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Last update: 2/9/2016

General Research Topics

Assessment versus Testing

---Alternative assessment and second language study: Implications and concerns.

--- Enhancing student learning through dynamic assessment.

---Investigating the comparative attitudes of students towards assessment and testing.

--- Investigating the effect of portfolio assessment on EFL learners’ essay writing.

--- Investigating the effect of portfolio assessment on EFL learners’ motivation and autonomy.

--- The role of portfolios assessment and reflection on process writing.

CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)

---Investigating the effect of CALL on listening/ reading/ speaking/ writing of EFL learners.

---Investigating the effect of CALL on collocation/ grammar/ idiom/ vocabulary learning.

---Investigating the effect of CALL on motivation and attitudes of EFL learners.

CLT (Communicative Language Teaching)

Classroom Management

---The relationship between classroom management of the teacher and anxiety/ motivation of EFL learners

--- The relationship between classroom management of the teacher WTC of the students

Comparative Literature

Comparison of ELT Methodologies

Cooperative/ Collaborative Learning

---The effects of collaborative learning on critical thinking of Iranian EFL learners

---Collaborative vs. cooperative learning

Corpus linguistics

Critical Discourse Analysis

Critical Thinking

---The direct teaching of thinking skills for improvement of reading comprehension skills

---The effects of collaborative learning on critical thinking of Iranian EFL learners

---The relationship between critical thinking of the students and their reading comprehension

---The relationship between critical thinking of the students and their choice of vocabulary learning strategy

---The relationship between critical thinking of the students and their language learning strategy

--- The relationship between critical thinking and emotional intelligence of the students  

--- The relationship between teachers’ critical thinking and self-efficacy

--- The relationship between teachers’ critical thinking and self-monitoring

---The relationship between the critical thinking ability and writing proficiency of intermediate Iranian EFL students

---Teaching Critical Appraisal Skills to Postgraduate EFL Learners   

Cultural Studies

---The effect of teacher foreign cultural points on the motivation and attitudes of the students towards learning English

--- To what extent can teaching foreign cultural points be advantages and destructive?

--- What are the students’ attitudes towards teaching different cultural points?

--- A comparison of cultural points in three general English textbooks: Four Corners, New Interchange, and Top Notch Series

Discourse and Interlanguage Pragmatics 

---A Discourse Analysis of Gender Differences in the Use of Hedging Devices: A Case of Intermediate EFL Learners  

Discourse and Organization

Dynamic Assessment

---The effect of dynamic assessment on EFL learners’ listening/ reading/ speaking/ writing ability

ELT Materials Development and Evaluation     

Emotional Intelligence and SLA 

--- The relationship between emotional intelligence and critical thinking of the students    

--- The relationship between emotional intelligence and language learning strategies of the students    

--- The relationship between emotional intelligence and language proficiency of the students    

English for academic purpose

English for specific purpose

English Globalization

English Language Teacher Education         

English Language Testing and Assessment

English Literature

ESP and EAP

--- Who should teach ESP? An English teacher or a content specialist who knows English?

Ethnicity, Nationalism and Language

Feedback and Language Learning

---The Effect of Teacher-Feedback, Peer-Feedback, and Self-Revision on Iranian EFL Learners' Writing Accuracy

Gender and Sexism in Language

---A Discourse Analysis of Gender Differences in the Use of Hedging Devices: A Case of Intermediate EFL Learners

Heritage Language

Input Enhancement

--- The effect of input enhancement strategy on EFL learners’ listening/ reading/ speaking/ writing ability

--- The effect of input enhancement strategy on collocation/ grammar/ idiom/ vocabulary learning of EFL learners

--- The effect of input enhancement strategy on anxiety/ motivation/ WTC of EFL learners

Intercultural Studies and Multiculturalism

Interdisciplinary Approaches in Literature

Interpreting Studies

Language Assessment

Language and Identity

Language Learning Problems

Language Planning Policy

Language teaching & learning 

Listening

--- Pronunciation-based listening exercises

--- Relationships among speech sound perception, speech sound production, and phonological spelling

Literary Studies

Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

Literary and Translation Studies

Literature and Media

Literature and SLA

Materials Development

Materials Evaluation

---Evaluation of three general English textbooks: Four Corners, New Interchange, and Top Notch Series

Multimedia and Language

--- A comparative study of the effects of the use of multimedia on listening comprehension.

Multiple Intelligence

--- Investigating the relationship between EFL learners’ multiple intelligence and knowledge of grammar

--- Investigating the relationship between EFL learners’ multiple intelligence and vocabulary strategy use

Reading Efficiently

---The effect of reading extensively and intensively on idiom learning of EFL learners.

---The effect of reading extensively and intensively on incidental vocabulary acquisition of EFL learners.

---The effect of reading extensively and intensively on vocabulary acquisition of EFL learners.

Research on English Language Teaching/Learning           

Review Studies

---A review of literature on the best time to start learning/ teaching English to EFL learners.  

Second Language Acquisition

Secondary and Tertiary English Education

Self-efficacy (of Teacher and/or Student)

--- The interplay among teachers’ self-efficacy, critical thinking, and self-monitoring.

--- The relationship between teachers’ self-efficacy and self-monitoring.

Sociocultural Factors and English Education

Speech Act

--- An interlanguage study of the speech act of apology made by EFL learners.

--- An interlanguage study of the speech act of invitation made by EFL learners.

--- An interlanguage study of the speech act of request made by EFL learners.

Speaking

--- The effect of personal memory-telling on speaking fluency and WTC.

--- The effect of providing sample answers with pictures on the speaking fluency of young learners.

--- The effect of story-telling on the improvement of speaking ability.

Syllabus Design and Curriculum Development

--- Should we have a fixed or a dynamic syllabus?

TBLT (Task-based Language Teaching)

--- The effect of task-based language teaching on EFL learners’ listening/ reading/ speaking/ writing ability

--- The effect of task-based language teaching on EFL learners’ collocation/ grammar/ idiom/ vocabulary learning

--- The effect of opinion gap task on EFL learners’ WTC and motivation

---The effect of role play and information gap task on students speaking skill

---The effect of role play and information gap task on students WTC and motivation

--- The effect of story retelling task on EFL learners’ speaking skill

--- The effect of story retelling task on EFL learners’ oral fluency

--- The effect of story retelling task on EFL learners’ oral accuracy

Teaching English as a second or foreign language

TELL (Technology Enhanced Language Learning)

--- The effect educational applications and widgets on improving EFL learners’ pronunciation (you can download widgets from www.softgozar.com for free).

--- The effect educational applications and widgets on EFL learners’ vocabulary knowledge (you can download 504, 1100, and essential words widgets from www.softgozar.com for free).

Theory and practice in English

Translation in Literature

Translation and Language Learning

Translation Studies

Translation and Globalization

UG (Universal Grammar)

UG and SLA

---To what extent can universal grammar principles and parameters be applied to second language acquisition?

Validation in Testing

Variation and Language Change

World Literature

WTC (Willingness to Communicate)

---The relationship among WTC, anxiety and motivation of EFL learners

--- The relationship between WTC of students and classroom management of the teacher

--- The effect of storytelling of students on their WTC

--- The relationship among WTC, speaking accuracy, and speaking anxiety among Iranian intermediate EFL learners

Young learners

--- The effect of different games on young learners.

--- When and why do children start lying?

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Prepared by Dr. Musa Noushi

Ph.D. in TEFL, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

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    • #48

      Hamidi

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      Hi,
      For the master list go to homepage, on top-right there is a search box, type anything you want then enter, you will come up with a master list for the key words.
      For a specific section, go to that section and push control+F button together, a box opens on bottom-left, write your key word and enter. Do it on "Thesis Topic Database" for trial, you will see how easy and useful it is.

      Hamidi

    • #53

      Dyan Joy

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      Thanks for the info

    • #121

      amor m. dagame

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      Hello Dr. Musa Noushi! I'm thankful for the suggestions posted here. May I have your permission to use one topic under speaking? I really appreciate your input.

    • #122

      Hamidi

      In reply to: amor m. dagameReport

      Dear Amor,
      Contact Dr. Nushi at mosesnushi@hotmail.com

      Best

    • #126

      Isaiah

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      ncie one of the best

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