Prof  Mandana Arfa-Kaboodvand

Prof Mandana Arfa-Kaboodvand Senior Lecturer, WIUT

Website: www.wiut.uz

Email: info@wiut.uz


Mandana Arfa-Kaboodvand has a PhD in Education with focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Exeter, UK. She has been an English language teacher and teacher trainer for almost 30 years. Before moving to Uzbekistan and joining WIUT, she was a university lecturer in Tehran, Iran. Her main areas of interest are language teacher education and development; language and culture, and teaching English to young learners.


  • 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


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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