Aspects of the Impact of Language Tests on Students’ Lifeworld: An Analysis of the Iranian B.A. University Entrance Exam Based on Habermas’s Social Theory

Alireza Ahmadi; Seyyed Abbas Mousavi

Volume 4, Issue 2 , April 2017, Pages 31-1

  Testing has been so intrinsically bound to today’s modern life whose foregone consequences are often taken for granted and is accepted widely as unavoidable side effects or sometimes even desired effects of an inevitable social event. The aim of this study is to investigate the aspects of the impact ...  Read More

Cross-Cultural Study of EFL/ESL Learners’ Request Strategies

Mahmood Hashemian; Maryam Farhang-Ju

Volume 4, Issue 2 , April 2017, Pages 45-33

  Differences in nonnative speakers’ pragmatic performance may lead to serious communication problems. Although previous research has investigated different types of request strategies employed by English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL) learners, little is known whether they use different ...  Read More

EFL Learners' Learning and Retention of Phrasal Verbs and Lexical Collocations: Contributions from Formative Assessment

Zohreh Seifoori; Heidar Ahmadi

Volume 4, Issue 2 , April 2017, Pages 62-47

  EFL learners’ difficulty in effectively learning and using phrasal verbs and lexical collocations might be attributed to the purely product-oriented teaching and assessment techniques used in public schools. This study aimed to investigate the impact of oral questions and written quizzes as two ...  Read More

Task-Based Reading Course for EFL Teacher Trainees with Different Experiential Learning Styles: A Transformative Orientation

Amin Khanjani; Fereidoon Vahdany; Manoochehr Jafarigohar

Volume 4, Issue 2 , April 2017, Pages 78-63

  Teacher education programs are ought to deal with the issue of language proficiency. Moreover, finding appropriate framework to help prospective teachers with different learning styles to transform the acquired knowledge and skills into actual teaching practice is highly promising. Task Based Instruction ...  Read More

The Influence of Strategic Mediation on Novice EFL Teachers’ Pedagogical Knowledge

Shiva Kaivanpanah; Abbas Ali Rezaee; Morteza Neamatollahi

Volume 4, Issue 2 , April 2017, Pages 107-89

  Different from one-way provision of knowledge in transmission-based approaches, recent approaches to teacher education consider learning as a consequence of teachers’ active engagement in social practices. Prior studies have provided important insights into how sociocultural theory (SCT) works ...  Read More

Process of EFL Learners’ Politeness Markers Development: A Sociocultural Perspective

Rasoul Mohammad Hosseinpur; Reza Bagheri Nevisi

Volume 4, Issue 2 , April 2017, Pages 129-109

  In spite of the crucial function of the politeness markers in the appropriate communication of the language learners, teachability of these markers has not received due attention in the pragmatic studies. Drawing upon House and Kasper’s (1981) influential taxonomy of politeness markers, the present ...  Read More