Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Persian Courses for Fall 2016

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG), or attend a drop-in session.


Study of Persian (Iranian Farsi) is available to all Five College students at the beginning and intermediate levels in a special “Mentored” format. In addition, beginning Dari (Afghan Persian) is available through the Supervised Independent Language Program.

Mentored Persian course sessions are in the form of small group conversation sessions and individual one-on-one tutorial sessions. Homework is structured by a series of detailed study guides providing step-by-step preparation instructions for the week. The courses cover all four primary language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. To see recent course syllabi and study guides, visit the Persian course page on the Center's LangMedia website. 

The small group conversation sessions (typically 1-3 students per group) allow ample opportunity for students to practice using the language. The sessions emphasize using in the language in ways a student might encounter when using Persian in everyday life. The one-on-one tutorial sessions allow time to discuss grammatical questions, get feedback and help with written homework, and can be geared to meet the specific language learning needs of each student.  

The individual tutorial sessions are conducted by post-baccalaureate or graduate-level tutors or teaching assistants hired and trained by the Center. Tutorials for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass.Conversation sessions may be conducted by a tutor, teaching assistant, or an international student native speaker who is formally educated in the language.

Students need to be aware that space in Persian courses is limited and there is little flexibility in scheduling. Students will submit schedule information for session scheduling after pre-registration ends or as part of the admissions process for students who apply after pre-registration. Students who apply and submit schedule information by May 1, 2016 will receive priority in scheduling.

WORKLOAD AND CREDIT

Persian courses are half courses. Students in half courses have one 30-minute individual tutorial per week and one 60-minute small group conversation session. Students in half courses should plan on one hour a day of individual work outside of sessions. It takes four semesters to complete the four-course elementary sequence at the half course pace: Persian I, II, III, and IV. Credit for half courses: Amherst  – half course; Hampshire – half course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 1.5 credits and at the elementary level two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit; UMass – 1.5 credits.

Want to know more? Check out the Online Orientation Tutorial and the Persian Course Syllabi. 

Persian Schedule for Fall 2016

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG), or attend a drop-in session.

Persian I (half course)  This course is the first course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. 

Conversation session - UMass section:
Fridays at UMass from 4:00-5:00 pm

Tutorial times - one 30-minute tutorial per week:
Tutorial times will be assigned based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Tutorials take place on Friday afternoons at UMass. Priority in tutorial time is given to students who apply and submit schedule information by May 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

Persian II (half course) This course is the second course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. Tutorials will normally be scheduled for Friday afternoons at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who submit schedule information by May 1, 2016, will receive priority in scheduling.

Persian III (half course)This course is the third course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. Tutorials will normally be scheduled for Friday afternoons at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who submit schedule information by May 1, 2016, will receive priority in scheduling.

Persian IV (half course)  This course is the final course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. Tutorials will normally be scheduled for Fridays at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who submit schedule information by May 1, 2016, will receive priority in scheduling.

Persian V (half course) This course is the first course of the four-course intermediatePersian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. Tutorials will normally be scheduled for Fridays at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who submit schedule information by May 1, 2016, will receive priority in scheduling.

Persian VI (half course)  This is the second course of the four-course intermediate Persian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. Tutorials will normally be scheduled for Fridays at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who submit schedule information by May 1, 2016, will receive priority in scheduling.

Persian VII (half course)  This is the third course of the four-course intermediate Persian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. Tutorials will normally be scheduled for Fridays at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who submit schedule information by May 1, 2016, will receive priority in scheduling.

Persian VIII (half course)  This is the fourth course of the four-course intermediate Persian sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week and one individual 30-minute tutorial per week. Tutorials will normally be scheduled for Fridays at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who submit schedule information by May 1, 2016, will receive priority in scheduling.

Courses above level VIII: Students who complete through level VIII in the Five College program should discuss options for continuing with the program coordinator.