Certified by the Ministry
of Science, Research and Technology, Teaching English Language and
Literature Society of Iran (TELLSI)was officially recognized in Farvardin
8, 1383 (March 2007) through the considerable efforts of the late Dr.
Seyed Ali Akbar Mirhassani and other TEFL academics in Iran. TELLSI
aims at developing and promoting TEFL learners' knowledge base, improving the
quality of experts’ practice and advancing teaching and research.
The members of TELLSI's
first board of directors included the late Dr. Seyed Ali Akbar Mirhassani, Dr.
Abdolmehdi Riazi, Dr. Seyed Mohammad Alavi, Dr. Reza Ghafarsamar, Dr. Mahmoud
Reza Ataee and Dr. Ali Asghar Eftekhari. In the general assembly held in the
society's 6th annual conference
in Guilan, the second board of directors' election was conducted, leading to
the election of the late Dr. Riazi, Dr. Mirhassani, Dr. Ghafarsamar, Dr. Alavi,
Dr. Marandi, Dr. Hassasskhah, Dr. Mahdavi, Dr. Kiani and, Dr. Eftekhari. After
Dr. Mirhasani's demise and Dr. Riazi's traveling to Canada, another election
was held in the 7th TELLSI conference in Yazd University
in Mehr, 1388 (October 2009), resulting in the election of Dr. Anani and Dr.
Tajeddin as reserve members.
The previous members of
the TELLSI board of directors were elected in the general assembly of TELLSI 13
at Khoram abad University, as follow: Prof. Alireza Jalilifar from Shahid
Chamran University of Ahvaz (president), Dr. Reza Khani from Ilam University
(vice-president & editor-in-chief of TEL journal),
Dr. Hassan Soodmand Afshar from Bu-alisina University, Dr. Mahmoodreza
Moradian from Khoramabad University (treasurer), and Dr. Ramin Akbari
from Tarbiat Modarres, with Dr. Abbas Ali Rezaie from Tehran University and Dr.
Zari Saeedi from Allameh Tabatabai University as reserve members, as well as
Dr. Zohreh Nafissi from Alzahra University as inspector.
The current members of
the TELLSI board of directors are:
- Prof. Alireza
Jalilifar, Shahid Chamran
University of Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran (TELLSI president)
- Prof. Hassan Soodmand Afshar, Bu-alisina University (Vice-president)
- Dr. Bahlool Salmani, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz Branch, Iran (Treasurer)
- Dr. Minoo Alemi, Islamic Azad University, West Tehran Branch (Primary
- Dr. Hamid Allami, Tarbiat Modaress University (Primary member)
- Dr. Mojtaba Mohammadi, Islamic Azad University, West Tehran Branch (Primary member)
- Dr. Gholamreza Abbasian, Imam Ali University, Tehran, Iran
- Dr. Nouroddin Yousofi, Razi University of Kermanshah (Primary Inspector)
TELLSI holds annual
conferences, publishes TEL Journal (http://teljournal.ir), and has lately
established a few Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The society is active both
nationally and internationally, and currently has a rapidly growing number of
members from among Iranian TEFL and English Literature scholars, professors and
students from all over Iran. While the society has come a long way, we believe
we can still do much better, and we depend on your help and ideas to do so. So
please contact us! We look forward to hearing from you! :)