Document Type : Research article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Literature, Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Literature, Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran

3 M.A. in TEFL, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University


The present qualitative study narrates the challenges and identity changes experienced by an Iranian English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher taking her initial steps in developing second language reading materials through recreating the anecdotes of a Persian classic poet. Her descriptive and analytic field notes while designing the materials, feedbacks received from two advisors and six language teachers, and various drafts of the developed materials as documents formed the data for this self-study. Meticulous analysis of the data revealed the ways by which the practicing materials developer revisited a number of normative assumptions which had permeated her cognition; started to see materials development as art; and practiced self-reliance, creativity, respect, and ownership. Given the paucity of narrative enquiries focusing on materials developers’ identity (re)-construction, the present study is hoped to provide a richer understanding of the processes involved in generating classroom materials.


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