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Scientific Position:
Associate Professor of  Applied Linguistics  
Address:

 No. 43 Shahid Mofatteh St., Department of Foreign Languages, Kharazmi University , Tehran , Iran

Phone:
  + 98  21 88304896     Fax :      + 98  21 88306651
Email:
 atai@khu.ac.ir

Personal Webpage:

Education
Ph.D.:

      in TEFL from University of Isfahan, Iran, 2000

M.Sc.:

    in TEFL from University of Isfahan, Iran , 1994

B.Sc.:

   in TEFL , University of Sistan & Baluchistan, Iran, 1986

Honors

 

Distinguished researcher of  Kharazmi University, October 2011

Distinguished professor of Kharazmi University : May 2009

Distinguished researcher of Kharazmi University : May 2005

Distinguished high school teacher at Khorasan Province : May 1987, May 1988, May 1989

 

Responsibilities

Head of  ELT & ESP Department, SAMT (Ministry of Science, Research and Technology).

 

 Director and Editor of  Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics (IJAL).

 

  

 

                  

                  

 

Research Interests

 EFL/ESL/ ESP/EAP curriculum planning & syllabus design

 EFL/ESL teacher Education

 EFL program evaluation

Discourse analysis and reading comprehension

Genre analysis and ESAP reading

Intercultural competence and EFL instruction

Courses
  MA & Ph.D. Courses ( TEFL):

                             Principles of EFL teaching methodology                                  

                             Teaching foreign language skills & components

                             Principles of research in applied linguistics/TEFL

                             Curriculum planning &  Syllabus design in TEFL/TESL

                             Seminar on TEFL/TESL issues

                             English For Specific Purposes (ESP)

  BA English courses:

    Writing ( general, elementary, advanced, letter writing, paper writing)

     Reading comprehension ,  Listening & Speaking

     Teaching ( Principles of ELT teaching methodology, Teaching foreign language  

       Skills , Practical Teaching)

     Research methodology

      EFL/ESL Testing

      EFL Program evaluation and materials preparation 

Selected Publications

Atai, M. R.  (forthcoming). Exploring practices and cognitions of Iranian ELT instructors and subject teachers in teaching EAP reading comprehension. English for Specific Purposes. (Coauthored with M. Fatahi Majd).

Atai, M. R.  (forthcoming).  Assessing academic and professional English language needs of Iranian railway engineering students: a triangulated evaluation study. ESP Across Cultures. (Coauthored with A. Asadi). 

Atai, M.R. (forthcoming). ELT Curriculum in Iran: Planning and practice. Journal of Curriculum. (Coauthored with F.  Mazlum). 

Atai, M.R. (forthcoming). Revisiting the dichotomy between qualitative and quantitative research: Mixed-method designs in applied linguistics. TELL (Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature Society of Iran). (Coauthored with E. Babaii & S.M.R. Hashemi). 

Atai, M.R. (forthcoming). Mainstream ELT curriculum implementation in Iran: A micro analysis perspective. TELL (Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature Society of Iran). (Coauthored with F. Mazlum). 

Atai, M.R. (forthcoming). Evaluating the effectiveness of explicit and implicit form-focused instruction on explicit and implicit knowledge of EFL learners. Issues in Language Teaching Journal. (Coauthored with M. Ghorbani). 

Atai, M.R. (forthcoming). The relationship between Iranian English teachers’ sense of self-efficacy in teaching grammar and their personality types, gender, and experience.  In Baleghizadeh, S. (Ed.). Second language teaching: Skills and components. Tehran: Shahid Beheshti University Press.

  Atai, M. R.  (2013). Iranian EAP stakeholders’ attitudes towards using the Internet in EAP courses for civil engineering students: Promises and challenges. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 26(1), 21-38 . (Coauthored with R. Dashtestani). 

Atai, M.R. (2013). English for the Students of Social Sciences. Tehran: SAMT Publications. (Coauthored with L. Shoja, & M. Kafshgar).

 

Atai, M.R.(2013). English for Specific Purposes: International trends and Middle East concerns. In Akbari, R. & Coombe, C. (Eds.), The Middle East handbook of applied linguistics. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: TESOL Arabia.  

Atai, M.R. (2012). Democracy in computer-mediated communication: communication styles, amount of participation, and gender in professional listservs. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 881-888. (Coauthored with F. Chahkandi). 

Atai, M. R.  (2012). Exploring visual and textual discourse of applied linguistics PowerPoint conference presentations.  ESP Across Cultures, 9, 7-26. (Coauthored with H. Talebzadeh). 

Atai, M.R. (2012). Genre analysis of applied linguistics research article introductions: Exploring sub-disciplinary variations. Taiwan International ESP Journal, 4(1), 25-38.  (Coauthored with P. Habibie). 

Atai, M.R. (2012). The effect of the combination of small-group conferencing and portfolio procedure on EFL students' writing accuracy. Journal of Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning, 6(2), 97-112. (Coauthored with M. Alipour). 

Atai, M. R.  (2012). Exploring genre variations in research article introductions within a single sub-discipline: EOP versus EAP. Asian ESP Journal, 8(1), 6-23. (Coauthored with A. Sahraneshin Samani). 

Atai, M. R.  (2012). Vocabulary depth, breadth and syntactic knowledge: Which one is a stronger predictor of foreign language reading performance? Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 15(1), 1-18. (Coauthored with F. Nikuinezhad). 

Atai, M. R.  (2011). Exploring Reading Comprehension Needs of Iranian EAP Students of Health Information Management (HIM): A Triangulated perspective. System, 39(1), 30-43. (Coauthored with O. Nazari). 

Atai, M. R.  (2011). A triangulated study of academic language needs of Iranian students of computer engineering:  Are the courses on track? RELC Journal, 42(3), 305-323. (Coauthored with L. Shoja). 

Atai, M. R. (2011). Exploring the role of vocabulary depth and semantic set in EFL learners’ vocabulary use in writing. TELL (Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature Society of Iran). (Coauthored with A. Dabbagh)

Atai, M.R. (2010). The effect of portfolio approach and genre-based pedagogy on listening comprehension of Iranian EFL learners.  TELL (Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature Society of Iran). (Coauthored with S. Ghotbeldin).

Atai, M. R.  (2010).The effect of genre-consciousness-raising tasks on Iranian EFL learners’ listening comprehension performance. The Journal of Asia TEFL,7(3). (Coauthored with M. B. Khatibi).

 

Atai, M. R.  (2010). A gender-based study of informal fallacies of argumentation: The case of Advanced Iranian EFL learners’ writing. Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 13(2), 19-45.(Coauthored with M. Nasseri).

 

Atai, M. R.  (2010).The Contribution of Perceptual, Linguistic, and Cognitive Processing Skills to Early EFL Reading Development. The Iranian EFL Journal, 6(1), 7-26 (Coauthored with M. Saberi). 

 

Atai, M.R. (2010). Argumentative writing and gender: Selection of evidence types by Iranian advanced learners. Proceedings of The First Conference on ELT  in the Islamic World. ILI, Tehran, Iran.(Coauthored with M. Nasseri)

 

Atai, M. R.  (2009). Iranian EFL Teachers’ attitudes towards Teaching Methods and Materials of High School English Textbooks. Journal of Education, 4(4), 115-131.( Coauthored with M. Gheitanchian). 

 

Atai, M. R.  (2009). On the representation of Iran’s post-resolution nuclear issues in American news editorials: A critical discourse analytic perspective. The Iranian EFL Journal, 5(1), 20-45. ( Coauthored with H. Rezaie Adriani).

 

Atai, M.R. (2009). Reading Through Skills (RTS ). Tehran: Rahnama Press. (Coauthored with H.R. Moini Asl & M. Tasnimi ).

 Atai, M. R.  ( 2009). On the Effect of Text Authenticity & Genre on EFL Learners' Performance  in C-Tests.  Pajouhesh-e zabanha-ye Khareji Jounal, University of Tehran, No. 49, Speciall Issue, English, pp 109-123. ( Coauthored with M. Soleimany).

 Atai, M.R.(2008). Task-based strategy assessment : The effect of task difficulty on listening strategy use of advanced EFL learners. The Journal of Asia TEFL, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 199-223. ( Coauthored with S.M.R. Hashemi)

Atai, M.R.. ( 2008).  A Cross-Cultural Genre Study of Hedging Devices in Discussion Section of Applied linguistics Research Articles. TELL ( Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature Society of Iran),  Vol. 2 , No. 7, pp. 1-22 . ( Coauthored with L. Sadr ).

Atai, M.R.(2007). Genre Analysis : An investigation of the structure of research article results & discussion and collocational frameworks in medical research Articles. Proceedings of the 6th International AELFE Conference : Teaching and Learning LSP : Blurring the Boundaries. ISCAL, Lisboa, Portugal. ( Coauthored with A. Dianatdoust)

Atai, M.R.(2007). A needs analysis study of Iranian graduate ESAP students of Humanities : A triangulated perspective. Proceedings of the 6th International AELFE Conference : Teaching and Learning LSP : Blurring the Boundaries. ISCAL, Lisboa, Portugal. ( Coauthored with A. Mohammadzadeh)

Atai, M.R. ( 2007). The effect of semantic mapping strategy instruction on vocabulary learning of Iranian Intermediate EFL students. Journal of the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of Tabriz University . ( Coauthored with M.H. Keshavarz,and S. Mosahabi)

Atai, M.R. (2007). Content schemata, linguistic simplification, and EFL learners' comprehension and recall. Reading in a Foreign Language, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 19-33.      ( Coauthored with M.H. Keshavarz, & H. Ahmadi)

Atai, M.R. ( 2007). A Contrastive Study of Generic Organization of Research Article Introductions Written by Iranian and English Writers in Applied Linguistics. TELL, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 13-35. ( Coauthored with M.H. Keshavarz & V. Barzagar).

Atai, M.R. (2006). The role of EFL learners' heterogeneity in terms of age in their use of communication strategies.Pajouhesh-e zabanha-ye Khareji Jounal, University of Tehran, No. 27, Speciall Issue, English, pp 107-221 ( Coauthored with Y. Ghelichli).  

 

Atai, M. (2006). The Effect of Portfolio Assessment on Metacognitive Reading Strategy Awareness of Iranian EFL Students Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 1-25. ( Coauthored with F Nikuinezhad)

 Atai, M.R.( 2006 ).Iranian EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of the Efficiency of Short-Term In-service Teacher Education Programs. Roshd Foreign Language Teaching Journal,No. 79, Vol. 20,pp. 33-40 . ( Coauthored with N. Khaki) 

Atai, M.R. ( 2006 ). EAP Teacher Education : Searching for an effective model integrating Content & language teachers’ schemes. Proceedings of  PAAL Conference,pp.23-41. Kangwong National University, Chuncheon, Korea.

 Atai, M.R. ( 2005 ). The Effect of Direct and Metacognitive Instruction for Vocabulary Memorization Strategies on Vocabulary Learning and Recall of Intermediate EFL Learners : Exploring CALL and Vocabulary Learning. Proceedings of JALTCALL 2005 Conference,pp. 161-165. Ritsumeikan University, Shiga, Japan. ( Coauthored with M.R. Yaghubi)  

Atai M.R.(2005). The impact of  self , peer, and teacher evaluation on EFL students’ writing performance. Proceedings of  PAAL Conference, pp. 31-39. Edinburgh, UK, August 2005.( Coauthored with B. Meratzadeh)   

Atai, M. R.(2004). The Effect of Sentence Writing versus Multiple Exposures in Different Contexts on EFL Learners’ Acquisition of Idioms. Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.45-62. ( Coauthored with  I Akbarian & M. Afzali Shahri)

  

Atai, M R. (2004). The effect of Short and Extended Contexts in Different Genres( News & Conversation) on the EFL Learners’ listening comprehension performance. Roshd Foreign Language Teaching Journal, Vol. 18, No. 70, pp. 37 -46 . ( Coauthored with M. Amiri ).

 

Atai, M. R. ( 2003 ).The effect of exposure on EFL learmers’acquisition of idioms with reference to proficiency levels. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics,Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 21 – 34. ( Coauthored with I Akbarian ).

 

Atai, M.R.(2003 ). The impact of explicit instruction of the frequent grammatical patterns of ESM written discourse on ESP students’ reading comprehension. Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics Vol. 6, No. 1, pp.57-69. ( Coauthored with S. Anbarshahi )

 

Atai, M.R. (2003). Assessment of the Status of ESP in the Current Iranian Higher Educational System. Proceedings of the 14th European Symposium on Language for Special Purposes : Communication, culture, and knowledge. University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. ( Coauthored with M.H. Tahririan ).

 

Atai, M.R. ( 2002 ). ESP methodology revisited: A genre-based reading comprehension course for the students of dentistry. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 28 ,No. 1, pp. 77-90.

 Atai, M.R. ( 2002 ). ESAP curriculum planning in Iran: An incoherent educational experience.  Special  Issue of the Journal of Persian Literature and Human Sciences of Tehran Teache Training University, Vol. 1, pp.  17-34. 

Atai, M.R. (2002). Iranian EAP Programs in Practice : A study of Key Methodological Aspects. Sheikhbahaee Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1 – 15.

 

Atai, M.R. (2002).English for the students of theology and Islamic sciences. Tehran: SAMT. ( Coauthored with H. Vahid ).

 Atai,M.R.(2000).The effect of explicit instruction of discourse structure on EAP learners’ reading comprehension performance. Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics , Vol. 4, No.2, pp. 19-35. ( Coauthored with A Afghari ).

 Atai, M.R. (1999). The role of discourse elements in determining the readability of texts. TESL Reporter, Vol.32, No. 1,pp.16-27. ( Coauthored with R. Akbari & H. Marefat). 

 Papers presented at inter/national conferences: 

 

Atai, M. R. (2013). Renewing EAP materials and methodologies: Insights from discourse analysis, genre analysis and corpus linguistics. Keynote speech presented at Second National Conference on Language, Discourse and Pragmatics (LDP) January 2013, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran. 

Atai, M. R. (2012). Towards a coherent national academic literacy curriculum: The missing links between literacy education in Farsi and academic literacy education in English. Keynote speech presented at The 1st Conference on Language Learning & Teaching (An Interdisciplinary Approach) October, 2012, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.

 Atai, M. R. (2012). Academic literacy education in an EFL context: Theoretical background, future prospects and unresolved issues. Invited lecture presented at TESOL Persia Conference, Tehran Millad Tower, Tehran, Iran. 

Atai, M. R. (2012). Iranian teachers' views on educational philosophies of Dewey, Rousseau, and Aristotle. Paper presented at The 1st Conference on Language Learning & Teaching (An Interdisciplinary Approach) October, 2012, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran. (Coauthored with F. Mazlum). 

 Atai, M. R. (2012). Evaluation, personnel, and method policies in Iran's English language-in-education policy. Paper presented at The 10th International TELLSI Conference, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (Coauthored with F. Mazlum). 

 Atai, M. R. (2012). Lexical bundles in linguistics articles: Exploring writer, subgenre and subdisipline variations. Paper presented at CTAL-2012 Conference, Xian Jiatong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China (Coauthored with F. Tabandeh).  

Atai, M. R. (2011). EAP instructional system in Iran: Towards a national reform in materials development. Paper presented at Innovative Approaches to Second Language Teaching (IASLT), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

 Atai, M. R. (2011). The effect of genre-based pedagogy and portfolio assessment on listening comprehension of Iranian EFL learners. Paper presented at The Conference on Innovative Approaches to Second Language Teaching (IASLT), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.(Coauthored with S. Ghotbeldin). 

Atai, M. R. (2011). Exploring Iranian EAP teachers' practices and cognitions regarding teaching reading comprehension and vocabulary. Paper presented at The TELLSI Conference, University of Ilam, Iran (Coauthored with M. Fatahi Majd).  

Atai, M. R. (2011). Exploring the role of vocabulary depth and semantic set in EFL learners’ vocabulary use in writing. Paper presented at The TELLSI Conference, University of Ilam, Iran (Coauthored with A. Dabbagh)

Atai, M.R. (2011). Academic literacy education in an EFL context: Theoretical background future prospects and unresolved issues. Paper presentaed at The First International TESOL Persia Conference: Research and Specialization in Applied Linguistics. October, 2011, Tehran, Iran.

Atai, M.R.(2010). A Genre-based letter writing course for Iranian students of business . Paper presented at The Second Conference of the Asia-Pacific Rim: Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2010.    

Atai, M.R.(2010). An operational profile of the present and target needs of  Iranian ESAP students of science . Paper presented at The Second Conference of the Asia-Pacific Rim: Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2010. ( Coauthored with A. Khanjani )    

Atai, M.R.(2009). Revisiting the Status of CALL and ESAP in Iran : Potentials and Obstacles. Paper presented at XVII Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes : Methods and Aims. University of Aarhus, Denmark,  August 2009.   

Atai, M.R..(2009). A Genre Analysis of ESP Research Article Introductions(EOP Versus EAP ). Paper presented at International Conference on grammar and text, Lisboa, July 2009 ( Coauthored with A.  Sahraneshin Samani).

 Atai, M.R. (2009). Designing a coherent vocational course based on systematic needs assessment :  A triangulated perspective. Paper presented at Congress of vocational and technical education in the Islamic countries,  June 2009, Istanbul, Turkey.  

Atai, M.R. (2008). A critical discourse(CDA) study of the Iranian reading courses for students of media studies. Paper presented at GlobE 2008 : Critical Discourse Analysis and Global Media. Warsaw, September 2008.

  Atai, M.R. (2008). Genre analysis of research article introductions across ESP, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. Paper presented at International Conference on Literature, Languages, & Linguistics, July , 2008, Athens, Greece ( Coauthored with P. Habibie ).

Atai, M.R. ( 2007). Critical thinking, CDA, and the current Iranian ESAP curriculum : Where is the missing link ? Paper presented at TELLSI Conference , July  2007, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.

 Atai, M.R. ( 2007). Educational value systems and the Iranian ELT curriculum renewal : Reexamining the case of undergraduate reading comprehension courses. Paper presented at TELLSI Conference , February 2007, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.   

Atai, M.R.  (2007) . Task-based strategy assessment : The effect of task difficulty on listening strategy use of Iranian advanced EFL learners. Paper presented at TELLSI Conference , February 2007, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran( Coauthored with M.R. Hashemi).   

Atai , M.R. (2007).The impact of diary writing on EFL college students' writing improvements and attitudes. Paper presented at TELLSI Conference , February  2007, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. ( Coauthored with H. Barjasteh). 

 Atai, M.R. (2005).A Cross-cultural Sociopragmatic Study of Requests among Armenian-Persian Bilinguals and Persian Native Speakers. Paper presented at   'Towards Intercultural Communication Competence in Europe and Beyond'.  Koper, Slovenia, June, 2005.  

Atai, M.R. ( 2005).  Revisiting ESAP Methodology in Iran : Challenges and suggestions. Paper presented at 'ESP Conference , 2005', SAMT, Tehran, Iran, June 2005. 

 Atai,M.R. .(2005).  An Evaluation of Writing Courses for Tourism in Iran. Paper presented at 'ESP Conference , SAMT, Tehran, Iran ( Coauthored with M. Hosseini.).  

 Atai,M.R. (2004).  EFL Learners Test-wiseness Strategies, Reading Strategies, and Test Performance. Paper  Presented at PAC5 FEELTA : Sharing Challenges, Sharing Solutions : Teaching Languages in Diverse Contexts. Far Eastern University, Vladivostok, Russia( Coauthored with N. Ghafournia). 

 Atai, M.R. (2004).  Transfer of Reading Strategies from L1(Persian) to L2(English).  Paper presented at PAC5 FEELTA : Sharing Challenges, Sharing Solutions : Teaching Languages in Diverse Contexts. Far Eastern University, Vladivostok, Russia ( Coauthored with H. Talebi). 

 Atai,M.R.  (2003). Revisiting ESAP textbooks in Iran: A genre-based approach to  EAP  reading instruction. Paper presented at the Second Conference on  Issues in English Language Teaching in Iran. University of Tehran,  May, 2003.

 

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