Parisa Mehran

Welcome to my digital academic portfolio! My name is Parisa Mehran (/pærɪsā mehrān/) and 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 (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and am now pursuing further education in Japan. My research interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL), online/blended course design, and AR/VR applications in English language education. My doctoral dissertation concerns the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a blended course, titled Osaka University Global English Online (OUGEO), for teaching general academic English to Japanese undergraduate students at Osaka University. I taught part-time at Nara Medical University in the department of Clinical English, and I currently teach at Konan Women's University, Kobe Women's University, and an English conversation school, Princeford English College. 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 at universities, events, and conferences, and by blogging at beyondyourstereotypes.wordpress.com.