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Department of Linguistics

Associate Professor Mehdi Riazi

BA and MA Shiraz University; Ph.D. University of Toronto, Canada

Before joining the Department of Linguistics of Macquarie University in July 2009, I worked as lecturer, senior lecturer (assistant professor), and associate professor at Shiraz University, Iran where I taught and supervised postgraduate and doctoral students of English as a foreign language. Currently, I convene three units (APPL902, APPL924, and APPL701) of postgraduate and master of research (Mres) programs in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University where I also supervise Mres and doctoral students' theses. I have supervised to completion over 40 masters theses and 20 PhD dissertations (14 at Shiraz University and 6 at Macquarie University). The focus of my research is in second language education including issues related to curriculum, methodology, and assessment.  

Research Projects

  • Language Testing and Assessment
    • Test Validation
  • Literacy in a Second Language
    • Second language Writing
    • Reading in English as a Second or Foreign Language
  • Second Language Learning and Teaching
    • Curriculum Development and Evaluation
    • Language Learning Strategies
  • Text Analysis
  • Teacher Education


Recent Publications

Riazi, A.M. (in press). The Routledge Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. London: Routledge.

Johnson, R.C., & Riazi, A.M. (2015). Accuplacer Companion in a foreign language context: An argument-based validation of both test score meaning and impact. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 4(1), 31-58.

Riazi, A.M., & Candlin, C.N. (2014). Mixed-methods research in language teaching and learning: Opportunities, issues and challenges. Language Teaching, 47, 135-173.

Leaper, D., & Riazi, A.M. (2014). The influence of prompt on group oral tests. Language Testing, 31(2), 177-204.

Townley, A., & Riazi, A.M. (2014). Analysis of authentic legal negotiation: Implications for teaching contract negotiation to undergraduate law students. International Journal of Language Studies, 8(4), 49-76.

Riazi, A.M. (2013). Concurrent and predictive validity of Pearson (Academic) test. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment (PLTA), 2(2), 1-27.

Riazi, A.M., & Knox, J. (2013). An investigation of the relations between test-takers' first language and the discourse of written performance on the IELTS Academic Writing Test, Task 2 . ISSN 2201-2982. IELTS Research Report Series, No.2, 2013   ©

Murray, J., Riazi, A.M., & Cross, J. (2012). Test candidates' attitudes and their relationship to demographic and experiential variables: The case of overseas trained teachers in NSW, Australia. Language Testing, 29(4), 577-595.

Alhaqbani, A., & Riazi, A.M.(2012). Metacognitive awareness of reading strategy use in Arabic as a second language. Reading in a Foreign Language, 24(2), 231-255.

Heydari, P., & Riazi, A.M. (2012). Readability of Texts: Human Evaluation versus Computer Index. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 3 (1), 177-190.

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Book Chapters (B2)

  • Ling, A., Wang, W., Akamatsu, N., and Riazi, A.M. (2005). International TESOL Professionals and Teaching English for Glocalized Communication (TEGCOM). In A. S. Canagarajah (Ed.), Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy and Practice (pp. 197-225). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associations, Publishers. ISBN: 0-8058-4593-3
  • Riazi, A.M. (2005). The Four Language Stages in the History of Iran. In A. Lin and P. Martin (Eds.), Decolonization, Globalization: Language-in-Education Policy and Practice (pp. 98-115 ). Clevedon, U.K.: Multilingual Matters. ISBN: 1-85359-825-9

Books Translated from English to Persian

  • Riazi, A.M., & Rafie, H. (2000). Answer Book of Astronomy (by Ian Nicolson). Mashhad: Astan Quods Publications.
  • Riazi, A.M. (2001). Teach Your Children How to Think (by Edward de Bono). Tehran: Peik-e Bahar Publications.
  • Riazi, A.M., & Veisi, H. (2010). An Introduction to Social Constructionism (by Vivien Burr). Tehran : Sirvan Publications.

Published Articles in Refereed Journals (C1)

  1. Riazi, A. M. (1996). Project‑based Curriculum: A Step Toward Changing Teaching and
    Learning. Iranian Research in Education, 5 & 6, 85‑99.
  2. Riazi, A. M., Lessard‑Clouston, M. and Cumming, A. (1996). Observing ESL Writing Instruction. Journal of Intensive English Studies, 10, 19‑31.
  3. Riazi, A. M. (1997).(ISI) Acquiring Disciplinary Literacy. Journal of Second Language Writing, 6(2), 105‑137.
  4. Cumming, A., and Riazi, A. M. (2000). (ISI) Building Models of Adult Second Language Writing Instruction. Learning and Instruction, 10, 55‑71.
  5. Riazi, A. M., and Assar, F. (2001). A Text Analysis of Persian Newspapers Editorials.
    Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities of Shiraz University, 31 & 32, 175-192.
  6. Riazi, A.M., and Fiangol, P. (2002). A Genre Analysis of Academic Articles in Humanities. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities of Shiraz University, 35, 1-16.
  7. Shahini, G.H. and Riazi, A.M. (2001). A Needs Assessment for EAP Courses at Shiraz University. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 27, 147-155.
  8. Riazi, A.M. and Mir, F. (2002). Sentence Combining Plus: Its Effect on Students' Writing Quality and Strategy Use. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 6(1), 231-237.
  9. Lin, A., Wang, W., Akamatsu, N., & Riazi, A.M. (2002). Appropriating English, expanding identities, and re-visioning the field: From TESOL to Teaching English for Glocalized Communication (TEGCOM). Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 1(4), 295-316.
  10. Riazi, A.M. (2003). The invisible in translation: The role of text structure in translation. Journal of Translation, 7, 1-8.
  11. Riazi, A.M., & Razmjou, L. (2004). Developing some guidelines for the curriculum planning of the BA program in Translation. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 21(1), 28-39.
  12. Riazi, A.M., & Alvari, A. (2004). Strategy activation in learning English words. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 6(2), 199-203.
  13. Riazi, A.M., & Mihankhah, F. (2004). Collocations in Persian language. Kerman University Journal of Humanities, 15, 87-102.
  14. Mehrpour, S., & Riazi, A.M. (2004). The impact of text length on reading comprehension in English as a second language. The Asia EFL Journal,3 (6), Sept., 1-14.
  15. Riazi, A.M., & Kashefian, S. (2004). The role of gender and year of study in students' predispositions toward learner autonomy. ROSHD FLT, 19, 52-57.
  16. Riazi, A.M., & Rahimi, M. (2005). Iranian students' pattern of strategy use. The Journal of Asia TEFL , 2(1), 103-129.
  17. Riazi, A.M., & Razmjou, S.A. (2006). On the teaching methodology of Shiraz EFL institutes. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 46, 58-70.
  18. Razmjou, A., & Riazi, A.M. (2006). Do high-schools or private institutes practice communicative language teaching? A case study of Shiraz teachers in high-schools and private institutes. The Reading Matrix, 6(3), 340-363.
  19. Riazi, A.M., & Riasati, M.J. (2007). Language Learning Style Preferences: A Students Case Study of Shiraz EFL. Asian EFL Journal, 9, 97-125.
  20. Riazi, A.M., & Yaali, A. (2007). The impact of RC strategy use, proficiency, and gender on EFL reading comprehension performance. ROSHD FLT, 21, 50-55.
  21. Riazi, A.M., Sadeghi, F., & Zare, S. (2007). The effect of EFL students' L2 proficiency and age on their overall pattern of vocabulary learning strategy use. Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 8, 87-107.
  22. Riazi, A.M., & Khodadadi, F. (2007). The effect of EFL students' level of proficiency and gender on their use of speaking strategies. Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature, 1(2), 99-117.
  23. Riazi, A.M., & Aryashokouh, A. (2007). Lexis in English Textbooks in Iran: Analysis of Exercises and Proposals for Consciousness-raising Activities.  Pacific Association of Applied Linguists, 11, 17-34.
  24. Riazi, A.M. (2007). (ISI) Language-Learning Strategy Use: Perceptions of  Female Arab English Majors. Foreign Language Annals, 40, 433-441.
  25. Riazi, A.M., & Babaei, N. (2008). Iranian EFL female students' lexical inferencing and its relationship to their L2 proficiency and reading skill. The Reading Matrix, 8(1), 186-195.
  26. Riazi, A.M., Mansoorian, M.A. (2008). Learning style preferences among Iranian male and female EFL students. Iranian EFL Journal, 2, 88-100.
  27. Forouzandeh, E., & Riazi, A.M., Sadighi, F. (2008). TEFL program evaluation at Master's level in Iran. Teaching English Language and Literature Society of Iran (TELLSI),2(6), 71-100.
  28. Heydari Tabrizi, H., Riazi, A.M., Parhizgar, R. (2008). On the translation evaluation methods as practiced in Iranian universities' BA translation program: The attitude of students. TELL, 2(7): 71-87.
  29. Riazi, A.M., Davoodi, Z. (2008). On the test methods and translation criteria used to assess Iranian student's translation in translation courses. Translation Studies, 6(21), 39-56.
  30. Rahimi, M., Riazi, A.M., & Saif, Sh. (2008). An investigation into the factors affecting the use of language learning strategies by Persian EFL learners. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics,11(2), 31-60.
  31. Tabei, S.Z., & Riazi, A.M. (2009). Medical sciences in the third millennium: An Avicennian approach. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, 11, 4-9.
  32. Shahamat, F., & Riazi, A.M. (2009). The place of information technology in second language teaching in girl's high schools and private English institutes in Shiraz. Iranian EFL Journal, 4, 71-93.
  33. Bagheri, M.S., Yamini, M., & Riazi, A.M. (2009). Motivational and learning strategies of Iranian EFL Learners exposed to an E-Learning program. Journal of Teaching Language Skills (previously Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities), 1(1), (Serial 58(4)), 1-35. ISSN: 1020-8576
  34. Riazi, A.M., & Mosallanejad, N. (2010). Evaluation of learning objectives in Iranian high-school and pre-university English textbooks using Bloom's Taxonomy. TESL-EJ, 13(4), 1-16.
  35. Riazi, A.M. (2010). (Book Review). Dornyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics. Perspectives, 17(1), 26-27.
  36. Riazi, A.M. (2010). (Book Review).  Burdess, N. (2010). Starting statistics: A short, clear, guide. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage. Methodspace:
  37. Riazi, A.M. (2010). (Book Review). Garner et al. (2009). Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences. UK: Ashgate. Discourse and Society, 21(5), 609-611.
  38. Riazi, A.M. (2010). (Book Review). Peters, M.A. (2009). Academic Writing, Philosophy and Genre. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Discourse Studies, 12(6), 810-812.
  39. Shahini, G., & Riazi, A.M. (2011). A PBLT approach to teaching ESL speaking, writing, and thinking skills. ELT Journal, 65(2), 170-180.
  40. Riazi, A.M., & Razavipour, K. (2011). (In) Agency of EFL teachers under the negative backwash effect of cnetralised tests. International Journal of Language Studies, 5(2), 263-282.
    Abstracted in DOAJ.
  41. Razavipour, K., Riazi, A.M., & Rashidi, N. (2011). On the Interaction of Test Washback and Teacher Assessment Literacy: The Case of Iranian EFL Secondary School Teachers. English Language Teaching, 4(1), 156-161.

Papers in Conference Proceedings (E1)

  1. Riazi, A. M. (1995). Collaborative Learning Networks: A Social Impact of Information
     Technology. Proceedings of the First Annual Conference of the Computer Society of Iran (pp. 257‑267). Tehran, Iran. Sanati Sharif University.
  2. Riazi, A. M. (1996). How Might Developing Countries' Distance Education System Benefit From Information Technology? Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (pp. 198‑205). Tehran, Iran. November 14‑16, 1996.
  3. Riazi, A. M. (1996). Political Economy of Knowledge and the Role of Higher Education.
     Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Higher Education in Iran (pp. 89‑99). Tehran: Allameh Tabbatabie University. September 1996.
  4. Riazi, A.M. (1996). Academic Writing and Scientific Approach. Proceedings of the Writing Conference in Iran (pp. 95-105). Tehran: Institute for Educational Research. July 1996.
  5. Cumming, A. and Riazi, A. M. (1996). Building Models of Adult ESL/EFL Writing instruction.  Proceedings of the Second Language Acquisition and Writing (pp. 7‑23). The University of Southampton.
  6. Riazi, A. M. (1999). The Contribution of Text Analysis to Translation. Proceedings of The Third Conference on Translation (pp. 222‑232). Tabriz: University of Tabriz, Iran. March 6‑8.
  7. Riazi, A.M. (1999). A Review of Research Methods in Humanities Research Projects Funded by Shiraz University. Proceedings of the First Methodology and Research Methods in Humanities (pp. 49-58). Shiraz, Iran, December 1999.
  8. Riazi, A. M. (2002). What Do Textbook Evaluation Schemes Tell Us? Proceedings of the 37th RELC International Conference (pp. 52-68). Singapore. June 2002.
  9. Riazi, A.M. and Afsarnia, M. (2003). Strategy Inventory for Listening Comprehension (SILC). Selected Papers from the 2002 International TESOL Arabia Conference (pp. 250-287). Abu Dhabi. March 2002.
  10. Riazi, A.M. (April 2005). Diversified Knowledge and Lack of Agreed-upon Paradigm. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Knowledge Production. Tehran, Islamic Azad University. April 13 & 14 2005.
  11. Riazi, A.M. (June 2005). Features of EAP textbooks: Insights from literature and book reviews. Proceedings of the First National Conference on ESP. Tehran, SAMT (pp. 35-45). June 9, 2005.
  12. Riazi, A.M. (27,28 Dey 85/17,18 Jan 2007). Frame of reference and the need to include higher level cognitive processes in textbooks. Proceedings of the First Conference on Textbooks. Tehran: SAMT.
  13. Riazi, A.M. (17, 18 Mehr 87/ 8, 9 Oct. 2008). The contribution of teaching English to higher-order thinking and cognitive processes. Proceedings of the 6th International TELLSI Conference. Guilan: Rasht.


PhD Supervision 

Recent Completions 




Robert Johnson


Assessing the assessments: Evaluating the appropriacy of instruments used to inform student admissions, student placement, and program review decisions at the college of the Marshall Islands Completed

David Leaper


The Group Oral Discussion: A Longitudinal Study



Ahmad Alhaqbani


Investigating metacognitive awareness and actual use of reading strategies amongsecond language learners of Arabic in an academic context: An exploratory study



Rachael Ruegg


The effects of peer vs. teacher feedback: A longitudinal, multi-method study


Under Examination
Chao Han

Building the validity foundation for interpreter certification performance testing


Under Examination
Na Fa

A Study of Vocabulary Knowledge and Vocabulary Learning Strategies of Chinese EFL Learners


Under Examination

In Progress

Kayo Nakazawa


Factors Predicting Proficiency in Japanese as a Foreign Language among adult JFL learners In Progress

Justin Kwan


Reflective Teaching and Action Research among Local English Language Teachers in Hong Kong: Teachers' Attitudes and Contextual Factors In Progress
Jack Bower

Setting and raising standards: creating and validating institutional standardized English reading and listening tests aligned to the Common European Framework Levels A2-B1 at a Japanese university


In Progress
Darby McGrath The effect of direct and indirect comprehensive written feedback on EFL writing In Progress

Anita Triastuti


Yogyakarta (indonesia) EFL teachers' conceptualisation of pedagogical content knowledge as represented in their instructional curriculum design and practices


In Progress



Year Source Title Team Status
2011 Pearson Education Investigating Scalability and Criterion-related (Concurrent and Predictive) Validity of PTE-Academic Mehdi Riazi Completed
2011 Educational Testing Service (ETS)-TOEFL Performance on toefl ibt writing tasks vs. real-life academic writing tasks: implications for validity argument Mehdi Riazi
Jill Murray
2010 IELTS An Investigation of the Relations between Test Takers' L1 and the Discourse of Written Performance on the IELTS Academic Writing Test Mehdi Riazi
John Knox
2009 MU Competitive Grant International students' experiences of formative assessment: How postgraduate coursework international students interpret and perform formative assignment tasks Mehdi Riazi
Jill Murray


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