Mandana Arfa-Kaboodvand
Senior lecturer


  • PhD, Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Graduate school of Education, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  • M.A., Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Azad University, Tehran, Iran
  • B.A., Business Administration, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
  • B.A., English Language Translation, Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Teaching at WIUT

Academic English

Presentations and Publications

  • Language teacher Effectiveness, Presented at Uzbekistan scientific Pedagogic Center for Innovation at UzWSLU, May 2017, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Guest editor of Humanising Language Teaching Magazine, a special Issue on Uzbekistan, April 2017 Impacts of foreign universities on local students’ identity and self-esteem, Presented at 51sth IATEFL Annual Conference, April 2017, Glasgow, UK Dear Diary, ELTED Journal, December 2016
  • The Role of Parents in the Second/Foreign Language Learning of their Children, Presented at Uzbekistan State World Languages University in Tashkent, October 2016, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • A non-native teacher teaching in a non-English-speaking land, Presented at 50th IATEFL Annual Conference, April 2016, Birmingham, UK
    The Right Age?, Presented at 49th IATEFL Annual Conference, April 2015, Manchester, UK
  • Language Learners’ Experience with and Views on Graded Reading, Presented at 48th IATEFL Annual Conference, April 2014, Harrogate, UK
  • Are Language Teachers Supposed to Save the World? Presented at 47th IATEFL Annual Conference, April, 2013, Liverpool, UK
  • The Teacher as a Saviour?, English Teaching Professional (Etp) Magazine, September 2013, Issue 88
  • A Personal Experience, Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for Teachers and Teacher Trainers (HLT) Magazine, June 2012, Year 14, Issue 3
  • Parents’ Role in Language Learning of Their Children, Presented at 46th IATEFL Annual Conference, March 2012, Glasgow, UK
  • Characteristics of Effective Language teachers through the Eyes of Iranian young Learners, presented at the 8th AzETA ELT Conference, November 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Identifying the Characteristics of Effective Language Teachers, presented at the 27th SPELT Conference, October 2011, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Language Teacher, a Therapist, a Counsellor or Just a Teacher? Presented at 45th IATEFL Annual Conference, April 2011, Brighton, UK
  • Aren’t We Placing too Much Emphasis on Culture?, presented at 43rd IATEFL Conference, April 2009, Cardiff, UK
  • When a Language Teacher Takes the TOEFL, Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for Teachers and Teacher
    Trainers (HLT) Magazine, February 2009, Year 11, Issue 1
  • Who Do Young Learners Consider an Ideal Language Teacher?, presented at 42nd IATEFL Conference; April 2008, Exeter, UK
  • The Characteristics of an Ideal Language Teachers to Young Learners, presented at Islamic Azad University, Tehran Central, April 2007, Tehran, Iran
  • Teaching Literacy to YLs in an FL Context, poster presentation at 41st IATEFL Conference, April 2007, Aberdeen, UK
  • Is Teaching English at Elementary Schools a Good Idea? An Example from Iran, IATEFL Global Issues, Integrating Global Education into Language Teaching SIG Newsletter, Issue 19, June 2006, pp. 41_44, presented at 40th IATEFL Conference, April 2006, Harrogate, UK
  • Teacher’s Voice, published by and presented at Islamic Azad University, Tehran Central, April 2006, Tehran, Iran
  • Homework and Multiple Intelligence, presented at 39th IATEFL Conference, April 2005, Cardiff, UK
  • Homework, Is It Effective Enough?, presented at 38th IATEFL Conference, April 2004, Liverpool, UK
  • Coexistence of Cultures in an FL Context, presented at 37th IATEFL Conference , April 2003, Brighton, UK, published in Humanizing language Teaching Journal November 2006, pp. 7-12
  • EAP in Iran; Has It Been Successful? Joint paper presented at the BALEAP 2001(British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes) Millennial Conference, Glasgow, UK
  • Joint author of Storytelling in ELT, edited by Eleanor Watts and Amos Paran, published by IATEFL, 2003, UK
  • The Bilingual Family Translation of a book from English to Persian, Nashr-e Daneshgahi, 2003, Tehran, Iran
  • Some Suggestions for the Betterment of Textbooks at Iranian Schools, presented at Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran November 2001, Tehran, Iran
  • Farsi and the Issue of Word Formation, Tarjoman Magazine, Islamic Azad University 2001, Tehran, Iran
  • Teaching English to Children, presented at Islamic Azad University, Tehran Central, November 1999, Tehran, Iran


Research and Professional Interests

Teaching English to young learners; language teacher education and development; culture in language teaching; multiple intelligence; translation and translating, identity in language learning and teaching