Fall term enrollment is now open!
  • Multiple levels
  • Small class size – max. 9 students
  • Native-speaking & experienced instructors
  • Affordable tuition – $340 per level
  • 4 terms per year – each 10 weeks long
  • Convenient downtown location

The Persian (Farsi) Language Program at ILI consists of four 10-week terms throughout the year. We offer 8 different levels from beginner to advanced. Classes meet at the Institute once a week in the evenings. Our teachers are all native-speaking and experienced. The Persian (Farsi) Language Program integrates speaking, listening, reading and writing. We maintain small class sizes to enable adequate time for conversation in every class. To find your level, please refer to the level description or use our self-evaluation guide. If you have further questions, please call Jonathan Selkin, ILI’s Foreign Language Coordinator, at 202-686-5610 extension 105.

Schedule

Fall term enrollment is now open!

2017 Term: Session Dates: Registration Deadline: Discount ends:
Fall Sep.18-Dec. 2, 2017 Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017 Aug. 14, 2017

2018 Term: Session Dates: Registration Deadline: Discount ends:
Winter Jan. 8-Mar. 17, 2018 Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 Dec. 4, 2017
Spring Apr. 2-Jun. 9, 2018 Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 Feb. 26, 2018
Summer Jun. 25-Sep. 1, 2018 Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018 May 21, 2018
Fall Sep.17-Dec. 1, 2018 Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018 Aug. 13, 2018

Persian Level Description

Offered on: Tuesdays: 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

This course will introduce the student to modern spoken Persian (Farsi). At this level, students will be exposed to most everyday conversational needs such as formal introductions, greetings, offering thanks, ordering food in restaurants, ordering merchandise at the local Persian stores, paying bills, and discussing the weather. Introduction to basic listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course. This course is for those students with little or no ability in Persian language. Previous knowledge of Persian (Farsi) not required.

Obejective: To introduce students to basic Persian alphabet, vowels and handwriting, to basic Persian vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and to provide students with the ability to engage in simple conversation. The emphasis of this class is on learning Persian sounds and alphabet pronunciation and writing, vocabulary building, basic grammar and basic conversation.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to make simple sentences; engage in basic conversations involving greetings/introduction of self and the description of things; know general expressions and short phrases.

Topics: Grammatical topics covered in this level will include the Persian alphabet, simple sentence structure, interrogative and negative sentences, numbers, singular and plural names, definite and indefinite nouns, demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.

Textbook: “How to Speak, Read & Write Persian”, paperback with set of 4 CD’s, $80

Lessons: Chapters 1-3, pages 10-35, plus teacher selected supplemental material.
Offered on: Wednesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

This level continues to build up necessary grammar skills that will enable students to understand, read, write, and translate sentences. It continues to build on Persian Basic 1 level by adding vocabulary and more complex sentences. Classes will focus on speaking grammatically correct Persia and engaging in meaningful longer conversations. In addition, the names of the seasons, months, days of the week, telling time, weather, geographic elements, and names of the countries in Persian are among some of the topics that will be introduced/ reviewed.

Objective: To continue to develop and enhance students’ introductory level toward intermediate level of reading, writing and oral skills in Persian language through more intricate verb tenses and lengthier speaking, writing, and reading assignments.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to use an expanded Persian vocabulary in dialogues and written work; to correctly use present, past, future and imperative tenses; and to continue to read increasingly complex passages in Persian.

Topics: Introduction of the simple present and past tenses. Expanding on the grammatical structures learned from the previous level, prepositions, adjectives, comparatives and superlatives, demonstrative adjectives, and pronouns will be introduced.

Textbook: “How to Speak, Read & Write Persian”, paperback with set of 4 CD’s, $80

Lessons: Chapters 4-6, pages 36-60, plus teacher selected supplemental material.
Offered on: Thursdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

This course is ideal for those who have studied some Persian and need a refresher. The first part of the course will be dedicated to the review of the previous Basic levels. Building on the previous basic levels, students will expand their vocabulary to include more specialized areas of interest such as business, culture, politics, and extended family. Complex grammatical topics will be introduced and practiced while engaging in advanced conversations and oral presentations by the students.

Objective: To work toward a more advanced level of grammar, reading, comprehension and speaking with increasingly more complex subject matter and style. Students will have acquired a solid foundation of the language.

Learning Outcome: Upon completion of this level students will be able to engage in conversations and be involved with reading about a broader range of topics with greater confidence and precision. At the end of this third basic class students will be ready to move on to the intermediate levels.

Topics: Much of the course introduces new materials, such as numerals, interrogatives, conjugation of some irregular verbs, building suffixes and prefixes, order of words in the sentence, and continuous tenses.

Textbook: “How to Speak, Read & Write Persian”, paperback with set of 4 CD’s, $120.75

Lessons: Chapters 7-9, pages 61-88, plus teacher selected supplemental material.

Offered on: Tuesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

This course will include a review of the basics of Persian with continuing understanding of intermediate elements in the language. Grammatical topics will include review of verb tenses, as well as order of words in the sentence. More advanced vocabulary and grammar will be introduced. Cultural, political, and family topics will be discussed.

Objective: Through more complex vocabulary, grammatical style, and topics, students will work toward a more complete understanding of reading and speaking in Persian.

Learning Outcome: Upon completion of this level students will be able to take a Persian conversation or written passage to a more sophisticated level while acquiring a more advanced understanding of Persian language and culture.

Topics: Review of all basic verb tenses. Introduction of the subjunctive and the use of the present & past perfect, the future, compound verbs, the direct object marker, prepositions, the use of the infinitive, and more complex sentence structures.

Textbook: “How to Speak, Read & Write Persian”, paperback with set of 4 CD’s, $80

Lessons: Chapters 10-13, pages 89-122, plus teacher selected supplemental material.
Offered on: Thursdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

At this level, the conversations and grammar become more complex. Students will review complex verbs and tenses, building sentences, speaking on different topics. Subjects of Persian geography, history, culture, and politics will be presented in more details than before.

Objective: Through increasingly more complex vocabulary and working interrelationships of verb tenses, students will strengthen their reading, speaking, and writing skills.

Learning Outcome: Upon completion of this level, students will have deepened their knowledge acquired in the Intermediate 1 class, and be able to successfully use all working verb tenses in an interactive manner.

Topics: Grammatical points covered in this class will include most complex verb forms and more complex sentence structures: The imperative, the negative, the passive, conditionals, adverbs, relative pronouns & clauses, and conjunctions.

Textbook: “How to Speak, Read & Write Persian”, paperback with set of 4 CD’s, $80

Lessons: Chapters 14-17, pages 123-165, plus teacher selected supplemental material.
Offered on: Intermediate 3: Thursdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

This course is the last of the Intermediate level classes. Students will continue to work on translating Persian literature. This level is designed to prepare the student for advanced work in Persian. There will be a review of topics taught in previous levels and introduction of new topics such as more sophisticated vocabulary and themes in Persian culture.

Objective: Through new, advanced vocabulary, and additional grammar, students will become accustomed to communicating in different tenses. New idiomatic expressions will be introduced together with exposure to new cultural/social topics.

Learning Outcome: Students will become comfortable speaking in most complex situations and will acquire the confidence to participate in the more advanced level classes.

Topics: Review of most complex grammatical points including verb forms and sentence structures. The main focus of this class will be on translation & on fine-tuning & practicing idiomatic expressions.

Textbook: “How to Speak, Read & Write Persian”, paperback with set of 4 CD’s, $80

Lessons: Chapters 18-20, pages 166-194, plus teacher selected supplemental material.
Offered on: Mondays: 6:15-8:45 pm

This level introduces the advanced levels in Persian. This course is ideal for those students who can speak, read, and write Persian but lack confidence. The Pre-Advanced level is intended to help learners reach an advanced level of proficiency. Several authentic texts by writers from across the Persian speaking world will address a wide range of political, social, religious, and literary themes and represent a range of genres, styles, and periods.

Objective: To build on writing and conversational skills acquired in the intermediate levels to assist the student in formulating ideas, writing essays, and ideas that would be considered complicated and sophisticated.

Learning Outcome: Students will also start paying attention to the stylistic features of Persian. This level will also begin to engage students in complicated text translations and interpretation of more complicated and sophisticated conversations.

Topics: Although this level focuses on modern spoken Persian, some classical texts will be incorporated in the curriculum to introduce students to the continuity of the language throughout its history, including a thorough review of the "How to Speak, Read & Write Persian" textbook. Readings of uncomplicated texts, advanced conversations and discussions, building vocabulary and starting to understand the spoken Persian of the elite educated Persian culture will also be introduced throughout the course.

Textbook: Special advanced complex writings, literature, newspaper editorials and other specialized materials will be used based on the student’s individual interests.
Offered on: Thursdays: 6:15-8:45 pm

This level continues the advanced level curriculum in Persian. Several texts by writers from across the Persian speaking world will address a wide range of political, social, religious, and literary themes and represent a range of genres, styles, and periods. This level will continue engaging students in text translations and interpretation of conversations. Students will continue reading, analyzing, discussing, and debating these texts.

Objective: To expand on student’s current writing and conversational skills such as formulating ideas, writing essays, and ideas that would be considered complicated and sophisticated.

Learning Outcome: By the end of this class, students will have expanded their capabilities in the Persian language and will be able to use it in various professional capabilities.

Topics: Readings of complicated texts, advanced conversations and discussions, building advanced vocabulary used in the spoken Persian of the elite educated Persian culture.

Textbook: Special advanced complex writings, literature, newspaper editorials and other specialized materials will be used based on the student’s individual interests.

Program Details

$340 for a 10-week one level class per student, $680 for a 10-week accelerated class per student. Early Bird discount is $20. Au-Pairs can receive a 10% discount on tuition with proof of their status. Only one discount applies. Enroll now!
May be purchased at the time of registration or at the Institute before or on the first day of class. Prices are subject to change at any time. Once received by the student, books and other materials are the property of the student and are non-refundable. Tax exempt organizations or individuals need to provide proof of sales tax exemption before being charged. No retro-active refunds of sales tax.
Regular group classes meet once weekly (or twice for the accelerated class) in the evening (6:15-8:45 pm) or on Saturday mornings (10 am-12:30 pm) for 10 weeks. Each session is 2.5 hours.
All classes are held at Rhode Island Ave NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036. We are within walking distance from the Metro's Dupont Circle (South exit) and Farragut North stations. Parking garages are close by and parking on the street is available after 6:30 pm.
Minimum 3, maximum 9 students. We recommend signing up as early as possible so we can adequately plan for all classes. If the minimum enrollment of at least 3 students per class is not met, we will have to cancel that class after the registration deadline has passed. In case of a cancellation, students will be given the opportunity to change classes, postpone their enrollment or request a full refund.
Our program requires each student to participate in weekly quizzes, which will be graded, based on a “Pass” or “Fail” system. There will be a final quiz that will measure the sum of the instructional objectives for the course. Grades are verbally communicated to students at the end of each class/course, and are marked on the attendance/performance sheet. Students must have completed and passed at least 70% of the quizzes to move to the next level.
It is important for students to attend every class meeting. It is also important that they arrive on time for class. We cover a lot of material in each class. The instructor cannot repeat material for students who are absent or come late. Students will be marked absent when they do not come to class. Students who arrive 15 minutes after the advertised starting time will be marked late. For every 3 times that the student is marked as late, it will count as a missed hour. If we notice that a student’s attendance is in danger of falling below 70%, we will issue an attendance report to the student.
We issue certificates at the end of the semester and they can be ordered at the front desk. In order to be eligible to receive a certificate or pass to the next level, you are required to attend a minimum of 70% of the classes and have a “Passing” grade. We will need a couple of days in order to verify your attendance and passing grade before issuing the certificate.
ILI’s foreign language group programs are accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training), and we also offer 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) per every successfully completed course, 5.0 for the accelerated courses. Upon request, our Certificates of Completion can include the CEU’s earned per semester.
The International Language Institute reserves the right to cancel any class if deemed necessary. Prior to commencement of class, students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation after the commencement of class, the pro-rata portion of the unexpended tuition will be refunded. The prorated amount of refundable monies will be determined by the ratio of classes completed to the total number of classes in the scheduled program. The International Language Institute reserves the right to assign substitute instructors whenever necessary.
No refunds are issued for any reason after the registration deadline for the term (see Schedule above).
Classes are cancelled in accordance with federal government closings (not school closings!) due to inclement weather. Please check public announcements on radio, TV and the Web; or call ILI at (202) 362-2505. Closure are also posted on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ILIinDC.
Please contact our Foreign Language Coordinator, Jonathan Selkin, at (202) 686-5610 ext. 105 or at jselkin@ilidc.com.