Sessional Lecturer of French

Ph.D., Paul Valery University
M.A., Paul Valery University
M.A., Shahid Beheshti University

Dr. Somayeh Kamranian is a sessional instructor of French in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at British Colombia University. She is trained in French as a foreign language and she has more than 4 years of experience of teaching French to non-native speakers. She has an excellent knowledge of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and as a certified DELF/DALF examiner, she worked in the Institute of French Studies for Foreign Learners at Paul Valery University in 2014.

Since 2015, she is teaching French Language and French Literature in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and in the Continuing Studies Department at British Colombia University and also in the French department at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Kamranian is a specialist of 17th- and 18th -century French literature. Her PhD thesis focuses on different aspects of mystical writing in the seventeenth century (John of St. Samson). She also studied the philosophical theme of cosmopolitanism through several books of the eighteenth century. She is fascinated by the clarity of the style of the writers of the seventeenth century and the free spirit of the Enlightenment.


  • French language, literature and culture
  • 18th century French literature, Cosmopolitism
  • 17thcentury French literature, Spiritual French literature