Saeed Rezaei

Saeed Rezaei
Sharif University of Technology | SHARIF · Sharif Languages and Linguistics Center (SLLC)

Associate Professor

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Introduction
Saeed Rezaei is currently an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Languages and Linguistics Center, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. At present, he teaches MA courses in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and supervises MA and PhD theses on issues related to culture, identity and social issues in linguistics and TESOL. sharif.edu/~srezaei
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - November 2021
University of Jyväskylä
Position
  • Visiting Fellow
October 2019 - present
Sharif University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
May 2014 - October 2019
Sharif University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Courses: 1. Sociolinguistics 2. Applied Linguistics 3. Discourse Analysis 4. Academic Writing 5. SPSS and Statistics
Education
September 2009 - September 2013
Allameh Tabataba'i University
Field of study
  • Applied Linguistics
September 2007 - September 2009
Allameh Tabataba'i University
Field of study
  • Applied Linguistics
September 2003 - September 2007
University of Isfahan
Field of study
  • English Language and Literature

Publications

Publications (55)
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Minority language studies have received increasing attention over the last decade in Iran. Drawing on Spolsky’s (Spolsky, Bernard. 2004. Language policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) language policy theoretical framework, this inquiry reports on the language ideologies, practices, and management efforts of an under-explored group of Kurdi...
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Iran was one of the first countries that was severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East in February of 2020. What is unique about Iran is that religious leaders from the early stages have been involved with debates concerning its cause, preventive measures, and moral significance. Relying on textual analyses of media coverage, he...
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Textbooks provide the most serious source of knowledge construction and transmission for children at schools. This paper used a discursive and qualitative content analysis approach to extract the dominant values, ideologies and identities in four social studies textbooks taught nationwide to children in primary schools in Iran. Textual and visual a...
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This research addresses the escalation of the 'discourse of going' among Iranian educated people in recent years through highlighting the influential role played by for-profit study abroad institutions. Utilizing a discourse-analytic approach, we engage the theoretical concept of chronotope, caliberation, and commodification to investigate the ways...
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Nowadays, many second/foreign language (L2) academic writing instruction programs place a high premium on pre-writing strategies. The current study examined the effect of software-supported concept mapping on lexical diversity (LD) of English learners’ argumentative essays within a process writing framework. Additionally, the relationship between t...
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The present article deals with the controversial relationship of Luri Language with Persian, and aims to find out whether Luri is a distinct family from Persian even in the middle period, or it must be considered only a modern dialect of Middle Persian. Based on historical evidence and from a diachronic point of view, the authors put forward the th...
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Today’s world is witnessing a great deal of diversity at the expense of decimating local identities. Textbooks in education, among many other artefacts, serve as the primary source by which a nation’s identity is affected and shaped. The main purpose of this paper is to explore how Iranian national identity is discursively embedded and represented...
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The present study was an attempt to explore international English-medium publication in humanities and social sciences in Iran. In so doing, 50 PhD students from 8 humanities and social sciences disciplines, who had already published or attempted to publish in English-medium journals, were requested to write reflection guide accounts and to take pa...
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The current study aimed at investigating the authorial identity of Iranian academic writers, who came from three different fields of English, Biology , and Engineering, plus examining the influence of disciplinary conventions on their stance taking in research articles. The main objectives of this study were achieved by going through two main phase...
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From when the black box of authorial identity has been unpacked, the paucity of the authorial identity model based on a comprehensive theoretical framework addressed the need to establish a robust one (Cheung, Stupple, & Elander, 2015). The current study was comprised of three main phases including hypothesizing a model of authorial identity, devel...
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This study investigated the attitudes of Kurdish native speakers in the city of Ilam toward their mother tongue. The social status and vitality of Kurdish language along with the institutional support provided by the government for this language were investigated. The data collection tools included questionnaire, interview and ethnographic fieldwor...
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the English for publication purpose practices of doctoral students in Iran. The overall objective was to explore their motives, hurdles and strategies in academic writing. Design/methodology/approach: This case study draws on a narrative inquiry to explore nine science and engineering doctoral st...
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The present mixed-methods research examined the identity and attitude of Iranian English language learners as a result of their participation in an online critical reflective course. The participants were 38 English language students who attended ten online sessions within a five-month English language course. Their online posts underwent inductive...
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This study sought to probe higher education English language professors’ experiences in cultivating their learners’ authenticity. Using Barnett's (2007) theory of authenticity as the conceptual framework, the researchers explored authenticity as an authentic voice rather than a feature in materials provided by native speakers. The data were collect...
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یادداشت نویسنده کتاب بر ترجمه فارسی بیشتر مثال‌ها و پژوهش‌هایی که در این کتاب برای تبیین رابطه بین تنوع زبانی و عدالت اجتماعی آورده شده است از داده‌هایی است که در بافت زبانی کشورهای انگلیسی‌زبان و یا جوامع لیبرال-دموکرات گرفته شده‌اند. اما سؤال اساسی که در این کتاب جریان دارد برای همۀ کشورها، فارغ از نوع سیستم سیاسی آنها، قابل تعمیم است. اما برای...
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This survey investigated the cultural identity of Iranian English language teachers. Accordingly, a cultural identity model was proposed a priori, based on which a questionnaire was developed and piloted on 50 Iranian English language teachers (α = 0.87). The developed questionnaire was then administered to 636 male and female Iranian English langu...
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This survey investigated the cultural identity of Iranian English language teachers. Accordingly, a cultural identity model was proposed a priori, based on which a questionnaire was developed and piloted on 50 Iranian English language teachers (α = 0.87). The developed questionnaire was then administered to 636 male and female Iranian English langu...
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Drawing on a modified version of Delphi technique, the researchers in this study tried to develop a rubric comprising the main criteria to be considered in the evaluation of works of fiction. Review of the related literature, as well as the administration of a Likert scale questionnaire, and a series of unstructured interviews with experts in the f...
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This study investigated the role of literary texts in the development of Iranian English language learners' Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). To fulfill this general objective, an intercultural syllabus was designed for a fourteen-session course of American English short story at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. Theoretically...
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This study explored the conceptualization of socially just teaching in higher education. Participants were English language professors who were studied through a qualitative study. The data collected through interviews and memos were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis. Three themes were extracted: a critical stance, a dialogic and emergent...
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The current study investigated the attitudes of 140 Iranian English language learners toward World Englishes. The participants were required to listen to recordings of the same natural speech from a series of speakers with five different accents. The results showed that the participants had a more positive attitude toward American and British Engli...
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This paper reports on the diversity of languages displayed in the linguistic landscape of Julfa district, a largely Armenian dominated area, in the city of Isfahan in Iran. The data included a corpus of 323 photographs taken from the top-down and bottom-up signage in this quarter of the city. Ethnographic fieldwork was also conducted to reach a dee...
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This survey research investigated the attitude of Iranian Azeri native speakers towards Azeri language. A questionnaire was developed and its reliability was estimated (r = 0.74) through a piloting phase on 54 Azeri native speakers. The participants, for the main phase of this study, were 400 Azeri native speakers with different social and educatio...
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This chapter reviews and synthesizes the most applicable, useful, and practical methods and tools in researching identity in language and education. To this aim, this chapter starts with an introduction to the field of identity in language and education followed by early developments and major contributions. As the main focus of this chapter, the m...
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As a burgeoning research domain, Linguistic Landscape (LL) has recently received more attention in sociolinguistic studies. The publication of several books (Backhaus, 2007), edited volumes (e.g., Blackwood, Lanza & Woldemariam, 2016), and even an independent international journal (Journal of Linguistic Landscape) bears testimony to the vitality of...
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The increased diversity in students' cultural, language and ethnic backgrounds in schools and universities has created urgent demands for the recognition of interculturality in educational settings. The main objective of the present mixed-method research was to examine if interculturality can be promoted and enhanced through the implementation of m...
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This chapter reviews and synthesizes the most applicable, useful, and practical methods and tools in researching identity in language and education. To this aim, this chapter starts with an introduction to the field of identity in language and education followed by early developments and major contributions. As the main focus of this chapter, the m...
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What the Persian Media Says: A Coursebook, Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, London and New York: Routledge, 2015, ISBN 978-1-138-82556-7 x + 260 pp, (paperback). With the growing interest among non-Persian-speaking communities along with second-generation Persian-speaking families in diaspora to learn Persian, there has grown a pressing need to develop more...
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This survey research is part of a larger research project on the sociolinguistics of language and identity among Kurdish native speakers in Iran. In this study, a questionnaire was developed and validated by the researchers through a piloting phase on 90 Iranian Kurdish native speakers. Exploratory factor analysis was run, the results of which iden...
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Armenians are a small non-Persian minority group residing in different parts of Iran. Isfahan is one of the cities in which Armenians have their own community where they have their own church, neighborhood, and shops, hence furnishing them with the opportunity to better maintain their Armenian identity. The present research survey investigated the...
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The present study aimed at investigating the perception of GE and ESP students of Sharif University of Technology toward plagiarism, how their professors deal with this issue, and why they might plagiarize. The participants were 234 undergraduate students (164 male, 70 female) with a minimum age of 20 years old (SD = 1.81). The instrument used was...
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Selection of English textbooks is very important in EFL contexts like Iran. The purpose of this study was to analyze three English language textbooks for young English language learners (Up and Away, Connect, Family and Friends) currently used in language institutes in Tehran. All these textbooks are developed and published by international publish...
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English in post-revolutionary Iran is a pioneering piece of research about English Language Teaching (ELT) in Iran following the Iranian Revolution, providing a detailed historical account of the social, political, economic, and educational context of Iran from the Qajar Dynasty to the end of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency (1836–2013). The main f...
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One of the most salient written academic outputs a university student has the opportunity to create is a thesis which is regarded as “a complex student-produced research genre” (Lee & Casal, 2014). In order to compare the rhetorical features and preferences of distinct discourse communities and evaluate academic writing, a special and long-term att...
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The present study investigates the cultural and identity parameters manifested in the seventh grade English language textbook (Prospect 1) at Iranian schools. The primary focus of the study was on the characters, locales, apparel, foods, drinks, and professions presented in the book. The analysis of this textbook was based on content analysis, inte...
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The present study is a nationwide survey of language identity among English language learners in Iran. The participants who completed the survey in this research included 1851 English language learners from different parts of the country who belonged to different genders, age groups and English language proficiency levels. The main instrument was a...
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Argiris Archakis and Villy Tsakona’s book focuses on how identities are discursively constructed through different types of narratives. They employ conversation analysis and critical discourse analysis as tools to examine how conversational narratives contribute to the construction and manifestation of identity in language classrooms. Part I prese...
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This study investigated Iranian language students’ perception of and familiarity with plagiarism, their attitudes toward their professors regarding this issue, and their reasons for doing so. The participants were 122 undergraduate and graduate language students in Translation, Literature, TEFL, and Linguistics who filled out a validated and pilote...
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This study consisted of three main phases including the development of a hypothesised model of language identity in Iran, developing and validating a questionnaire based on this model and finally testing the model based on the questionnaire data. In the first phase of this research, a hypothesised model of language identity in Iran was developed ba...
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This is a case study exploring an Iranian English language learner’s identity within the Iranian EFL context and its potential relation with the success/failure and age of the learner. Also, the learner’s inclination to his Persian identity, cultural norms, values and pronunciation patterns is investigated. In order to do so, in-depth interviewing...
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This chapter introduces identity as an under research topic to the researchers within the field of applied linguistics. At first, identity is defined from different viewpoints and the underlying theories informing research within this area are explicated. Then, the research designs, tools, and methodologies related to this topic are discussed. Qual...
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Critical thinking, rooted in critical philosophy, has long been an influential part and parcel of Western education. The present study is an attempt to sketch the concept of critical thinking as a viable cornerstone in language education. First, a number of the definitions of the concept as posited by different scholars are put forth. Second, the t...
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This study examines the preferred vocabulary learning strategies of Iranian upper-intermediate EFL learners. In order to identify the aforementioned group in terms of language proficiency, a TOEFL test was administered to a population of 146 undergraduate EFL students at the university of Vali-e-Asr in Rafsanjan, Iran. Those scoring above 480 were...
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This quasi-experimental study investigated the effect of two types of Corrective Feedback (CF) in task-based grammar instruction (TBGI). After administering a Nelson test (for the intermediate) sixty participants out of one hundred were selected from the intact classes. These sixty participants were randomly assigned to three groups: recast, metali...
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The last few years have witnessed the introduction of assessment terminologies into the language evaluation research discussion, elucidating not merely a semantic change but a profound conceptual one, with 'assessment' construed to be an overarching term used to refer to 'all methods and approaches to testing and evaluation whether in research stud...
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In the realm of language teaching, error correction has a long and contentious history. Some schools of thought like nativism refute error correction while others firmly adhere to error correction and regard error as a sin that should be avoided. This dilemma bewilders TEFL practitioners and teachers how to treat errors. Due to the controversial na...
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Having been teachers for some years, the researchers have appreciated the paramount significance and vicarious experience of being indulged in the world of literature. Astonishingly enough, quite a few teachers in junior high schools and high schools in Iran and elsewhere have acknowledged the indispensable role of literature to ameliorate learners...
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This paper is a review of literature on how literature can be integrated as a language teaching material in EFL/ESL classes. First, it tracks down the place of literature in language classes from the early Grammar Translation Method (GTM) to Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) era. The paper then discusses the reasons for the demise and resurrect...
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Recent research has revealed huge interest in pursuing studies on teachers’ cognition. The present paper is a case study designed to investigate a pre-service teacher’s beliefs about corrective feedback at the Iran Language Institute (henceforth ILI). To do so, a pre-service teacher called Ali (a fictitious name) volunteered to participate in this...
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The researchers in this study developed a Multiple-choice Discourse Completion Test (MDCT) to assess the pragmatic knowledge of Iranian EFL learners in relation to the speech acts of request and apology in EFL classrooms. The development process involved several steps. The first step was exemplar generation. Ninety three Iranian EFL learners at two...

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