Meet the Real Iran

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Mehrasa Alizadeh
Parisa Mehran
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A Short Introduction to Iranian History, Culture, and Education
This talk will take you on a journey to the real Iran. The presenters will briefly introduce the history of Iran (also known as Persia), including various aspects of Iranian culture, literature, cuisine, music, religions, architecture, and heritage sites. Along the way, the history of foreign language education in Iran with the emphasis on the English language will be discussed within its greater educational context.

Persian Language Experience: Let’s Walk in Absolute Beginner Language Learners' Shoes
The presenters will give a short introduction to the Persian language. The participants will then learn some survival phrases and how to write their names in Persian as a hands-on activity.
Biodata
Mehrasa Alizadeh is a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University. Born in Babol, a city in the north of Iran, Mehrasa moved to Tehran to pursue higher education. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran. She taught English at Iran Language Institute (ILI) for eight years. In 2013, she was offered the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and moved to Japan the following year. Her main research interests concern computer assisted language learning (CALL) and online course development/quality assessment. Her doctoral research is focused on developing an online EGAP course targeting Japanese learners at Osaka University.

Parisa Mehran is a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University. Born and raised in Tehran, Parisa holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), both from Alzahra University, Tehran. Before moving to Japan, she taught English for academic purposes (EAP) at Alzahra University. In 2014, she obtained the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and is now pursuing further education in Japan. Parisa’sresearch interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL), teacher education in CALL, and online course design. Her doctoral dissertation concerns the design and implementation of an online course for teaching general academic English to Japanese students at Osaka University.