Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Persian Courses for Spring 2018

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, intermediate, and advanced 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 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.  TConversation 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. Many tutorials and conversation sessions for Persian are scheduled to meet on Fridays at UMass, Amherst College, or the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. 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 Dec. 1, 2017 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: Half courses are worth 2.0 credits at UMass with some exceptions. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 2.0 credits (with some exceptions); Smith – 2.0 credits (with some exceptions) and at the elementary level two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit.

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

Persian Offerings for Spring 2018

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. 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. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 will receive priority in scheduling. 

Written Persian I (half course) Written Persian I is designed for students who have advanced fluency in spoken Persian but need to learn to read and write. The course is offered through the Five College Mentored Language Program. The course format includes one 60-minute individual tutorial per week. A placement interview is required. The course includes a complete review of Persian grammar and structure. By the end of the course, students should be able to read standard Persian and be able to compose simple texts such as dialogues, paragraphs, and letters in written Persian. Written Persian is 1.5 credits.

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. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 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. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 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 Friday afternoons at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 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. The time and location of sessions will be determined based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 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 Friday afternoons at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 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 Friday afternoons at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 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 Friday afternoons at UMass. The time and location of the conversation session will be scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Schedule options for Persian will be limited. Students who submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017 will receive priority in scheduling.

Topics in Advanced Persian: Students who complete through level VIII in the Five College program should discuss options for continuing with the program director.