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.
ASPIRANTUM - School of languages and cultures invites international participants to apply and take part in the Persian language winter school to be organized from November 28 till December 24, 2021, in Yerevan, Armenia.
The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer and winter school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials
2021 Persian language 28 days’ winter school will help the participants to master skills in written and oral modern Persian, to read and interpret Persian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepen their knowledge in colloquial Persian.
Below, in the application form, you may select also a 2 (14 days, 40 hours) or 3 (21 days, 60 hours) weeks program starting from November 28, 2021
The Persian language winter school offers 80 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 20 days of teaching (from Monday till Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive Persian language instruction for 4 hours. The classes start in the mornings and the schedule is the following:
09:00 - 10:00 - Persian language class
10:00 - 10:10 - Coffee Break
10:10 - 11:10 - Persian language class
11:10 - 11:20 - Coffee Break
11:20 - 12:30 - Persian language class
12:30 - 12:40 - Coffee Break
12:40 - 13:40 - Persian language class (fourth and final class)
During the Persian language winter classes the following components will be covered every day to foster the Persian language knowledge of participants at a rapid pace:
Grammar: Every day class will cover the main grammatical concepts of the modern Persian language.
Vocabulary: During the 3 weeks course it is anticipated that the participants will learn around 1000 new Persian words from literary language as well as words used in everyday life.
Listening: The classes are scheduled in a way that participants with the guidance of an experienced instructor learn the Persian language through songs and movies as well as watching and listening to news and other short videos about interesting and sometimes funny topics and stories about Iranian realities.
Speaking: Every day the Persian language classes will push the students to exercise their speaking abilities through discussions, conversations, and interpretations about different texts and topics.
Writing: Each day the participants of the Persian language class will have assignments and homework to complete for the next day. The homework will primarily involve writing assignments and those will be assessed by the teacher and discussed the next day’s Persian language class.
Reading: Every day students will read and discuss political texts, prose and poetry, conversations and news. The corpus of texts to be read and discussed during the classes comprises different prominent Persian authors, daily conversations as well as news of the day.
This Persian language school is designed for participants, at least 18 years-old, who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Persian language, deepen their knowledge of Persian grammar, colloquial speech and literary language.
The Persian language winter school 2021 will have 1 or 2 groups of up to 12 participants (the ASPIRANTUM Persian language groups during the last 2 years have usually had 2-11 students). The participants must have upper elementary, lower-intermediate, and intermediate level of Persian language knowledge before starting the classes with ASPIRANTUM. Below are the descriptions of mentioned levels:
1. Upper elementary level (A1-A2) :
You know the alphabet and can read words and expressions sometimes with difficulties; You can write words, expressions, and sentences in Persian; You master certain typical phrases in Persian and know how to write them; You barely understand everyday Persian language
2. Lower intermediate level (A2) :
You have a certain amount of difficulty in understanding the Persian language except in very precise situations; You are capable of having a simple conversation in Persian; You understand a simple written text or isolated words in Persian; You still make a lot of mistakes of expressions, vocabulary, and grammar
3. Intermediate level (A2-B1) :
You manage to enter into a discussion but do not always find the appropriate turns of phrase in Persian; You manage to express your opinion in Persian and to understand the person you're speaking with; You understand voice recordings (radio, telephone, answering machine, skype, etc.); You have difficulty understanding a person who speaks quickly; You still make pronunciation, grammar, and precision mistakes
Our instructors of the Persian language have extensive experience to teach students of mentioned levels in one group in a way, that all students have a rapid growth in their knowledge of the Persian language. Depending on the number of students ASPIRANTUM Persian language winter school may have 2 groups, where the students will be split according to their levels.
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 benefit from it the most. So everyone with upper elementary, lower-intermediate, and intermediate levels of Persian is welcome to apply and participate in ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language winter school from November 28 till December 24 in Yerevan.
The deadline to apply to the 2021 Persian language winter school is October 20, 2021.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
The participation fee is:
$1590 - 4 weeks. Below, in the application form, you may select also a 2 or 3 weeks program starting from Nov 28
$1290 - 3 weeks
$990 - 2 weeks
(October 30 is the final date of payment. October 20 is the deadline to apply. To apply please fill in the application form below).
This price includes reading and writing materials, coffee breaks, and a cultural trip to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery.
We will not cover Accommodation, insurance, breakfast, lunch, dinner, visa costs, travel costs to Armenia, from Armenia and in Armenia, any costs of accompanying friends or family members.
There are several scholarships available to participate in ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language winter school. For details on scholarships, please check our "scholarships" section.
Each participant of the winter school may find other sources of financial aid from their own University/School/Community or other relevant foundations.
ASPIRANTUM will provide applicants with an official letter of invitation to support scholarship and travel grant applications.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
“The classes are intense but the quality of instruction is excellent and the curriculum is structured such that its beneficial to students with a wide range of academic focuses whether that be cultural, political, historical, etc.”
Asha SawhneyBA student, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, USA
“Daily Persian classes expanded my vocabulary, improved my speaking abilities and introduced me to some lovely classical poetry.”
Avanti DivanBA student, Princeton University, USA
“After three weeks of learning with a great professor, Leili, and getting to know Khachik and the rest of the staff of ASPIRANTUM, I can say that I had one of the most enriching experiences of my life.”
Christian PetrilloBA student, University of Pennsylvania, USA
“My expectations were not just met but vastly exceeded. I would highly recommend ASPIRANTUM’s Persian Language summer school as well as the other language schools organized by them.”
Jeremy AllenBA student, McGill University, Canada
“The winter session exceeded all my expectations. I was able to learn Persian at a rapid pace, while also exploring Yerevan with new friends.”
Nancy KoMPhil Candidate, Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford
“The quality of teaching was excellent, with a good balance between grammar, reading, speaking and listening.”
Olivia BookerArtist, UK
Ruben NikoghosyanInstructor of Persian Language
Mr. Nikoghosyan has read the Shahname not only in Persian but also has carefully studied the Armenian, Russian, English and German translations of this masterpiece. He knows the history of every single word in Shahname and is going to share his knowledge with students in an impressive manner.
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