The Role of Learning-oriented Language Assessment in Promoting Interactional Metadiscourse in Ectenic and Synoptic EFL Learners

Rajab Esfandiari; Omid Allaf-Akbary

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 03 March 2024

  In recent decades, undivided attention has been drawn to the examination of metadiscourse in different contexts, genres, languages, and disciplines. Nevertheless, a large body of research has been predominantly centred on the qualitative examination of potential metadiscourse markers and their associated ...  Read More

Syntactic Complexity and Communicative Moves of Applied Linguistics Research Article Abstracts: A Function-first Approach

Rajab Esfandiari; Mohammad Ahmadi; Aynur Ismayilli Karakoç

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2023, , Pages 95-117

  There is currently a growing tendency to a meaning-based approach to the analysis of syntactic complexity in academic writing. While previous studies have offered illuminating insights into linguistic realizations of rhetorical structures in relation to syntactic complexity, they have typically analyzed ...  Read More

Severity Differences across Proficiency Levels among Peer-assessors

Shahla Rasouli; Rajab Esfandiari

Volume 9, Issue 2 , April 2022, , Pages 173-196

  Over the past few years, peer-assessment, as an alternative assessment procedure, has drawn the attention of many researchers. In the study, it was attempted to find what kinds of language components peer-assessors attend to when rating their peers' essays and to investigate whether proficiency levels ...  Read More

Comparative Analysis of Engagement Markers in Research Article Introductions and Conclusions

Zarrin Khatibi; Rajab Esfandiari

Volume 8, Issue 3 , July 2021, , Pages 1-24

  In the last few decades, the interpersonal aspect of academic writing has been stressed in English for academic purposes (EAP). This corpus-based study has focused on cross-cultural and cross-contextual analysis of engagement markers in English Physics research articles (RA) written by American English ...  Read More

Attitudes of Language Teachers toward Multiple-Choice Item Writing Guidelines: An Exploratory Factor Analysis

Mahdi Ganji; Rajab Esfandiari

Volume 7, Issue 3 , July 2020, , Pages 115-140

  Previous research has shown that the construction of multiple-choice (MC) items is a very difficult task. As such, textbook writers have proposed some guidelines to help item writers to write more effective items. However, such guidelines reflect the intuition of their writers, and most of them are not ...  Read More

How Predictable Ratings are: The Role of Personality Traits

Rajab Esfandiari

Volume 6, Issue 3 , August 2019, , Pages 55-33

  Previous research has shown that raters’ personality characteristics exert an influence on their ratings, skewing the results and invalidating the decisions made about students’ future life. Although the exact mechanism of these factors, their precise effect on ratings, and the interaction ...  Read More

Iranian EFL Raters’ Cognitive Processes in Rating IELTS Speaking Tasks: The Effect of Expertise

Rajab Esfandiari; Payam Noor

Volume 5, Issue 2 , May 2018, , Pages 41-76

  Variations in rating the EFL learners’ oral performance are often attributed to the variations in the raters’ cognitive processes. Han’s (2016) 4-stage processing model was used to examine what cognitive processes expert and novice raters follow to rate a recorded response to the IELTS ...  Read More

Self-Regulated Learning Strategies as Predictors of Reading Comprehension

Abbas Ali Zarei; Rajab Esfandiari; Azam Akbari

Volume 3, Issue 2 , May 2016, , Pages 34-21

  The present study was conducted to investigate the relationship between self-regulated learning strategies and reading comprehension of Iranian EFL learners. The participants of the study were 119 Iranian B.A. and M.A. students majoring in English at Imam Khomeini International University in Qazvin and ...  Read More

A corpus-driven investigation into lexical bundles across research articles in Food Science and Technology

Rajab Esfandiari; Ghodsieh Tavakoli Moein

Volume 3, Issue 1 , February 2016, , Pages 30-1

  The purpose of this study was twofold: (a) to identify the most frequent 4-word lexical bundles and (b) to analyse the functions these lexical bundles may serve. To those ends, a corpus of 4,652,444 in Food Science and Technology (hereafter FST Corpus) was developed, using 1,421 research articles (RAs) ...  Read More