Applied Linguistics

Date of birth: July 6, 1988
Citizenship: Iran
Resides in: Germany


Somayeh Nourazar has got her Master’s degree in TEFL. Currently, she is a student in English Studies: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). She is an expert in language education and an experienced English language instructor. She has been working as an EFL/ESL instructor and teacher trainer since 2012. She is skilled in educational leadership and applied linguistics. Her main research interests include 21st century skills development, effective learning and teaching environments, educational technology, and teacher education.


Master of Arts in English Studies: Applied Linguistics

Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Germany, Oct 2022-Oct 2024 (Expected)

M.A. in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching

University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran, 2014-2017

Dissertation title: “Critical Analysis of Complete IELTS Textbook: Cultural Factors in Focus.”

B.A. in English Language Translation Studies

University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran, 2007-2011

High School Diploma in Mathematics & Physics

Zanjan, Iran, 2005


Business English Tutor, Part-time (Remote, 2022-2023)

Global English Language School, Istanbul, Turkey 

General English and IELTS Instructor, Part-time (Feb 2022-Sep 2022)

International Language Center of Amirkabir University of Technology (ILCA) , Tehran, Iran

EFL Instructor, Full time (2019-2020)

Fatih Final okulları (Fatih Final School), Istanbul, Turkey

EFL / ESP Instructor, Part time (2019-2020)

Global English Language School, Istanbul, Turkey

EFL Instructor, Part time (2017-2019)

Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR),  Zanjan, Iran

EFL Instructor, Part time (2012-2019)

Iranzamin Language School, Zanjan, Iran


Head of the English Language Department (2019-2020)

Fatih Final okulları (Fatih Final School), Istanbul, Turkey

Director of Studies (2018-2019)

Helal Language School, Zanjan, Iran

  • Ran TTC (Teacher Training Courses) for the teaching staff
  • Headed the recruitment process
  • Held workshops on teaching issues and provided support and guidance to teachers in the promotion of standards of teaching across the school
  • Scheduled lessons
  • Planned extracurricular activities

Office Staff (2015-2017)

International Scientific Cooperation Office, University of Zanjan, Iran

  • Coordinated the presence of international visitors and delegates at the University
  • Coordinated international workshops held by the University in various fields
  • Created content for the website of the university in English and Persian Languages
  • Provided and translated the content of MoUs in English and Persian languages
  • Attended meetings on international cooperation agreements with international universities and prepared the reports of the events

Project Manager, SLW (Student-Led Workshop) organizer, (2016-2017)

Iranzamin Language School, Zanjan, Iran

  • Initiated and managed SLWs as an innovative extracurricular program for EFL learners in Iranzamin Language School.


Drama: Open & Closed (script-based)

Fatih Final okulları (Fatih Final School), Istanbul, Turkey (2020)

Description: Students play roles based on teaching aims and learners’ needs.

Aim: Combination of physical activity and emotional involvement leads to improved retention of language structures and vocabulary.

SLW (Student-Led Workshop)

Iranzamin Language School, Iran (2017)

Description: Students are encouraged to propose a topic of their interest (a general topic). Once it is approved, they submit a proposal to run a workshop on the selected topic. Presenters are provided with guidance and support in the process of planning and running the workshop. The workshop can be run by individuals or a small team of students (ideally no more than 3). The student presenter(s) is responsible for what is covered in the workshop. SLWs don’t include any assessment. The workshops provide a friendly environment for the learners to exchange ideas without any stress of being assessed by a teacher as no teacher joins the workshops. The call for application opens each month during each semester.


  • Fostering students’ self-confidence and speaking ability.
  • Improving team work skills.
  • Helping students to take responsibility for their own learning.

Topic-based Vocabulary Notebook

Iranzamin Language School, Iran (2016)

Designed and introduced innovative series of Topic-based Vocabulary Notebooks for the intermediate and above EFL learners.

Publications and Presentations

The Impact of Scaffolded Metacognitive Writing Strategy Instruction on Iranian Intermediate EFL Learners’ IELTS Writing Task 2

Education Research International (2022) pp, 1-8 DOI:

“Integrating Transversal Skills in the EFL Classroom: Knowledge beyond Language Learning.” Paper presented at the 18th International TELLSI Conference , Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, 2021

“Investigating the Impact of Scaffolded Instruction on Metacognitive Knowledge in EFL Learners’ IELTS Writing Task 1.” Paper presented at the National Conference on English Studies (Teaching and Learning, Literature, Translation, and Linguistics), Amiralmoemenin University, Ahwaz, Iran, 2019

“Investigating the Role of Metacognitive Knowledge in EFL Learners’   IELTS Writing Task 2.” Paper presented at the First International Conference on Issues in English Language Teaching and Literature, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran, 2018


  • Curriculum development
  • Material development
  • Teacher Training
  •  Integration of drama in EFL/ESL environment
  • Analytical skill
  • Research
  • Presentation
  • Microsoft Office
  • LaTeX
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • SPSS


  • English: Full Professional Proficiency
  • German: Intermediate
  • Persian: Native Language
  • Turkish: Full Professional Proficiency



  • Dr. Hesamuddin Aliasin, Assistant Professor, English Language Department, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
  • Dr. Fariba Mobini, Assistant Professor, English Language Department, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran        


  • Dr. Esmail Karamidehkordi, Associate Professor, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran/ Former Director of International Scientific Cooperation Office, University of Zanjan, Iran

  • Amirhossein Esmkhani, CEO at Iranzamin Language School, Zanjan, Iran