Mehdi Riazi

Mehdi Riazi
Macquarie University · Applied Linguistics and Language in Education Research Centre (ALLE)

Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Currently working at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. Acting as the AD/Research and Ph.D. Director in CHSS.

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Introduction
Topic wise, I've been concentrating on test validation over the last 3 years. I have been working on test validation projects funded by IELTS, Pearson, and TOEFL. In terms of research methodology, I've been working on mixed-methods research recently. A co-authored state of the art on MMR in language teaching and learning is submitted to the journal of Language Teaching (Cambridge) which is under review.
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July 1995 - September 2008
Shiraz University
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (64)
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This study employed an explanatory sequential mixed-methods research design to examine the beliefs of Vietnamese EFL students concerning oral corrective feedback (CF) and the role of some individual differences in these beliefs. The data consisted of questionnaires completed by 250 Vietnamese high school students and follow-up interviews with 15 of...
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Multilingualism differs from place to place, with different pressures and outcomes depending on each unique situation. In Indonesian context, an important factor is the status and over prestige afforded to the national language, posing a possible threat to local language vitality. This study reports the position of Javanese and Indonesian as parts...
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This article reports on a study in which journal publication performance of Applied Linguistics and TESOL (AL/TESOL) academics in the Group of Eight (Go8) Australian universities was examined for each academic rank (Lecturer to Professor) and across apparent genders (females and males). Journal publication performance was defined in terms of produc...
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This paper reports the results of a review and analysis we conducted on 416 empirical articles (EAs) published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes (JEAP) over its lifespan (2002-2019). We present the results of the review and analysis across four broad themes, namely, (1) contexts and participants, (2) research foci and theoretical orie...
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This paper reports the results of a review and analysis we conducted on 416 empirical articles (EAs) published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes (JEAP) over its lifespan (2002-2019). We present the results of the review and analysis across four broad themes, namely, (1) contexts and participants, (2) research foci and theoretical orie...
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We recently published an edited-volume including essays and studies on second language learning, teaching, and assessment in honour of Alister Cumming. We'll have a book launch on June 30, Australia time. It will be a Zoom meeting and the address to join is on the poster. Also, the bar graph could be used if you have a decoder. Please use the follo...
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Higher Degree Research (HDR) involves a unique set of literacy skills used to create and communicate new knowledge through the interpretation and synthesis of empirical evidence. Entry into such advanced degrees is judged by students’ past performance in coursework programs and, when appropriate, benchmarks of language proficiency (e.g., IELTS, TOE...
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Frequent changes of Indonesian English as a Foreign Language (EFL) national curriculum have transformed EFL teachers’ role from that of serving merely as curriculum transmitters into curriculum adapters. Accordingly, this study intended to explore how a group of Indonesian EFL teachers conceptualize content and course organization as guided by the...
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In this historical survey, we review 272 empirical research articles published in the Journal of Second Language Writing (JSLW) over its first quarter century of publication. We report overall and periodic analyses (1992–1999, 2000–2010, 2011–2016) in respect to the following themes: (1) contexts and participants, (2) research foci and theoretical...
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The teaching of composing strategies is acknowledged to be an important area in writing instruction and test preparation. This study presents a small set of data originating from a larger project which investigated the composing strategies reported by 30 international postgraduate students. These students were in their second year of university stu...
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The issue addressed in this study is effects of speakers' fast speech rate (FSR) and strong accent (StrA) on simultaneous interpretation (SI) quality. Although it is perceived that FSR and StrA negatively affect overall SI quality, such effects have been mostly derived from small-sample quantitative studies and have not been consistently borne out...
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The accuracy of self-assessment has long been examined empirically in higher education research, producing a substantial body of literature that casts light on numerous potential moderators. However, despite the growing popularity of self-assessment in interpreter training and education, very limited evidence-based research has been initiated to sh...
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Mixed methods research (MMR), where quantitative and qualitative methods are combined in the collecting and analyzing of research data, is gaining increasing prominence and utility across a range of academic disciplines, including applied linguistics and language teaching and learning. This is the first volume to examine MMR in language teaching an...
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This paper reports a study conducted to validate a locally created and rated writing test. The test was used to inform a higher education institution’s decisions regarding placement of entering students into appropriate preparatory English program courses. An amalgam of two influential models – Kane’s (1992, 1994) interpretive model and Bachman’s (...
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The study reported in this chapter investigates the nature of real-life academic writing assignments. Data were collected from 22 postgraduate students studying at four major universities in New South Wales, Australia, and included unit outlines which describe writing assignments, an online questionnaire which participants completed as soon as they...
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Mixed-methods research (MMR), as an inter-discourse (quantitative and qualitative) methodology, can provide applied linguistics researchers the opportunity to draw on and integrate the strengths of the two research methodological approaches in favour of making more rigorous inferences about research problems. In this article, the argument is made t...
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This paper reports an exploratory study in which the written texts produced by postgraduate students in test and real-life academic situation are compared in terms of the linguistic and discoursal features. Data were collected from 20 international English as a second language (ESL) postgraduate students from different first language backgrounds an...
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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics provides accessible and concise explanations of key concepts and terms related to research methods in applied linguistics. Encompassing the three research paradigms of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, this volume is an essential reference for any student or researche...
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Use of a single, standardised instrument to make high-stakes decisions about test-takers is pervasive in higher education around the world, including English as a foreign language (EFL) contexts. Contrary to longstanding best practices, however, few test users endeavour to meaningfully validate the instrument(s) they use for their specific context...
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This paper reports a research study that analysed legal negotiation discourse in response to perceived deficiencies in using textbooks for teaching legal English writing to undergraduate law students in Turkey. Micro and macro text analysis were performed on the data sets and lawyers from the participating law firms were interviewed to discuss disc...
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Abstract This state-of-the-art paper foregrounds mixed-methods research (MMR) in language teaching and learning by discussing and critically reviewing issues related to this newly developed research paradigm. The paper has six sections. The first provides a context for the discussion of MMR through an introductory review of quantitative and qualita...
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This paper reports an investigation into how the prompt may influence the discourse of group oral tests. The group oral test, in which three or four participants are rated on their ability to discuss a prompt, is a format for assessing the spoken ability of language learners. In this study, 141 Japanese university students were videoed in 41 group...
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This chapter explores the culture of leadership at Macquarie University and how that might influence the culture of engagement with peer review by comparing the practices and perceptions across four faculties. In particular we examine views of “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches to peer review to investigate suggestions that a top-down approach c...
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An investigation of the relations between test-takers’ first language and the discourse of written performance on the IELTS Academic Writing Test, Task 2. Some differences were also found in the discourse analysis, with scripts of European-based L1 candidates more likely to use a typical generic structure in higher bands, and the scripts of H...
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One measure of the impact of a high-stakes test is the attitudes that test takers hold towards it. It has been suggested that positive attitudes produce beneficial effects while real or anticipated negative experiences can result in the development of attitudes that erode confidence and potentially impact negatively on performance. This study inves...
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This paper reports a study that investigated university students' awareness of their reading strategy use when they read Arabic academic texts. One hundred and twenty-two undergraduate L2 Arabic students mostly from Africa and Asia completed a 30-item survey of reading strategies. Results indicated that these students perceived problem-solving read...
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In order to meet the demands of the changing world, students should become endowed with the ability to learn perpetually and regard learning as a life-long enterprise. This study investigated those learners belief which showed learners’ predispositions toward autonomy and some social factors such as gender, academic achievement, marital status and...
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This paper introduces Philosophy-based Language Teaching (PBLT) as a new approach to developing productive language and thinking skills in students. The approach involves posing philosophical questions and engaging students in dialogues within a community of enquiry context. To substantiate the approach, the paper reports a study in which 34 univer...
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This paper reports a study which aimed at exploring if there is any difference between the evaluation of EFL expert readers and computer-based evaluation of English text difficulty. 43 participants including university EFL instructors and graduate students read 10 different English passages and completed a Likert-type scale on their perception of t...
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Learning is a process which extends throughout a person's life; accordingly, people should strive to foster autonomy in order to make growing progress. Learner autonomy is one of the most vital concepts in education and it can accelerate great changes in the area of learning. This study investigated those learner beliefs which demonstrated students...
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This paper reports a study which investigated the effect of centralized English tests on one of the immediate stakeholders, namely, teachers. Data for the study were collected from 20 high school English language teachers by administering an assessment literacy test and conducting face to face interviews. Moreover, centralized and teacher-made test...
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This paper introduces Philosophy-based Language Teaching (PBLT) as a new approach to developing productive language and thinking skills in students. The approach involves posing philosophical questions and engaging students in dialogues within a community of enquiry context. To substantiate the approach, the paper reports a study in which 34 univer...
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This paper reports a study that investigated the types of learning objectives represented in Iranian senior high school and pre-university English textbooks using Bloom’s taxonomy of learning objectives. Three high-school textbooks and the sole pre-university textbook were included in the analysis. To codify the learning objectives, a coding scheme...
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This study investigated the patterns of language learning strategy use among 120 female Arabic-speaking students majoring in English at a university in Qatar. Perceptions of strategy use were measured by the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL, ESL/EFL Student Version). The study found that (1) this group of EFL learners featured medium...
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As part of a larger study (Rahimi, 2004), this study investigates the use of language learning strategies by post-secondary level Persian EFL learners. Particular attention is paid to the variables affecting learners? choice of strategies, and the relationship, if any, between these variables and learners? patterns of strategy use. Data were gather...
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Translator education is now widely practiced in Iran. Every year a huge number of candidates are accepted into the "English Translation Program" at B.A. level. Teaching translation inevitably involves evaluating the quality of the translations produced by students and giving a grade for the achievement of the intended goal. Thus, there are always f...
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This paper reports a study in which Iranian EFL female students' think aloud protocols were analyzed to find out what knowledge sources informed them as they tried to make lexical inference when reading an English text. The study also intended to find out if students' level of their L2 proficiency would affect the pattern of their use of the kno...
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This study investigated the patterns of language learning strategy use among 120 female Arabic-speaking students majoring in English at a university in Qatar Perceptions of strategy use were measured by the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL, ESUEFL Student Version). The study found that (1) this group of EFL learnersfeatured medium bor...
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This study intended to investigate how English lexis is treated in English textbooks in Iranian high schools. The main objective was to examine the vocabulary exercises in the current English language textbooks used in Iranian high schools and to propose some guidelines to enhance vocabulary teaching. Willis and Willis (1996) consciousness-raising...
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The purpose of this study was, firstly, to investigate the language teaching methodologies used in Shiraz EFL institutes. Secondly, the study aimed at exploring the extent to which these teaching methods were effective from the directors', teachers', and the students' views. Out of 28 institutes for men in Shiraz, 5 institutes including 17 classes...
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In this article we critically analyse our own autobiographical narratives and use the collective story as a format to tell our stories of learning and teaching English in different sociocultural contexts. We discuss how this local, socioculturally situated knowledge can contribute to the knowledge of the discipline and a re-visioning of the field.
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This paper first reviews recent attempts to describe formal models of second-language writing; we then identify three major issues in need of clarification to advance model-building in this domain. We discuss these issues in respect to findings from a preliminary attempt to develop a process-product model of ESL writing instruction based on analyse...
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The problem addressed by this study was: how do non-native speakers of English acquire domain-specific literacy suitable to their academic discipline in a graduate program? The participants were four (one female and three male) Iranian doctoral students of education in their second year of residency. To investigate the problem, I used a naturalisti...
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This article describes a case study of four ESL writing instructors. After outlining the need to study writing instruction, it discusses the development of a coding scheme, the research context and approach, and the findings. Finally, it considers the implications of the study, including some exemplary classroom practices that may be worth emulatin...

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How would you calculate inter-coder reliability (Kappa coefficient?) for the following scenario?
10 texts coded across 6 categories (codes) by 3 coders
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What would you do if there's a correlation among measures? I am comparing a group of 20 participants' performance on 3 writing tasks and in terms of three latent variables, A, B, and C. 
Each latent variable is composed of 10 measures. However, the measures don't seem to be independent. Some correlations exist among them. In fact, some of the versions for each latent variable are different methods of measuring that variable. What would you do? In particular:
1) Can we argue that since there's a correlation between some measures, we can discard the correlated one and reduce the number of measures for each latent variable? If yes, which of the variables should be discarded?
2) Is there a way to estimate a composite score for each latent variable based on the measures while trying to avoid further errors?
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A challenging step in any qualitative research project is data coding and analysis. If the data coding is done appropriately, it will lead the researchers to develop patterns or themes and to make final inferences about the research problem. As such, qualitative researchers are supposed to take systematically informed steps and procedures to perform qualitative data coding and analysis. This article presents a review of data coding and analysis in the field of L2 writing qualitative research as a case in point. We scrutinized and analyzed all the 168 articles, which used qualitative data coding and analysis, published in the Journal of Second Language Writing (JSLW) over its lifecycle. We present the results and nominate showcase articles to illustrate how L2 writing researchers handle qualitative data coding and analysis. We will then discuss the results. The outcomes of the review and analysis provide some guidelines for prospective L2 writing researchers, but also for qualitative researchers more broadly.
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In this colloquium, we will present the preliminary findings of a comprehensive review and analysis of all the empirical articles (n= 259) published in the JSLW during 1992-2015 (inclusive). Each presenter will report on the overall findings as well as three distinct periods: 1992-1999, 2000-2009, and 2010-2015.