Dr. Vahid Rafieyan

Specialization: English

Dr. Vahid Rafieyan


2014 Doctor of Philosophy (TESOL), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
2012 M.A. in English Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
2003 B.A. in English Translation, Islamic Azad University, Iran

Previous Academic Affiliations:

2017 Department of Comparative Study of Cultures, Tsuru University, Japan
2015 Associate Professor of English, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan
2014 Ph.D. in English Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia
2012-2014 Graduate Assistant, University Sains Malaysia
2012 Best TESL Student Award, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
2006-07 English Lecturer, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran
2003-10 English Instructor, Razi, Amirkabir, and Bandar Imam Petrochemical Companies, Iran


Vahid Rafieyan is an associate professor of English at International College of Liberal Arts, Yamanashi Gakuin University. He also teaches English at the Department of Comparative Study of Cultures, Tsuru University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in TESOL from Universiti Sains Malaysia. His research interests include interlanguage pragmatics and cross-cultural communication.

Dr. Rafieyan’s teaching evolved from many years of teaching experience. His mission as an English teacher is to create a learner-centered classroom environment and to spark language learners’ enthusiasm for learning. He believes language learners are best served when they are actively and rigorously engaged and interested in the pursuit of developing their English knowledge. A teacher may inspire, but language learners should be actively engaged and interested in the learning process for it to be successful.

The aim of his classes is not only developing native-like fluency in language learners but also enabling them to be independent language users. To develop native-like fluency in language learners, he focuses on the syntax, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of language. In this respect, he uses an inductive teaching approach to let language learners grasp the underlying meaning of English expressions (pragmatics) besides the concrete meaning of the expressions (semantics) and the grammatical rules (syntax) governing those expressions. To enable language learners to be independent language users, he develops critical thinking in them by engaging them in research, peer feedback, and group work.


Dr. Rafieyan believes that ideal classroom instruction can be best achieved through research as the two are inter-related, and a language teacher should also be an active researcher to be able to provide the best of instruction for the language learners. As a result, he continually conducts research experiments over new trends in language education on language learners to determine their educational needs and the ideal methods of developing language proficiency in them.