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Adnan Satariyan

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Dr Satariyan holds a PhD in the field of Education (Second Language Education) from the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia.  He recently served as a casual lecturer at Tehran Azad University and the National Institute for Maritime Education, Training, and Research (AMC) at the University of Tasmania. He received his bachelor’s degree in the field of English translation studies and his master’s degree in the field of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from Azad University, South Tehran Branch, in Iran. Adnan is a keen researcher and has been the author and co-author of many books, research papers, and book chapters concerning language teaching and learning. His research interests centre on research methodology, pedagogy of literacy skills, metalinguistic awareness, teaching training, and psycholinguistics, problems of second language teaching/learning, and action research and classroom-based studies.



  • Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS); Granted for PhD Research Project, University of Tasmania (UTAS)
  • Merit-based Tuition Fee Scholarship; Granted for PhD studies, University of Tasmania (UTAS)
  • Top Student Award; Ranked Third in 1st 2008 MA Semester, Tehran Azad University; South Branch
  • Holding Educational Workshop and speech Award; Tehran Azad University; South Branch
  • Thank Brede Award; Giving Lecture, University of Emam-Khomeini; 2011/06

Career summary


  • PhD (2017),  University of Tasmania, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA.
  • Master of Art in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) (2011), Islamic Azad University (Tehran South Branch), IRAN
  • Bachelor of Art in English Translation (2008), Islamic Azad University (Roodehen branch), IRAN
  • Diploma in Mathematics Studies (2002), Shohadaye Mersad School, high school, Tehran, IRAN


  • University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College (AMC), Australia, Tasmania, Launceston
    From: Feb 2014- To: July 2015
    Position: Lecturer in Study Skills
  • University of Tasmania, School of Education, Australia, Tasmania, Launceston
    From: Feb 2013- To: August 2013
    Position: Assistant Lecturer
  • University of Khaje Amir, School of Civil Engineering (Payam-e Noor University section), Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: August 2011- To: October 2012
    Position: Lecturer in General English studies
  • The Ministry of Science, Research & Technology; Open Higher Education Institute (Neda), Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: April 2007- To: Aug 2010
    Position: Head of Teaching Training Courses (TTC) and IELTS Department, Supervisor, Lecturer, and Syllabus Designer
  • Culture & Art Scientific Applied Training Centre- under supervision of scientific applied comprehensive university; Elmi-karbordi University (no.33), Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: Feb 2008- To: Dec 2009
    Position: Assistant Professor
  • University of Jihad, Tehran Medical Sciences Branch, Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: Sep 2009- To: Jan 2010
    Position: English Lecturer
  • (Kharazmi University) Tarbiyate Moallem University (Payam-Noor Section), Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: Feb 2006- To: Nov 2008
    Position: Lecturer in English Language
  • Open Higher Education Institute (Mettanat) - under license of the ministry of science, research & technology, Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: Aug 2007- To: Aug 2008
    Position: Lecturer in English and in University of Payam-Noor Department
  • The Ministry of Science, Research and Technology; Open Higher Education Institute (Tehran Management Development, T.M.E), Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: Oct 2006- To: Feb 2008
    Position: Head of English Department, Supervisor, Associate Lecturer, and Syllabus Designer
  • University of Jihad Sharif Industrial Branch, Islamic republic of Iran, Tehran
    From: Nov 2005- To: Apr 2007
    Position: IELTS/TOEFL Teacher


Teaching responsibility

  • 2013 - (Semester 1) - ESH100 Thinking and Writing at Universities
  • 2014 - (Semester 1 and 2) Study skills (AMC)
  • 2015 - (Semester 1 and 2) Study skills (AMC)

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  • TESL/ TEFL and Curriculum and Pedagogy Including the problem of second/ foreign Language Learning and Teaching
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Teaching writing skills
  • Learning strategies
  • Qualitative case study methodology
  • Action Research


Students as Change Agents (Education), 2014

Project title

Does alignment of research interests matter? Exploring doctoral students' perception of supervisors' expertise

Project Aim(s)

In this research project I am working with a team of doctoral students and the Student Evaluation, Review and Reporting Unit (SERRU). The project investigates the influence of supervisors' discipline expertise on doctoral students' research in the Faculty of Education in University of Tasmania. It looks at the types of support they draw on from their discipline expert and non-discipline expert supervisors.

The authors have prepared two manuscripts for publication using the data collected for this project.

Current projects

PhD thesis


'The Design and Implementation of a Short Course, Focusing on Metacognition, to Develop Writing Skills for University Students for Whom English is an Additional Language: An action research study'


Dr Satariyan’s PhD thesis is in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The aim of his research was to design a constructively aligned short writing course for English as an additional language (EAL) learners, to encourage a perceived level of competence in writing academic assignments for their discipline. A reflective action research model was implemented within a class of four undergraduate EAL learners. The teaching sessions, with a focus on metacognitive strategies, were designed to provide information about academic writing skills applicable for these EAL learners. The impetus for developing a short course for these EAL learners was to support them academically and to implement change and improved practices in this area. The action plan implemented was effective in developing participants’ writing proficiency, along with gaining more sophisticated epistemological beliefs about the knowledge of writing skills over the eight teaching sessions/cycles. The findings showed that participants learn writing skills better in a more experiential and discovery-based approach, rather than focusing on the mechanics of writing (i.e. rules for punctuation, capitalisation, spelling, and grammar). A shift in participants’ epistemological beliefs, the development of their learning outcomes through the use of the SOLO Taxonomy, the quality of their final written assignment, and their perceptions concerning the teaching sessions provide supporting evidence for the effectiveness of the course. The study appropriated a very demanding challenge in addressing the needs of EAL students, who received English instruction throughout their schooling, yet were still unable to write assignments to the expected standard. It seems that students have limited time available to undertake a supplementary bridging course. The design of this course, therefore, needed to attain in eight sessions what their schooling had been unable to achieve.

  • Dr Bronwyn Reynolds
  • Professor John Williamson
  • Professor David Kember

Fields of Research

  • English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204)
  • English as a Second Language (200303)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (130299)
  • Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) (200408)

Research Objectives

  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Languages and Literacy (950202)
  • Education and Training Systems Policies and Development (930501)
  • Learner and Learning (930199)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)


Total publications


Journal Article

(11 outputs)
2017Gube J, Getenet S, Satariyan A, Muhammad Y, 'Towards 'operating within' the field: Doctoral students' views of supervisors' discipline expertise', International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 12 pp. 1-16. ISSN 1556-8881 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017Satariyan A, Chinijani ME, Reynolds B, 'Investigating discourse socialisation progress of an English as a second language learner using systematic functional linguistic approach', Journal of Language and Translation, 7, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 2008-8590 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Reynolds B

2016Faryabi F, Satariyan A, 'Development and validation of an instrument to evaluate English language teachers' lesson planning self-concept', Journal of Language & Translation, 6, (1) pp. 17-30. ISSN 2008-8590 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015Satariyan A, Getenet S, Gube J, Muhammad Y, 'Exploring supervisory support in an Australian university: Perspectives of doctoral students in an education faculty', Journal of the Australian and New Zealand student services association, 46, (October) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1320-2480 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Gube J

2015Taase Y, Satariyan A, Reynolds B, Salimi H, Mohseni A, 'An investigation into the relationship between EFL teachers' and students' multiple intelligences and teaching styles', Journal of Language and Translation, 5, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 2008-8590 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Reynolds B

2014Satariyan AS, Mohseni AM, 'Writing skill and categorical error analysis: A study of first year undergraduate University students', Iranian Journal of Research in English language teaching, 1, (3) pp. 20-30. ISSN 2252-0384 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Taase YT, Satariyan A, Salimi HS, 'Investigating Students with English as a Foreign Language and Their Textbooks: An Application of Multiple Intelligences Theory', International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 4, (6) pp. 285-294. ISSN 2220-8488 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2013Mohseni A, Satariyan A, 'Vocabulary focused language learning on IELTS writing development: A case study', Iranian EFL Journal, 9, (1) pp. 206-217. ISSN 1836-8743 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2012Satariyan A, 'Perceptions of Iranian EFL learners towards learning language through computers: an investigation on the TOEFL (paper and computer based) test', Journal of Language and Translation, 2.1, (1) Article 3. ISSN 2008-8590 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Satariyan A, Mohseni A, 'Grammatical error correction of English as foreign language learners', Journal of Language and Translation, 2.1, (2) Article 2. ISSN 2008-8590 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2011Mohseni A, Satariyan A, 'The relation between critical thinking and translation quality', Journal of Language and Translation, 2, (2) Article 3. ISSN 2008-8590 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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(2 outputs)
2013Chinijani ME, Satariyan A, 'Writing skills' clues and principles for ESL students: Graph, letter and essay writing', Nazeri Publishing Co., Tehran, Iran, pp. 110. ISBN 978-600-6032-24-5 (2013) [Authored Other Book]

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2013Chinijani ME, Satariyan A, 'An inductive teaching of writing skills: Bilingual analysis-based teaching', Nazeri Publishing Co., Tehran, Iran, pp. 132. ISBN 978-600-6032-25-2 (2013) [Authored Other Book]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2016Satariyan A, Reynolds B, 'A reflective model for action research: An evolving pedagogical trajectory', What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan, J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 21-28. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Reynolds B

2015Reynolds B, Satariyan A, 'Meta-cognition as a trend in teaching literacy skills to learners of English as an additional language', Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New york, pp. 417-425. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Satariyan A, Reynolds BF, 'A shifting paradigm in the pedagogy of writing skills in global education: From transmission to facilitation to critical considerations', Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 359-367. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2015Satariyan A, Reynolds B, Kember D, 'An evolving approach to the teaching of writing skills to university students for whom English is an additional language', Book of Abstracts, 3-5 June, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, pp. 30. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Reynolds B; Kember D