Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Persian Courses for Fall 2014


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 information session.

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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. Conversation sessions may be conducted by a tutor, teaching assistant, or an international student native speaker who is formally educated in the language. Most sessions for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass. 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, 2014 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 – 1 course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 2 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 2014 

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 information session.

Persian I (half course)  This course is the first course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: Conversation sessions on Fridays from 3:35-4:35 pm at UMass. Individual 30-minute tutorials will also be scheduled to meet at UMass on Fridays.

Persian II (half course) This course is the second course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Most sessions for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass.

Persian III (half course)This course is the third course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Most sessions for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass.

Persian IV (half course)  This course is the final course in the four-course elementary Persian sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Most sessions for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass.

Persian V (half course) This course is the first course of the four-course intermediate Persian sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Persian VI (half course)  This is the second course of the four-course intermediate Persian sequenceSchedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Most sessions for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass.

Persian VII (half course)  This is the third course of the four-course intermediate Persian sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Most sessions for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass.

Persian VIII (half course)  This is the fourth course of the four-course intermediate Persian sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Most sessions for Persian will be scheduled on Fridays at UMass.

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