Investigating Iranian TEFL Teachers’ Perspective towards the Relationship between SLA Research and ELT

Document Type: Original Article


1 Department of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran

2 Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch


The present study aimed at investigating Iranian TEFL teachers’ perspective toward the relationship between SLA research and ELT. The sample of this study consisted of 80 female and male TEFL teachers at different institutes and schools in the city of Tehran. The main instrument was a question- naire designed by Nassaji (2012). It enabled researcher to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. The findings of this study reveal information on different areas like teachers’ familiarity with SLA research, the reason for lack of interest, and the main source they appeal to get the required in- formation for their professional development. The findings indicate that the pedagogical ambience is far from ideal as far as teachers’ involvement with SAL research is concerned. The pedagogical im- plication is that to improve the quality of EFL teaching and learning we are bound to bridge the gap between EFL Teachers and SLA Research.