Teaching Persian Language to Foreign Students

International Language Center of Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)

Persian Language Department is one of the departments which intends to help foreign students learn Persian Language through the latest methods in teaching and also make them familiar with the Iranian culture and make them ready for participating in their Academic courses at university.

  1. Persian Language course

This Course has got three levels; Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced in which students will get acquainted with Receptive Skills (Reading & Listening) and Productive Skills (Speaking & Writing). In all levels vocabulary and grammar are fully integrated.

  1. Levels are based on The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It organizes language proficiency in six levels, A1 to C2, which can be regrouped into three broad levels: Basic User, Independent User and Proficient User, and that can be further subdivided according to the needs of the local context. The levels are defined through ‘can-do’ descriptors. This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

PROFICIENT USER C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
INDEPENDENT USER B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
BASIC
USER
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

  1. The interview is based on the above table.

Table 2- Levels and the books (Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced)

Level Speaking & Listening Reading Writing
Elementary Mina 1 Enjoy Reading 1 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons)
Intermediate Mina 2 Enjoy Reading 2 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book)
Advanced Mina 3 Study of Iran The material is provided by ILCA.

  1. Persian Course Schedule

Elementary Level is covered in 8 weeks and during the 9th week Students have their “Final Exam”.

For Intermediate & Advanced Levels there are two weeks of perquisite Course which enables the students to practice their Speaking Skill during this period and right after that the 8-week course starts. (Altogether Intermediate & Advanced Courses Are 10 weeks.)

There are 6 projects which students receive them on their portals plus the assignments that teachers send them. All of them (projects + assignments) are corrected by teachers and the students can see the feedback in the portals.

Table 3- Schedule for Elementary Level

Hours in Total Number of Projects Writing Reading Listening Speaking Hours for each Skill Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 First Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Second week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Third Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Fourth Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Fifth Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Sixth Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Seventh Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Eighth Week
12 4 Alphabet + Charchoob 1 (12 Lessons) Enjoy Reading 1 Mina 1 Mina 1 3 Ninth Week
108 Hours in Total
Final Exam Tenth Week

Table 4- Schedule for Intermediate Levels

urs in Total Number of Projects Writing Reading Listening Speaking Hours for each Skill Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 First Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Second week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Third Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Fourth Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Fifth Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Sixth Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Seventh Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Eighth Week
12 4 Charchoob 1 (from Lesson 13 –to the end of book)Lessons) Enjoy Reading 2 Mina 2 Mina 2 3 Ninth Week
108 Hours in Total
Final Exam Tenth Week

Table 5- Schedule for Advanced Levels

urs in Total Number of Projects Writing Reading Listening Speaking Hours for each Skill Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 First Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Second week
12 4  The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Third Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Fourth Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Fifth Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Sixth Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Seventh Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Eighth Week
12 4 The material is provided by ILCA. Study of Iran Mina 3 Mina 3 3 Ninth Week
108 Hours in Total
Final Exam Tenth Week

Table 6- Scoring Table

Projects 6 Each1 mark
Attendance 8 Each day 1mark
Mid-Term 12
Final 20
Class Participation 15
Total 61
Online Quizzes 39 3 quizzes(each 13 marks)
Total 100