Researching and Publishing Genuinely (by A/Prof. Riazi)


Alzahra University



TELLSI Workshops proudly announces the first event organized by this team.

Given TEFL graduate students’ and professors’ growing interest in carrying out research and publishing their findings, Associate Professor Riazi, Macquarie University, has agreed to conduct a workshop on how to do quality research and publish quality papers on the 28th of Dey at Al-Zahra University. He is going to share his experience of undertaking and supervising research and publishing in top-tier journals around the world with us.

Below are the workshop abstract, a brief account of his academic background.


Underlying each quality paper there is quality research. This 4-5-hour workshop intends to help postgraduate/doctoral students as well as early career researchers/authors develop their understanding, and to some extent their skills, of conducting and publishing genuine research. The workshop is divided into two parts. In the first part, issues related to genuine quality research will be discussed covering the main stages in the process of research and especially the design of studies. The point will be emphasised that genuine research starts with genuine questions which will, in turn, help designing the project. Brief discussion of designing quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research will be presented in the first part of the workshop. In the second part of the workshop the focus will be on how to convert quality research into quality papers for publication and so major steps in the process of preparing, submitting, and revising papers for publication will be covered. Issues related to preparing quality manuscripts ranging from early drafts, function of each section of a manuscript, author’s voice, and dealing with journals will be discussed in the second part of the workshop. The workshop will be delivered through presentations, task performance, and discussion. While the workshop will be presented and conducted in English, there is no restriction in code switching and using Persian when necessary for further elaborations. Participants will be provided with some references to follow up and use in their future endeavours of writing and publishing. 


Associate Professor Riazi’s background

Mehdi Riazi was a faculty member in the department of foreign languages and linguistics of Shiraz University where he supervised 14 phd students to completion and more than 40 master’s students’ theses. He also chaired the 4th TELLSI conference at Shiraz University in 2007. He joined Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia from 2009 where he has supervised 4 phd students to completion and currently supervising 6 others. He convenes and lectures on two courses of research methods and language assessment at postgraduate level. He was the principal investigator for three research projects funded by IELTS, Pearson, and TOEFL and is currently working on The Routeldge Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. He is on the editorial board of 4-5 journals and guest edited a special issue of TESL-EJ and currently co-editing a special issue of Educational Psychology on the contribution of assessment tasks to L2 writing development. 







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