Volume 11 (2022)
Volume 10 (2021)
Volume 9 (2020)
Volume 8 (2019)
Volume 7 (2018)
Volume 6 (2017)
Volume 5 (2016)
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Volume 3 (2014)
Volume 2 (2013)
Volume 1 (2012)
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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 authors 6,000,000 Rials (2,000,000 Rials as the fee for reviewing and processing the research paper and 4,000,000 Rials after getting accepted and for publishing the research paper). The rest of the costs will be financially supported by Allameh Tabatabai University. Non-Iranian authors are not required to pay any fee as submission to this journal is free of charge for them. 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 CALL & MALL
Exploring the Role of 5E-Based Online Activities in English Language Students’ Critical Thinking and Creativity

Melissa Vafaeikia; Susan Marandi; Masood Siyyari

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 1-31


  The 5E Learning Cycle Model (Bybee, 1990) is an instructional design model which has roots in inquiry-based learning and constructivism and has received much support in non-EFL-related literature as a way to improve 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking and creativity, among students and to ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
The Effect of Conceptual Metaphor on Writing Creativity and Metacognitive Writing Awareness

Ghasem Vadipoor; Rajab Esfandiari; Mohammad Bagher Shabani

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 33-66


  The present paper examines the theory of conceptual metaphor, using the theoretical framework of the cognitive writing model to improve EFL learners’ writing creativity and metacognitive writing awareness. To that end, 120 male and female EFL Bachelor-of-Arts (BA) students majoring in English language ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
Task Implementation and EFL Learners’ Attention to Form: Examining the Effects of Pre-Task Planning and Post-Task transcription

Masoud Saeedi

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 67-96


  There is ample research evidence indicating that task implementation options and design features differentially affect the linguistic quality of second language (L2) oral output. The overarching aim of the current research was to add to the available body of research findings by investigating what effects ...  Read More

Research Paper Psycholinguistics
Focusing on the Comprehension Challenge of Different Passive Structure Types by EFL Learners

Mohammad Saber Khaghaninejad; Mohammad Hadi Eal

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 97-117


  Much of the research on the comprehension of passive sentences has targeted healthy adults, L1 acquirers and people with aphasia. However, a topic that lacks evidence is the comprehension challenges of EFL learners facing different passive structure types. Consequently, this study investigated the comprehension ...  Read More

Research Paper ESP & EAP
A Corpus Investigation of the Third-Person Singular Simple Present Tense Suffix in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) Academic Writing

Fahimeh Marefat; Tahereh Soleimani

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 119-143


  With the spread of English, the conception of English is currently changing into English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) worldwide. However, the form of English teaching and learning is still identified by reference to native-speaker norms. In response to the increasing use of ELF and an emergent need to describe ...  Read More

Research Paper Teacher Education
The Relationship among Language Teacher Immunity, Reflective Teaching, and Work Motivation in EFL Context

Seyed Mohammad Reza Amirian; Tahereh Heydarnejad; Saeed Abbasi-Sosfadi

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 145-172


  Teachers have the power to change their students' lives for the better, therefore teachers should be armed with some skills to be effective. Reflective teaching as one of these skills empowers teachers to observe and evaluate themselves. Although research on reflective teaching has a long tradition, ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
The Influence of Task Complexity Manipulation on Iranian EFL Learners’ Learning of Transitional Devices

Touraj Talaee; Hossein Ahmadi; Faramarz Azizmalayeri

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 173-204


  Task complexity has recently attracted great attention in second language (L2) studies. However, its potential impacts on learning transitional devices have not been considered. The current study was an attempt to analyze the impacts of manipulating task complexity conditions on EFL learners’ grammatical ...  Read More

Research Paper CALL & MALL
The Effects of Web-based Dynamic Assessment on Grammatical Accuracy and Autonomy of Iranian EFL Learners and Their Attitudes to Web-based Dynamic Assessment

َAbolfazl fathi; Mortaza Aslrasouli; Davud Kuhi

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 205-236


  Abstract The necessity of using online education during the Coronal virus pandemic and the barriers created by the absence of face-to-face instruction has shifted the researchers’ focus to web-based instruction and assessment. In this regard, an explanatory sequential mixed-methods design was selected ...  Read More

Research Paper Interlanguage Pragmatics (ILP)
Request Speech Act Production Differences: A Case of Iranian EFLs and ESLs

Reza Bagheri Nevisi; Rasoul Mohammad Hosseinpur; Elahe Yazdankhah

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 237-270


  There have been a number of research concentrating on the request production of ESL/EFL, and native speakers. There have been some studies investigating the production of request speech act of EFLs and ESLs. However, no research has yet focused on the production differences of request speech act among ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
Lexical Sophistication in the Discussion Section of MA Theses Authored by Iranian EFL vs. English Students: A Coh-Metrix Report on Similarities and Differences

Masoud Azadnia

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 271-294


  This study compared the Discussion section of theses written by M.A. English L1 and L2 students regarding lexical sophistication. Certain linguistic features were applied to investigate whether texts written in English L2 had any similarities or differences with native speakers’ (NSs) texts. To ...  Read More

Research Paper Teacher Education
Iranian In-Service EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of Values Education: A Mixed Methods Study

Abbas Ali Rezaee; Mojtaba Esfandyari

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 295-336


  Despite the widely recognized significance of values education in a rapidly changing world and teachers’ education-related beliefs, little research has investigated how English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers navigate values in their classrooms. The study reported in this paper explored in-service ...  Read More

Research Paper Psycholinguistics
Examining the Dynamic Interface between Motivation and Affect in Foreign Language Development with the Moderating Role of Gender and Working Memory

Shokouh Rashvand Semiyari; Majid Ghorbani

Volume 12, Issue 1 , June 2023, Pages 337-376


  Motivation and affect as two salient variables in L2 development are no longer seen as the stable individual difference factors they were once believed to be. Influenced by process-oriented approaches and by increasing understanding of how the complex dynamic system theory (CDST) works, researchers have ...  Read More

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

Amir Zand-Moghadam; hossein mihami

Volume 5, Issue 1 , June 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

L2 Learners’ Use of Metadiscourse Markers in Online Discussion Forums

zis tajeddin; minoo alemi

Volume 1, Issue 1 , June 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

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 , December 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

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

Ali Dabbagh; Alireza Safaei

Volume 8, Issue 1 , June 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

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 , June 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 Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
The Effects of Scaffolding Techniques on IELTS Candidates' Horizontal Grammatical Variability: A Mixed Method Study

Hamed Abbasi Mojdehi; Abbas Ali Zarei; Rajab Esfandiari

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 12 October 2022


  Grammatical accuracy has always been a concern for most Iranian EFL learners. This grammatical variability is more visible in the writing of Iranian IELTS candidates. In this study, the impacts of (distributed, peer and reciprocal scaffolding on IELTS learners' horizontal grammatical variability ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
The Effect of Task Familiarity Ordering on Listening Task Complexity

Abbas Bayat; Bahman Amini; Keyvan Mahmoodi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 24 August 2023


  In recent decades, many second language acquisition (SLA) researchers have identified the leading role of organizing sequentially cognitive tasks in Task-Based Language Teaching. Presenting types of different task sequence has become increasingly crucial for syllabus designers. This investigation examines ...  Read More

Research Paper Education
Factors Determining the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) of the Iranian Preservice English Teachers

Mojtaba Maghsoudi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 30 August 2023


  This study aimed at describing a causal model of variables influencing preservice EFL teachers΄ technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). A descriptive correlational design was used to meet the objective of the study, therefore, 138 (67 male and 71 female) fourth-year student teachers in ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
A Five-Factor Model of Motivational Self-Guides: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach

majid Ghorbani; shokouh Rashvand Semiyari

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 30 September 2023


  The current study undertook to explore the interplay of motivational/attitudinal variables and second language (L2) learners’ motivated behavior through the lens of a revised model of L2 self-guides. This new model reconceptualizes Dornyei’s (2005, 2009) original motivational self-system ...  Read More

Research Paper Interlanguage Pragmatics (ILP)
An Exploration into the Role of Pragmatic Learning Strategies and Gender in Game-based Group Dynamic Assessment

Saba . Bashiri; Saman . Ebadi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 04 October 2023


  In line with Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory (SCT) of mind, digital game-based language learning (DGBL) and dynamic assessment (DA) offer language learning opportunities via sociocultural engagement. This quantitative study explored the role of pragmatic learning strategies (PLSs) and gender in ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
Navigating the Mediating Role of Immunity, Buoyancy, and Emotion Regulation to L2 Grit and Mindfulness Among EFL Teachers

Ehsan Namaziandost; Tahereh Heydarnejad; Afsheen Rezai

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 23 November 2023


  The importance of studying teachers' professional well-being has increased greatly in recent years. However, researchers have not paid enough attention to how teachers' levels of immunity, buoyancy, and emotion regulation (ER) in the classroom all play a role in shaping teachers’ L2 grit ...  Read More

Research Paper Discourse Analysis
Pre and Post-Islamic Revolution Obituaries in Iran: Did Ideology change the Move?

Saba Bashiri; Hiwa Weisi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 11 December 2023


  Obituaries serve as the most viable means to announce a person's death. Regarding the socio-political changes in Iran due to the Islamic Revolution, this descriptive-analytic study reports on a move-based analysis of obituaries belonging before and after the Islamic Revolution driven by Swales' ...  Read More

Research Paper Education
A Philosophical Problematisation of Research on EFL/ESL Teachers’ Cognition vs. Action: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis

Seyed Behrouz Behzadi; Nasser Rashidi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 24 January 2024


  Teacher cognition, as a chief area within teacher education, is concerned with what teachers think, know, and do (Borg, 2003). One of the knotty strands emerging out of the past 50 or so years of research on teacher cognition is the misalignment between teachers’ cognition and practice. This study ...  Read More

Research Paper Applied Linguistics
Developing Learner Autonomy: Novice and Experienced EFL Teachers’ Beliefs and Strategies

Shiva Kaivanpanah; Awat Mohammed

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 13 February 2024


  Teachers’ beliefs play a determining role in the decisions they make and the strategies they employ to foster learner autonomy. Therefore, their beliefs and the strategies they use to foster autonomy merit additional empirical evidence. This study investigated the beliefs of 85 English as a Foreign ...  Read More

Research Paper Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
Exploring Iranian EFL learners' Attitudes toward Classroom Practices of CLT

Mahsa Seirafi; Masoud Zoghi; Haniyeh Davatgari

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 30 June 2024


  This study delves into the attitudes of Iranian English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners toward the classroom practices of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). It endeavors to present a comprehensive understanding of the current state of CLT in Iran, the associated challenges, and potential avenues ...  Read More

Research Paper Testing
Iranian EFL Writing Raters’ Behaviors When Interacting with Analytic and Holistic Rating Scales

Narjes Khodaparast; Nasim Ghanbari; Abbas Abbasi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 30 June 2024


  Among different factors affecting writing assessment, rater and rating scale are two influential variables which determine the outcome of assessment. Taking this into account, this study attempted to identify and classify the raters’ behaviors in the Iranian EFL context when using analytic and ...  Read More

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