News ID: 323729
Published: 0150 GMT August 24, 2022

Teaching Persian in Armenia expected to improve

Teaching Persian in Armenia expected to improve

Arts & Culture Desk

Iran’s cultural attaché in Armenia described the prospect of teaching Farsi in Armenia as positive, citing Armenian schools and universities wherein the language is included in their syllabi.

Seyyed Hossein Tabatabaei made the remarks during a webinar held in the South Caucasus region on Tuesday evening, according to IRNA.

He also announced that the International Convention on Iran’s Heritage in the Caucasus region is to be held in the Iranian month ending March 20, 2023, in collaboration with the Matenadaran (Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts in Yerevan).

Tabatabaei pointed out that 11 Armenian schools teach Farsi as a foreign language and, usually, as an optional language.

“Seven of these schools are located in Yerevan, and Primary School No. 200, which enrolls about 800 students, is exceptional since learning the Persian language is mandatory in the school,” he added.

Increasing the number of schools that teach Farsi as a mandatory course, Iran’s cultural attaché maintained, is one of his objectives in Armenia.

Tabatabaei noted that two Armenian universities, namely Yerevan State University and Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University, have faculties of Iran Studies that also teach Persian language and literature, adding that Persian is one of the languages that are taught in Brusov State Linguistic.

“The materials that have been used to teach Farsi in schools to this day were non-standard and too diverse, which is why we pursued the two objectives of standardizing Farsi education books and training Farsi instructors in Armenia,” the Iranian diplomat said.

Consequently, a standard book published by Iran’s Saadi Foundation titled, ‘First Step Persian,’ was localized to be used by Armenian students, starting the next school year.

Seyyed Hossein Tabatabaei highlighted that the Saadi Foundation has held courses of knowledge acquisition for a group of Persian teachers in Armenia, expressing hope that such courses would be extended.

“The policy of the incumbent Iranian administration is to expand cooperation with neighboring countries,” he said, adding that should trade between Iran and Armenia rise, demands for learning the Persian language would accordingly soar.

Tabatabaei identified developing tourism and translating literary works as two factors that can help the learning of Farsi, calling for an improvement in these two areas.

During the webinar on the Persian language, a faculty member of the Department of Iran Studies at Yerevan State University also spoke about endangered Iranian languages in the South Caucasus region.

The webinar was organized by the Center for Central Eurasia at the University of Tehran, the Caucasus Studies Institute, and the Iranian Regional Studies Association.



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