Dr. Mohammad Javad Ahmadian

Dr. Mohammad Javad Ahmadian


I am an applied linguist specialising in instructed second language acquisition and task-based language teaching and learning. I joined the School of Education at University of Leeds in 2015 as a Lecturer in TESOL and before that I spent 7 years at the University of Isfahan (Iran) as part-time lecturer, teaching fellow, and assistant professor of applied linguistics. 


  • Programme Director for MA TESOL

Research interests

In my research programme, I have looked into the way in which working memory capacity interacts with the effects of instruction conditions and task factors on L2 performance in terms of complexity, accuracy, fluency and, more recently, L2 pragmatic features. I am also interested in exploring whether and how written corrective feedback affects L2 learners writing performance and how these impacts are moderated by individual differences in cognitive processing ability. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, I have attempted to explore the cognitive underpinnings of task-based planning and speech production processes as well as learners’ and teachers’ perceptions of task-based implementation conditions. I have been invited to present my research at various universities across the world (e.g., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Texas A & M University, University of Murcia) and in the UK (e.g., Newcastle University, Lancaster University and UCL). 


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  • PhD in Applied Linguistics
  • MA in Applied Linguistics
  • BA in English Language and Translation

Professional memberships

  • International Association for Task-Based Language Teaching (IATBLT) vzw

Student education

Since 2015 I have been teaching and leading various undergraduate and postgraduate modules at Leeds. In 2018/19 I will be leading/teaching the following postgraduate modules: EDUC 5901 (Learning and Teaching in TESOL) and EDUC 5902 (Investigating Language for TESOL. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In May 2018, I delivered a three-day invited course on Task-Based Language Teaching for MA programme in Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings at the University of Basque Country (Spain). 

External academic activities

I am the guest-editor of The Language Learning Journal’s special issue on Task-based Language Teaching and Learning (published in December 2016). In addition to serving on the editorial board of RELC Journal and The Language Learning Journal, I have been on the Editorial Panel of ELT Journal from 2013-2015.I act as dd hoc reviewer for Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly, Language Teaching Research, Second Language Research, International Review of Applied Linguistic (IRAL), International Journal of Applied Linguistics, and System.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education

Current postgraduate research students

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