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Persian (Tajiki) Summer Program
Program Location: Tajikistan
Program Dates: Summer programs are six to eight weeks in duration and typically start in mid-June to early July and end in early to mid-August
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 120 hours during the program
Accommodations: Combination of group housing and host family stays
Academic program: The program seeks to increase students’ Persian (Tajiki) vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. Standard Persian is divided into three modern varieties: Farsi in Iran, Dari in Afghanistan, and Tajiki in Tajikistan. Participants in the Persian summer program will study the Tajiki dialect of Persian, including study of the Cyrillic script, focusing on the following four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. These four language skills will be developed through in-class language instruction, cultural presentations and activities, volunteer work, and host family stays. Living with host families and communicating with local peers offers participants unique opportunities to utilize their language skills and gain insights into traditional Tajiki culture.
Pre- and post-program expectations: All participants will be required to participate in pre-program language learning programs, as guided by their implementing organization. All participants will be required to complete a pre-program survey, pre-program language assessments (if requested), and several post-program surveys and language tests.
Good to know: Tajiki, Farsi, and Dari are quite similar lexically and grammatically. The primary difference is the alphabets used to write each dialect and the pronunciation of certain letters. Tajiki itself is comprised of many separate dialects because of the mountainous topography of the country and foreign language influence and integration of cognates into the language.
Fun fact! The word "checkmate" derives from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," meaning, "the King is dead."
There will not be a Persian academic year program for the 2017-18 program year.