My name is Parisa /pærɪsā/, which is a Persian name meaning “like a fairy”, and easy to remember: “Paris” plus “a” :)
I am a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Informedia Education Division, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University, Japan.
Born and raised in Tehran, I hold a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), both from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran. Before moving to Japan, I taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and General English (GE) courses at Alzahra University.
In 2014, I obtained the Japanese Government Scholarship and am now pursuing further education in Japan. My research interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), online/blended course design, AR/VR applications in ELT, and recently, teaching English for peace and social change, and global issues in ELT. My doctoral dissertation concerns the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a blended course for teaching general academic English to Japanese undergraduate students at Osaka University. I currently teach part-time at Konan Women's University, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, and an English conversation school, Princeford English College. In addition, I am an English tutor at Paper Airplanes (https://www.paper-airplanes.org/), which provides free, one-on-one language and skills instruction to people affected by conflict so they can pursue education, secure employment, and ultimately, rebuild their lives. I also teach for the Hands Up Project (https://handsupproject.org/), which offers online English storytelling lessons to Palestinian and Syrian children in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jordan. I blog about my research and teaching experiences at https://parisamehran.wordpress.com.
Living outside Iran made me an activist trying to dispel stereotypes about my country, and change negative images associated with Iranian people by actively giving talks about the real Iran and the Iranian people behind the news at universities, events, and conferences, and by blogging about the Iranian identity at https://beyondyourstereotypes.wordpress.com/.