Persian has long been an important language that is spoken in a vast area for ages. Structurally one of the inflected languages, Persian is known as the language of poetry in the world literature. Nowadays, it is estimated that as well as being a formal language in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, especially in India and in Pakistan it is spoken by nearly more than 180 million people. According to CIA World Factbook, approximately 100 million people’s native language is Persian in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. It has three main dialects; modern Persian spoken in Iran; Dari dialects spoken in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan; and Tajiki dialects spoken in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russia. While Modern Persian and Dari dialects use Arabic alphabet, Tajiki dialect is written in Cyrillic alphabet. The main reason of interest in Persian in our country is that it has deeply influenced our literature throughout history. The renowned sufi Mevlânâ Celâleddîn-î Rûmî who wrote his works in Persian is the best example of it. Furthermore, recent increase in political and economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan and that Iran is located next to us raise the demand for Persian.
General Purpose Courses
Courses are available as two options; a) 1-month 40 hours (10 hours a week) b) 2-month 48 hours (6 hours a week). Upon request, tailor-made courses are also offered.
12-level Persian courses consist of 6 basic, 4 intermediate and 2 upper-intermediate levels. Lessons are taught in accordance with the European Language Portfolio requirements. Students reach the level of B2 upon the completion of standard education.
Upon completion of basic and intermediate levels, students are given a certificate. A “TÖMER Diploma” approved by the President of Ankara University is given to students completing upper-intermediate level successfully.
We employ student-centred eclectic approach, where lecturers are moderators, and every student has equal right to speak and is required to be active throughout the lesson. Lessons are taught in Persian. Four main language skills, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, and grammar as a sub-skill are equally included in lessons.
Course book series, workbooks, listening CD’s and DVD’s are used in general purpose Persian courses. In upper-intermediate level, up-to-date materials such as newspapers and articles are used to improve our students’ speaking skill.
Courses for Specific Purposes
Courses for YDS, translation and interpreting examinations of official and private institutions, and general translation are available upon demand. In these courses, common test techniques and grammar skills are studied.
Speaking Club and Speaking Classes
Speaking clubs are available for our students at different hours. Various topics of interest are discussed among students under the supervision of experienced Turkish and native speaker Persian lecturers. These classes are free of charge for TÖMER students.
We also offer courses focusing solely on speaking as a course for specific purpose
At the end of the course period students take the final exam aimed at assessing the four main language skills. Should a student fail one of the skills of the exam, he/she can take a make-up exam. However, failure in more than one skill requires the repetition of the course.
|LEVELS||COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK||EXAM||COURSEBOOKS|
|ELEMENTARY 1||A1||NO||PERSIAN 1 (ELEMENTARY LESSONS)|
|ELEMENTARY 4||A2||NO||PERSIAN 2 (ELEMENTARY LESSONS)|
|CERTIFICATE OF ELEMENTARY|
|INTERMEDIATE 1||B1||NO||PERSIAN LANGUAGE BOOK:3 IRAN TODAY|
|CERTIFICATE OF INTERMEDIATE|
|UPPER INTERMEDIATE 1||B2||NO||PERSIAN LANGUAGE BOOK 4:
HISTORY CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF IRAN
|UPPER INTERMEDIATE 2||YES|
At some levels assessment of students’ performance by the instructor rather than an exam is the method for students’ failure or success. Considering the performance of the student, his/her attendance, homework, quizzes the instructor assess the student as fail or pass. Students who fail this assessment may require to take an exam.