research design, the researchers were in contact with five graduate students (from M.A. to PhD) via semi-structured interviews and online ...  Read More

Research Paper Psycholinguistics
11. Hidden Curriculum Components, Learners’ National Identity, and Self-efficacy: A Model for Iranian EFL Teachers

Zeinab Sazegar; Hamid Ashraf; Khalil Motallebzadeh

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 19 January 2022


  Much of what educators address is the overt curriculum; however, there is a hidden curriculum that affects education in a very profound manner. In view of that, the purpose of the present study is to determine the relationship of EFL teachers’ perspectives on hidden curriculum components in the ...  Read More

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