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Dehghan, Farzaneh; Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015
Academic writing at advanced levels is the most important way of demonstrating one's expertise in a discipline. Developing this kind of competence is especially a challenging effort for students in foreign language contexts. Many factors may be involved in determining why some students are more and some are less motivated in writing successful,…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The Communicative Ability in language testing originates from a theory of language as communication proposed by Hymes (1972) and known as "communicative competence". The literature on language testing suggests that the practicality of communicative language testing (CLT) varies depending on how the instructors and teachers conceptualize…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Foreign Countries, Linguistic Theory
Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah; Heydari Tabrizi, Hossein – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2010
The MA Entrance Examinations (MAEE) held in Iran since 1990 are frequently criticized as being invalid, unstandardized exams with lots of problem in terms of principles of testing in general and test construction in particular (for instance, Jafarpur, 1996). To make sound judgments about such objections, the present study dealt with a content…
Descriptors: Testing, Language Tests, Validity, Foreign Countries
Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah; Movahed, Majid – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2009
The primary objective of the present study was to investigate the relationship between language proficiency and socio-cultural factors among the Iranian MA students registered and entered at Shiraz University in 2008. The second objective was to explore whether or not one or a combination of socio-cultural factors are predictors of language…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Reading Comprehension, Student Placement, Achievement Tests