Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Alireza is currently in the final stages of completing his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Ottawa. In his dissertation, he investigates the ways EAP (English for Academic Purposes) learners construct their future selves in academic environments, and how their language learning motivations evolve as a result of such processes. His past studies examine the real-time fluctuations of language learners’ positive and negative emotions (e.g. enjoyment and anxiety), and the dynamic interactions between these emotions within the classroom environment.
Alireza has presented his research in major conferences in North America such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF). He has also been chosen as the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships including the Wilga Rivers Memorial award by the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS, twice), the University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship (twice) and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Fund (SoTL) by Centennial College.
Alireza holds an M.A. in Second Language Education, a B.A. in English Literature and a University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). He has over 16 years of international and domestic teaching experience in post-secondary environments. Prior to becoming a full-time professor, he held part-time and sessional teaching positions at Centennial College and York University. He also taught as a part-time professor at Sheridan College for two semesters in 2017.
- Learner and teacher engagement and flow
- Learner and teacher personality and emotional intelligence
- Effective learning environments