Written Persian I Fall 2019 Syllabus

FORLANGC 197BL Written Persian I
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
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Date span Assignment Self-assessment
Sep 3 to Sep 6

Tutorials start this week.
Prepare at least one half of the study guide for your first sessions.
Written work for the first study guide will be due at tutorial next week.

Sep 9 to Sep 13

Study Guide 1 homework due at tutorial.

Sep 16 to Sep 20

Study Guide 2 homework due at tutorial.

Sep 23 to Sep 27

Study Guide 3 homework due at tutorial.

Sep 30 to Oct 4

Study Guide 4 homework due at tutorial.

Oct 7 to Oct 11

Study Guide 5 homework due at tutorial.

Oct 14 to Oct 18

Review week - Sessions meet for review.

Oct 21 to Oct 25

Study Guide 6 homework due at tutorial.

Oct 28 to Nov 1

Study Guide 7 homework due at tutorial.

Nov 4 to Nov 8

Study Guide 8 homework due at tutorial.

Nov 11 to Nov 15

Study Guide 9 homework due at tutorial.

Nov 18 to Nov 22

Study Guide 10 homework due at tutorial.

Nov 25 to Nov 29

Thanksgiving Week - no sessions, no self-assessments 

Dec 2 to Dec 6

Review of Study Guides 1-10
Tutorials and conversation sessions WILL meet this week for review

Dec 4 to Dec 18

End of the Semester

Writing Skills Assessments
Drop-in hours for completing writing skills assessments will be held in this time period.
Graduating seniors need to see that home campus senior grade deadlines are met.

FORLANGC 197BL Written Persian I
Course Description and Requirements

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Director: Janna White
Contact Information: fclrc@hfa.umass.edu or 413-542-5264

Written Persian I is part of the Mentored Language Program administered by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. This course is designed for students who have high intermediate to advanced fluency in Spoken Persian, but need to learn to read and write. By the end of the course, students should be able to read standard Persian and be able to compose simple texts such as dialogues, paragraphs, and letters in written Persian.

The course combines independent study with weekly individual tutorials with a language mentor. Students are required to complete a set amount of material during the semester and complete the final writing skills assessment at the end of the semester.  Participation in the program requires significant independent work and initiative.

Students who complete Written Persian I, may continue with Written Persian II. Students who complete Written Persian II may continue with a more advanced course in the regular Mentored Persian course sequence.

Course Format

One 60-minute one-on-one tutorial session with the Persian mentor each week. Students should come to the tutorial session having prepared the homework for the week and with a list of questions to go over. The mentor will go over homework, work through student questions, and also work with the student on activities designed to further development of reading and writing skills.

Course Materials

Five College Persian Manual I.  This can be purchased from Collective Copies in Amherst. Collective Copies is at 71 South Pleasant St. (right next door to the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages).  Hours are on their website at collectivecopies.com.

Written Persian Readings:  Ask your course organizer for these readings.

Persian Dictation Exercises:  online at http://langmedia.fivecolleges.edu/persian


The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages are committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students. If you have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services (DS) at UMass or on your home campus, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help you succeed in your language course. If you have a documented disability that requires an accommodation, please notify the program director as soon as possible and no later than the third week of the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Academic Honesty Policy

Students must adhere to all University of Massachusetts Amherst and Five College policies regarding professional conduct and ethics, including policies covering non-discrimination, sexual harassment, and academic honesty. University of Massachusetts Amherst Academy Honesty Policy: Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University.  Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty.  Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.  Instructors should take reasonable steps to address academic misconduct.  Any person who has reason to believe that a student has committed academic dishonesty should bring such information to the attention of the appropriate course instructor as soon as possible.  Instances of academic dishonesty not related to a specific course should be brought to the attention of the appropriate department Head or Chair.  Since students are expected to be familiar with this policy and the commonly accepted standards of academic integrity, ignorance of such standards is not normally sufficient evidence of lack of intent.  More information about the Academic Honesty Policy and Procedures may be found online here: http://www.umass.edu/honesty/.

Importance of Communication

Practice communication skills similar to what you would need in a professional work or internship situation: check e-mail twice per day; read e-mail carefully and respond in a timely manner; contact the office by e-mail or phone about questions or issues; take a proactive approach to solving any problems or issues that come up. Save fcmlp2@hfa.umass.edu in your address book to help ensure that important messages about your course do not end up in your spam folder.

Schedules and Schedule Changes

Each student will be assigned regular weekly tutorial and conversation session times. Any temporary or permanent changes in these times must be worked out with the director of the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, who maintains the master schedule of all tutorials and conversation sessions. E-mail questions related to schedules to your course organizer. Do not ask your mentor directly for changes because s/he may not be aware of other scheduling issues affected by the change. The mentors have been instructed to refer anyone who requests schedule change to the program office.

Students who miss tutorials or conversation sessions will not be provided with make-up opportunities. Students who know ahead of time that they will need to miss a future session, should clear the absence with the program director or associate director at least a week ahead. If sufficient notice is given, it may sometimes be possible for a student to attend an alternative conversation session or tutorial, although such arrangements cannot be guaranteed.

In the event that the mentor or conversation partner has to cancel a session due to illness or another emergency, every effort will be made to provide an appropriate make-up session or substitute.

Snow emergencies and snow days: Winter snow emergencies occasionally cause delays and cancellations of Five College bus service, early closings of campuses, or snow days being declared on one or more campuses. Because we do not want any students or mentors to get stranded away from their home campus, we will generally cancel tutorials and conversation sessions if 1) the National Weather Service has issued a warning for severe winter weather for the time period of the sessions; and 2) the students and or mentors affected would have to travel to other than their own campus. We will not cancel if the mentor and the students involved live on the same campus, unless that campus has cancelled classes for the relevant time period. If a snow day has been declared in the morning, tutorials and conversation sessions may still take place late in the late afternoon or evening if the weather has cleared and the buses are running. Cancellations due to weather will be sent by e-mail. If you have weather related questions, e-mail your course organizer or call the office at 542-5264.