Akbar Azizifar

Akbar Azizifar
Ilam University of Medical Sciences · Department of English language

Assistant professor in TEFL

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Introduction
I as an assistant professor in TEFL work on psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics issues, also i am interested in discourse analysis.
Additional affiliations
October 2017 - present
Ilam University of Medical Sciences
Position
  • Head of Department

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Publications (42)
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Background: An outbreak of atypical pneumonia termed COVID-19 has widely spread all over the world since the beginning of 2020. In this regard, designing a prediction system for the early detection of COVID-19 is a critical issue in mitigating virus spread. In this study, we have applied selected machine learning techniques to select the best pred...
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Background: Mindfulness as an intervention approach in mental health has been increasingly used to promote health in young people. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of mindfulness training on coping with stress, test anxiety, and happiness to promote health in female high school students. Materials and methods: The desig...
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Introduction: Teacher empowerment is thought to improve student learning by fostering teaching quality. Therefore, the purpose of this study is investigating the relationship between empowerment and self-efficacy of Iranian English as Foreign Language teachers. Materials and methods: The present study is an experimental study; the population of...
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Background: The importance of spirituality and spiritual growth in humans has been increasingly taken to attention by psychologists and mental health professionals. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between the tendency to aggression and individual resilience also considering the role of mediator of spirituality in academic s...
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Background: Internet is one of the most advanced modern communication technologies. Despite the positive uses of internet, the existence of extreme behaviors and its harmful consequences has attracted the attention of all. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between internet addiction with anxiety and educational performance....
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Background: Difficulty with reading fluency has been increasingly acknowledged as a significant aspect of reading disabilities which is called dyslexia. To investigate this important issue, this research aims to examine the impact of an intervention program on reading fluency of dyslexic students. Materials and methods: The research is an experi...
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BACKGROUND Marital satisfaction, conscientiousness, and self-compassion are necessary for successful and lasting marriages. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between marital satisfaction, conscientiousness, and self-compassion among married employees of Shahid Mostafa Khomeini Hospital in the city of Ilam in 2...
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Introduction: The present study focuses on the relationship between cognitive anxiety and the knowledge of grammar and punctuation sub-scales among Iranian Medical Students. Materials and Methods: The Second Language Writing Anxiety Inventory (SLWAI) developed by Cheng (2004) and also a writing performance test were applied to collect the data. 45...
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This study investigated patterns of reciprocal English-Persian translation of collocations by Iranian EFL learners. The participants of the study were 20 intermediate and advanced level students at different private language schools in Tehran city. The instruments used in the study was a researcher-made questionnaires used for translating collocati...
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One of the skills of speaking in a foreign language which has its own difficulties is correct pronunciation. English is not an exception to this rule and one of the challenging parts of this language is the process called vowel reduction which has always been problematic for language learners. This study has been conducted to investigate observing...
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This study examines the relationships between explicit teaching of grammatical structures and reading comprehension. The significance of this study lies in the possibility that knowledge of text structure may create connections among the disciplines which could enhance understanding of content and promote thinking and reading comprehension abilitie...
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This paper aimed at investigating speech act of 'request realization patterns' in Ilami Kurdish and Persian languages. It attempts to systematize the various strategies used for the purpose of request from the pragmatic point of view. We focus on the impact of gender, age and language as well as degree of education on the choice of forms of request...
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Knowing a second or foreign language is not possible without knowing its sound system. Besides, it is also impossible to disregard the effect of the first language sound system on the pronunciation of sounds of the second. The more these effects disappear, the more native like the learners sound. Accordingly, comparing the sound system of the two l...
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Thanking is one of the most commonly used speech act and major instruments which strengthen the bonds between the members of a society. This study attempted to study the most frequently- used thanking strategies in Ilami Kurdish language. To this end, a DCT (discourse completion task) will be applied. DCT represents various scenarios where the part...
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Learning process has been one of the important aspects of human life. Student's learning styles are among the acquired factors. Based on their individual differences, different students use different learning styles for their learning. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the study of learning styles among high school students and its...
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Smart phones have turned into an everyday object for teenagers and many believe that these can be used to facilitate the language learning process. The extended band-with as well as the possibility of installing different apps on these smart phones has opened new opportunities for learners to better utilize these technologies for learning and compr...
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The present study aimed at exploring and describing apology strategies among Kurdish bilinguals in Ilam, Iran. It attempts to systematize the various strategies used for the purpose of apologizing from the pragmatic point of view. The current study involves 80 subjects of Kurdish bilinguals in Ilam, consisting of 40 male and 40 female subjects. The...
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This study is intended to investigate the effect of formal training of assimilation rules on Iranian intermediate EFL learners. To achieve this goal, first the assimilation rules were fully described and formalized based on Mehmet Yavas (2011). The students selected as subjects in this study were forty male and female students studying at Islamic A...
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Pragmatic competence is one of the aspects of language that provides many challenges for EFL learners. L2 learners need to develop their pragmatic competence in order to use language appropriately according to the socio-cultural norms of the L2 community. And, this may be achieved through treatment they receive from their teachers. The issue explor...
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Among different factors contributing to foreign language learning, affective variables such as attitudes, orientations, motivation, and anxiety are of paramount importance. Among these various factors, learners’ attitude towards language learning is considered as one of the key factors in motivating the learners to learn that language. The present...
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Topic as one of the main concepts of theory of information structure is represented by rather different linguistic tools in different languages. In present approach, topic is defined based on the pragmatic relation which it plays in a proposition. In this study, it is intended to investigate the effect of formal training of topic-hood on writing an...
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The present study aimed at comparing English and Persian narrative texts in terms of manner of expressing of relational attributive clauses based on (Halliday, 2004). Accordingly, it incorporated a corpus of 400 clauses: 200 from English and 200 in Persian in order to find out the possible similarities and differences regarding three components of...
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Mastering pronunciation in EFL context, where direct access to native speaker is scarce, is a highly challenging objective for many language students in Iran. Derivative words more specifically, pose their own problems. There are different types of suffixes, two of which are neutral and non-neutral. This survey study examines teachers’ pronunciatio...
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Since in EFL contexts both teachers and students are less exposed to authentic language with a native pronunciation, presenting rules for standard American pronunciation appears to be overarching. Accordingly, providing both learners and teachers with an effective phonological profile is inevitable to achieve a standard American pronunciation. From...
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In recent years, computer technology has been widely used for educational purposes. In fact, more and more teachers are using computers and the Internet in their classrooms. We’ve seen an enormous growth in the number of teachers using multimedia applications for foreign language teaching and learning. This study examines the effect of multimedia o...
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This study investigated the effectiveness and efficacy of teacher's direct vs. indirect feedback on students’ composition writings in an EFL context. Two classes (each class 10 students) of female intermediate students in a private English language learning institute were given writing assignments for ten class sessions. The students in every class...
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The present study was conducted for two purposes:(1) to compare the learners’ comprehension ability before and after the implementation of two types of pre-reading activities, guessing reading content from asking pre- reading questions and vocabulary definition, (2) to investigate the learners’ attitudes towards the implementation of two pre-readin...
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On Friday, 14 June 2013 one of the most significant events of Iran and the Middle East happened: the presidential election of Iran. The 11th president of Iran started his term on 3rd August 2013. The election was in fact a competition between two main parties: Principlist and Reformist. This paper studied the speeches of the nominees of these two p...
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Since the beginning of language studies, Second Language Acquisition (SLA) researchers have been searching for effective ways of improving learners’ language skills. This study aimed at investigating the effects of Grammatical Consciousness Raising task on English as a foreign language (EFL) learners’ reading comprehension ability. So, two groups o...
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The purpose of the study was to examine the effect of the video captioning on Iranian EFL learners’ listening comprehension. A total of homogenized students in a private English language institute in Ilam, Iran (Safir English language institute) participated in the study. The students were randomly assigned to two groups to receive treatments. Both...
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The present study aims at investigating the manner of expression of adjuncts in English and Persian based on (Halliday, 2004). Halliday's categorization of adjuncts into “interpersonal, textual, and experiential” was adopted to classify the collected examples of adjuncts. Some English novels and their Persian translations were investigated and more...
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Publication of research articles (RAs) in English seems a challenging task for native and non-native writers. The acquisition of rhetorical structure and function grammar can be very helpful for academicians to achieve the wanted goal which is, of course, the Publication of their RAs. This study aims at investigating the effect of educational level...
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The present study focuses on the relationship between teacher empowerment and teacher self-efficacy. The research is a quantitative study in which the data is obtained to get a great understanding on the relationship between empowerment and self-efficacy of Iranian English as Foreign Language (EFL) teachers. The sample consisted of 60 teachers in I...
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This study investigates the effect of teachers’ self-efficacy on personal teaching and external influences. The study involves 18 novice and 18 experienced English teachers teaching at Ilam high schools from March to September of 2014. Data were collected through a questionnaire. Teacher's questionnaire consisted of 36 Likert scale items. To analyz...
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In an attempt to delve into the issue of affective variables related to language learning, the present study focuses on the relationship between anxiety and writing performance across Iranian EFL learners with the effect of gender. To do so, Second Language Writing Anxiety Inventory (SLWAI) developed by Cheng (2004) and writing performance test wer...
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The present study was aimed at exploring and describing apology strategies among Kurdish bilinguals in Ilam, Iran. It attempts to systematize the various strategies used for the purpose of apologizing from the pragmatic point of view. The current study involves 80 subjects of Kurdish bilinguals in Ilam, consisting of 40 male and 40 female subjects....
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This article aimed at investigating the level of writing anxiety of the Iranian EFL students with different proficiency levels. To do so, 45 students (elementary, intermediate, and advanced learners) studying in Azad University of Ilam, Iran were selected based on random sampling. Second, Language Writing Anxiety Inventory SLWAI (Cheng, 2004) was u...
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The present study investigated de-motivation among Iranian secondary high school and university students with respect to gender, major, and level of education and explored students' experiences in overcoming de-motivation. Data were gathered from 485 participants who comprised 215 male and 270 female. A 35 Likert type item de-motivation questionnai...
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Speaking can be realized as the most common way to convey the message to others and the ability to communicate effectively is a basic requirement which needs to be taken seriously in English education. Likewise, classroom interaction has been said to be one of the primary means of learning in classrooms which has a significant role in language clas...
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Textbooks play a very crucial role in the process of language teaching and learning. The present study carries out an evaluation of two series of ELT textbooks used for teaching English language in Iranian high schools from 1965 to the present. For this purpose, Tucker's (1975) textbook evaluation model is employed. The results suggest that one of...
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Textbooks play a very crucial role in the process of language teaching and learning. The present study carries out an evaluation of two series of ELT textbooks used for teaching English language in Iranian high schools from 1970 to the present. For this purpose, Tucker’s (1975) textbook evaluation model is employed. The results suggest that one of...

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