With the hope that the corona virus pandemic will end we are announcing our 2020 Persian language winter school. We invite international participants who are tired of staying home because of the pandemic and who hope that this situation will end soon, to take part in our 2020 Persian language winter school. Although we also try to offer online classes of Persian, we and our participants 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. 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 Persian language winter school to be organized from November 29 till December 19, 2020 in Yerevan, Armenia.
The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer and winter school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials
2020 Persian language 21 days’ winter school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Persian, reading and interpreting Persian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in colloquial Persian.
The Persian language winter school offers 60 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 15 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 in a rapid pace:
Grammar: Every day class will cover the main grammatical concepts of 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 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 2020 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. We do not offer beginner classes or advanced classes of Persian language. 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 instructor of Persian language has an 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 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.
Before the classes start the instructor of Persian will send a written test to all confirmed participants as well as will have a video call with all of them to assess their knowledge of Persian prior to the start of the school. By the end of the school the students will pass a final exam to assess their advancement during the school.
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 29 till December 19 in Yerevan.
The deadline to apply to the 2020 Persian language winter school is October 15, 2020.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
Participation fee: $1890
(October 30 is the final date of payment. October 15 is the deadline to apply. To apply please fill in the application form below).
This price includes reading and writing materials, coffee breaks and cultural trips to Garni temple. Geghard Monastery, Sevan lake, other cultural places, as well as museums in Yerevan, which will transform your stay in Armenia into an unforgettable, academically oriented endeavour.
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.
“Learning Persian language was not limited to in-class exercises because daily homework kept me busy in the afternoon, and even at nights. I even had a dream in Persian language at the end of my sixth week.”
Bihter EsenerPhD student, Art history, Koc University, Turkey
“ASPIRANTUM was a fantastic experience, both because its approach to language learning covered so many angles and because Armenia creates opportunities that are impossible to find elsewhere.”
Jeffrey HainesPhD student, University of Washington, USA
“My experience with ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language program was memorable because the support offered, the quality of instruction, and the connections I formed with classmates.”
Michael ReevesMA student, Georgetown University, USA
“The ASPIRANTUM intensive summer program was a wonderful experience because it provided both intensive instruction in Persian and numerous opportunities to travel within Armenia. I highly recommend this summer course.”
Rachel CochranPhD student in History, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA
“The quality of language instruction makes this program an excellent choice for students interested in quickly improving their Persian, and the hospitality and warmth of the ASPIRANTUM team, and the country of Armenia, will make it an unforgettable experience.”
Tabriz MohseninMA student, The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK
“The quality of teaching was excellent, with a good balance between grammar, reading, speaking and listening.”
Olivia BookerArtist, UK
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