2013 Language Institute: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Note: Information below refers to the 2013 CLS Institutes and is subject to change.
The CLS Persian institute aims to provide U.S. students the opportunity to strengthen their proficiency in Persian Farsi by offering an integrated and intensive immersion-based language and culture program in Dushanbe. Over eight weeks, the institute covers the approximate equivalent of one academic year of university-level language coursework. It is designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of proficiency levels and backgrounds, from students who have completed one year of university-level Persian language training or the equivalent (advanced beginning) to advanced learners with three or more years of college-level language training.
Formal classroom language instruction consists of approximately four hours of class per day, five days per week, with a minimum of 20 hours per week of classroom instruction. Students at more advanced levels may be assigned an independent project, for which they will conduct research with guidance and support from instructors. CLS Persian participants will receive approximately 15 hours per week of language instruction in Persian Farsi, complemented by approximately 5 hours per week of Persian Tajiki. Students also participate in cultural excursions in and around the city which are designed to reinforce and enhance language acquisition and familiarity with the host culture. Language learning is further supported by accommodations with local host families and regular meetings with language partners--usually local college-aged students who serve as informal language tutors and provide an insider’s perspective on the city, language, and culture.
The CLS Persian institute is located in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and offers participants a stimulating and engaging environment in which to gain rapid proficiency in Persian and a deeper understanding of Central Asia.
In 2010, the CLS Program adopted the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an additional measure of the effectiveness and quality of the institutes overseas. Before the program, students take a diagnostic OPI test; at the end of their eight-week course of study, they take an ACTFL-certified post-program OPI assessment. The scores on these tests give students a concrete, widely-recognized measure of their speaking skills. In addition, students’ writing and reading abilities are assessed throughout the program in a variety of ways.
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Institute at a Glance: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
|June 9 - August 8, 2013||American Councils for International Education|
- Advanced Beginning: Minimum requirement: completion of one year of college-level Persian, or its equivalent, prior to the start of the program.
- Intermediate: Minimum requirement: completion of two years of college-level Persian, or its equivalent, prior to the start of the program.
- Advanced: Minimum requirement: completion of three years of college-level Persian, or its equivalent, prior to the start of the program.
In 2011, participant Hannah Highfill organized an excursion for the CLS group to visit the Mowlana Sufi shrine in Dushanbe. Hannah gave a presentation to the group on the history and nature of Sufism and the importance of Yaqub Charkhi, the saint interred at the shrine. At the end of the program, students also presented skits and traditional Tajik songs to each other, as seen in this video. The CLS Persian institute was recently profiled in the CLS Program newsletter.
Students also presented skits and traditional Tajik songs to each other, as seen in this video.
The CLS Persian institute was recently profiled in the CLS Program newsletter.
CLS participant Wendy DeSouza (2007), completed her PhD in Iranian history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is now a professor of Islamic and Middle East History at California State University, Sacramento.
2010 CLS participant Bryan Prior worked as an analyst for BAE Systems where he supported the US Army in its efforts in Afghanistan. He used his language skills to help colleagues with their Farsi before they deployed to Afghanistan and developed a set of questions in Dari for those going to Dari-speaking areas of Afghanistan. His language skills from CLS also helped him secure a position with the Defense Intelligence Agency working on Iran. As an analyst at this new position, he will have the ability to use his language skills to interpret news feeds and untranslated intelligence. Read more about Bryan’s experiences.
Samuel Thorpe, 2007 CLS Persian participant, is completing the last year of his PhD program in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His focus is on Hebrew and Persian literature. In 2010-2011, he received the CLIR/Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship for archival work in Israel and India.