This publication provides an informed overview of English Language Teaching (ELT) in the Islamic Republic of Iran from the viewpoint of local practitioners and researchers, for the enrichment of ELT professionals worldwide. The volume covers language policy, syllabus and materials design, methodology, and teacher and trainer training, with examples drawn from the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, and from public and private sectors. The linkage between topics, levels and sectors provides a fascinating mosaic of ELT developments in Iran. 

We hope this volume’s content will provide a state-of-the-art baseline of interest and use to those outside Iran, and will encourage others working inside Iran to continue to explore local connections between ELT theory and practice. We hope too that it will remind readers that their concerns, at first sight seemingly specific to their own local context, may have much in common with other situations, and that the global ELT profession shares unexpected similarities.  


  • To teach or not to teach? Still an open question for the Iranian education system.
  • A glimpse of contrasting de jure–de facto ELT policies in Iran.
  • How have political and socio-economic issues impacted on the motivation of Iranian university students to learn English? 
  • Needs analysis for General English courses: a model for setting priorities. 
  • Developing school English materials for the new Iranian educational system. 
  • The impact of language games on the nature of interactions in the Iranian EFL primary classroom.
  • EFL learners’ and teachers’ perceptions versus performances of participatory structures. 
  • Peer collaboration in L2 writing: an Iranian experience.
  • Migrant literature and teaching English as an international language in Iran.
  • Candles lighting up the journey of learning: teachers of English in Iran.
  • MA TEFL programmes in Iran: change in a globalised era.
  • Feedback type preferred by Iranian EFL teachers in post-observation meetings. 
  • Effecting methodological change through a trainer-training project: a tale of insider-outsider collaboration. 


  • Ferdows Aghagolzadeh, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
  • Shahrzad Ardavani, Teacher of English, Tehran, Iran
  • Sasan Baleghizadeh, Assistant Professor of TEFL, Department of English Language and Literature, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
  • Martin Cortazzi, Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK
  • Hossein Davari, Lecturer in English, Damghan University, Iran
  • Philip Durrant, Lecturer in Language Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK
  • Farinaz Fartash, MA graduate, Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
  • Elham Foroozandeh, Assistant Professor of ELT and Literature, Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Mohammad Forouzani, Assistant Professor of ELT and Literature, Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Qom, Iran
  • Mostafa Hasrati, Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, University of Bath, UK
  • Julia Hüttner, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton, UK
  • Lixian Jin, Professor of Linguistics and Intercultural Learning, Director, Centre for Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning (CIRCL), De Montfort University, UK
  • Shiva Kaivanpanah, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Sepideh Khodakarami, MA graduate, English Language Education, Alzahra, University, Tehran, Iran
  • Sue Leather, Director, Sue Leather Associates, ELT Consultancy and Training, Vancouver, Canada
  • Li Li, Senior Lecturer and Director, MEd in TESOL, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK
  • Golnar Mazdayasna, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Yazd University, Iran
  • Alireza Memari Hanjani, Lecturer, Department of English, Eslamshahr Islamic Azad University, Iran
  • Seyyed-Abdolhamid Mirhosseini, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
  • Mona Mohabbatsafa, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Education, University of Southampton, UK
  • Gholam Ali Molaei, High School Teacher of English, Yazd, Iran
  • Khalil Motallebzadeh, Associate Professor, Islamic Azad University, Torbat-e-Heydarieh and Mashhad Branches, Iran 
  • Majid Nemati, Associate Professor, Head, English Language and Literature Department, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Zohreh Seifoori, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
  • Parvaneh Tavakoli, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, University of Reading, UK
  • Samaneh Zandian, Postgraduate Researcher, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK

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