Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
Ph.D. (with honors: a member of the national society of gifted students), Teaching English as a Foreign Language, March, 2016
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Rahman Sahragard
Dissertation Title: Towards Developing a Model of Critical Pedagogy for English Language Teaching Practice in the Iranian Context
Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
Master of Arts (with honors: a member of the national society of gifted students), Teaching English as a Foreign Language, June, 2008
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Firooz Sadighi
Thesis Title: The Effect of Phrase-noticing on Language Proficiency and Collocation Knowledge of EFL Learners: Examining the Lexical Approach in an EFL Context
Arak University, Arak, Iran
Bachelor of Arts (with honors: a member of the national society of gifted students), English Literature, June, 2005
TEACHING AND TESTING EXPERIENCE:
Islamic Azad University, Shiraz Branch, Shiraz, Iran 2010-present
Taught different undergraduate courses in English Teaching and Translation, graduate and postgraduate courses in TEFL. Developed course outline and objectives, selected specific material to cover, selected required texts, wrote and presented lectures, wrote and administered exams and quizzes, developed and graded written class projects, presented department lectures.
Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran 2009-2010
Taught ESP and general English courses in MA and BA programs. Wrote and presented lectures, wrote exams, developed and graded class projects. Interviewed candidates for teaching in language institutes.
Payam Noor University, Marvdasht, Iran 2007-2008
Taught general English courses in BA programs.
SELECTED ABSTRACTS (National and International Conferences):
Akbarpour, L. & Behjat, F. (2011). Seeking out a fitting approach for grammar instruction. Second International Conference on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. Bangkok, Thiland.
Akbarpour, L. & Sadighi, F. (2009). The Effect of Phrase-noticing on Language Proficiency and Collocation Knowledge of EFL Learners: Examining the Lexical Approach in an EFL Context. Twenty first International Conference on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition. Szczyrk, Poland.
Akbarpour, L. & Rashidi, N. (2008). The role of socio-pragmatic transfer in expressing gratitude by Iranian EFL learners. First International Conference on Linguistics and Intercultural Eduction. University of Alba Iulia, Romania.
Sadighi F. & Akbarpour, L. (2008). Reading comprehension strategies in EFL students: first or second language use? Sixth International TELLSI Conference. University of Guilan, Iran.
Rashidi, N. & Akbarpour, L. (2007). The effect of consciousness-raising on EFL learners’ pragmatic development. Fourth International IELTI Conference. University of Tehran, Iran.
SELECTED ARTICLES (Journal Articles):
Akbarpour, L. & Sahragard, R. (2016). Pedagogy of possibility in practice: principles, course development, and application. Applied Research on English Language (University of Isfahan), 4(2), 1-24.
Akbarpour, L. & Tayyebipour, F. (forthcoming). A SWOT analysis of Islamic Azad University English program in Iran: a critical pedagogy outlook. Journal of Language Teaching and Research.