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Learn Persian Through the Shahname, from Sep 20, 2021 to Oct 01, 2021 (2 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is inviting you to apply to the “Learn Persian through the Shahname” online course. The full course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week. This online course will start on September 20, 2021, and last till October 1, 2021.Learn More
Persian Language Semester Program and Internship, from Jan 16, 2022 to May 07, 2022 (16 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing the second 16 weeks Persian language semester in Yerevan, Armenia. The second 16 weeks semester program of Persian language will start on January 16, 2022, and will last till May 7, 2022 (111 days, 320 hours of Persian language instruction).Learn More
Middle Persian (Pahlavi) Online School, from Oct 04, 2021 to Oct 22, 2021 (3 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing Middle Persian (Pahlavi) online school. The 3 weeks Pahlavi online school will start on October 04, 2021, and last till October 22, 2021. The Middle Persian language online school will help the participants become skillful in reading and interpreting Pahlavi texts.Learn More
Old Persian Online School, from Oct 25, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021 (3 weeks)
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing an Old Persian online course. The 3 week-long Old Persian online course will start on October 25, 2021, and last till November 12, 2021. The Old Persian language online course will help the participants become proficient in reading and interpreting Old Persian texts.Learn More
Persian Language Winter School, from Nov 28, 2021 to Dec 24, 2021 (4 weeks (or 2-3 weeks))
We invite international participants to take part in our 2021 Persian language winter school. We value classroom experience, networking opportunities, one-to-one tutoring, academic conversations, good food, and traveling to wonderful destinations during our Persian summer and winter courses. The 4-week Persian language summer school will start on November 28, 2021, and will last till December 24, 2021. Applicants may also choose to participate in a 2 or 3 weeks’ program. We appreciate your time and your commitment to learning Persian and promise to organize an unforgettable Persian language course for you. And this is why we ask and encourage you to apply and participate. Thank you.Learn More
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is inviting you to apply to the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course. The full course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week only. This online course will start on January 04, 2021 and will last till January 15, 2021.
The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer, winter and online school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials
“Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” is a near advanced course and students will need to have a solid background of Persian with at least intermediate skills in Persian reading comprehension.
The “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course will help the participants to master skills in Persian, particularly in reading and interpreting Persian classical poetry, deepen their knowledge of the Masnavi and learn the various meanings of Persian words.
The 2 weeks “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course offers 40 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 10 days of teaching (from Monday till Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive Persian language instruction through the Rumi’s Masnavi for 4 hours. In addition to reading and discussing the Masnavi every day, the students will also read an article in Persian by an Iranian scholar about a unique aspect of the Masnavi. These readings are available in our syllabus. Every day the class will start with a discussion of the homework and the mentioned article. Following this, the class will read, interpret and decipher one or several stories from the Masnavi. Each day's class will end with discussion and questions.
The full syllabus of the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course is available here: https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/learn-persian-through-rumi-masnavi-syllabus
We are planning to start the online classes at 9 PM Yerevan time. This time was chosen in order to accommodate students from both European and American countries. Depending on the geographic location of applicants, the time may be changed and all applicants will be informed about these changes prior to the start of the course.
Each four-hour day will be divided into the following sections:
First class - homework and discussion of homework article
Second class - Reading Masnavi
Third class - Reading Masnavi
Fourth class - Discussion and questions
During the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” classes, the following components will be covered every day to foster the Persian language knowledge of the participants:
Grammar: Every day, we will cover the main grammatical concepts of the Masnavi along with their parallels in modern Persian.
Vocabulary: During the 2-week course it is anticipated that the participants will learn around 500 or more Persian words that will facilitate their further study of Classical Persian literature.
Listening: The classes are scheduled in a way so that each day participants will also listen to audio recordings of the Masnavi.
Speaking: Every day the classes will push the students to exercise their speaking abilities through discussions, conversations and role-plays about various stories of the Masnavi.
Writing: Each day the participants will have assignments and homework to complete for the next day.
Reading: Every day, students will read and discuss the text of the Masnavi. The corpus of texts to be read and discussed during the classes will include various stories from the Masnavi.
This Persian language school is designed for participants who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Persian language, deepen their knowledge of Persian grammar, the literary language and classical poetry through Rumi’s Masnavi.
The “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course will have 1 group of up to 12 participants. The participants must have at least an intermediate level of Persian knowledge before starting this course with ASPIRANTUM.
ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language schools are organized in a way that undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and professors as well as anyone interested in learning Persian through the Masnavi will benefit from it. Thus, everyone with an intermediate level of Persian is welcome to apply and participate in ASPIRANTUM’s “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” course from January 04, 2021 till January 15, 2021, online.
Instructor: The "Learn Persian through Shahname" online course will be taught by Ms. Fanoos Faroughi. Professor Vardan Voskanian and Mr. Ruben Nikoghosyan will be the assistant instructors during this course (see profiles below).
The deadline to apply to the 1 or 2 weeks “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course is December 21, 2020.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
The participation fee is 600 USD if you only participate in the first week of the course. The participation fee for the two-week full course is $900.
Need-based discounts will also be available. Please send an email to [email protected] describing your situation and we will consider your case individually.
Each participant of the online school may find sources of financial aid from their own University/School/Community or other relevant foundations.
Letter of Invitation
If necessary, ASPIRANTUM will provide applicants with an official letter to support scholarship applications.
Maximum capacity in the group: 12 students
Communication medium: The online course will be organized through Zoom.
To apply please fill in the application form below.
Registered participants should send 100% of the participation fee before December 28, 2020 online via debit/credit (Visa or Mastercard).
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
“As a long time and advanced learner of Persian, I was highly impressed by the quality of the instruction and gained myself much from it.”
Asael BenyamiMA student, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
“The Shāhnāma course was a great way to learn Persian by sparing with a classical Persian text. Students left with a better understanding of Firdawsī’s magnum opus (shāhkār) and will never envision the Shāhnāma the same way again.”
Christopher "Carson" ConlonMPhil, Islamic Studies and History, University of Oxford, UK
“I shall look forward, time and circumstances permitting, to participating in some of the other Persian courses that Aspiratum plans in the future.”
Husain Kazmi MDIndependent Scholar, USA
“The course ”Learn Persian Through the Shahname” in which I took part in September 2020 was a wonderful experience.”
Piotr SzustakiewiczMA student, University of Warsaw, Poland
Fanoos FaroughiInstructor of Persian Language
Fanoos Faroughi teaches the students not only to read and understand Rumi's Masnavi, but also shows the participants the ways to read and understand other classical Persian masterpieces.
Learn Persian through Rumi's Masnavi Syllabus
The course is about one of Rumi’s Masterpieces, the Masnavi Ma’navi. The aim of this course is to advance and improve participants’ knowledge of the Persian language through studying the mostly colloquial language style of the work as is still practiced by Persian speakers. The conversation and discussion units of each teaching day will provide the participants with a chance for more interactive immersion experiences. The aim is that by the end of the course the participants are expected to be able to recognize the widely used verses of the Masnavi as proverbs and metaphors in everyday language. Each day will focus on intense readings of the Masnavi, explanations of difficult words, lexical variations and verse semantics, as well as the individual words and their function within the tales and stories.Learn More