SIETAR Kansai meeting — April 2017 Panel: Young Voices from Iran

SIETAR Kansai meeting — April 2017

(This event is co-sponsored by JALT OSAKA)

Panel:  Young Voices from Iran


Panelists:  ​Ali Khajuee (car designer)

​Mehrasa Alizadeh (PhD candidate, Osaka University)

​Parisa Mehran (PhD candidate, Osaka University)


Date:       ​Saturday, April 22, 2017  (14:00pm – 17:00)

Place:      ​Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center(ACTA East Tower 6F) Room 2

2 minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchistation


Tel: (0798) 69-3155

Fee:​​ Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members




Social event: We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant. Reservations for dinner required by Tuesday, April 18.  Contact



Panel description: Some of SIETAR Kansai’s ongoing goals include involving young people and informing our members of little known topics, as well as stimulating thinking about taken-for-granted stereotypes. With that in mind, we have invited three young people from Iran, who live and work in Japan, to share their experiences and perspective with us. Rather than a usual presentation, we will have an informal panel where our guests will answer questions about why they came to Japan, what they are doing, and their views on various topics. Audience members will also be able to engage with our guests.





Ali Khajuee was born in Shiraz, Iran, and has lived in several cities including Tehran, Gachsaran, a small city in the south of Iran, and now in Kobe. He received a Master’s of Industrial Design from the University of Tehran, and he has worked for four years in different fields, including product design, branding, advertising, and web design. In Japan he received another Master’s degree from Kobe Design University and is currently a car designer for Daihatsu.





Mehrasa Alizadeh was born in Babol, a city in the north of Iran and moved to Tehran where she earned a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Allameh TabatabaiUniversity, Tehran. She taught English at Iran Language Institute (ILI) for eight years. She came to Japan in 2014 on a Japanese government scholarship (Monbukagakusho). She is currently a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, InformediaEducation Division, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University, where she is collaborating with Parisa Mehran designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating a blended course of Academic English targeting Japanese learners. Her main research interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL), online course development/quality assessment, and AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) applications in language teaching.


Parisa Mehran was born and raised in Tehran. She has a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), from AlzahraUniversity, Tehran. She has taught English for academic purposes (EAP) at Alzahra University, and received a Japanese government scholarship (Monbukagakusho) in 2014. She is currently a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Informedia Education Division, Cybermedia Center, OsakaUniversity. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning (CALL), online course design, and AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) applications in ELT. Her doctoral dissertation concerns the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of an online course for teaching academic English to Japanese undergraduate students at Osaka University.





​​​​​Ali Khajuee​​     Mehrasa Alizadeh​​Parisa Mehran