Current Events

The 1st AATP Professional Development Workshop for Teachers of Persian

We are happy to announce the first workshop in a series of Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Persian organized by the AATP, and co-hosted at two East-Coast institutions, the University of Maryland, College Park and Georgetown University. We hope that next year, we will have the second AATP workshop of these series in West-Coast or in Central-US institutions.

Dates: August 5-7, 2019.

  • There is no registration fee and a light breakfast and lunch will be served each day.
  • Up to 15 non-local workshop participants can receive a stipend of $300 “in support of their participation costs” (the first 15 qualified registered participants).
  • Priority will be given to active members of the AATP.

Participants will engage in a variety of sessions on principles and practices of outcomes-based and proficiency based language teaching, assessment and feedback in Persian language classrooms, the role of literature in Persian language instruction, and developing cultural competence in the classroom and beyond. There is also an exclusive session on technologies for the language classroom led by experts from the Center for New Designs in Leaning and Scholarship at Georgetown University.

Dates: August 5-7, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm on Aug 5-6, and 9 am to noon August 7 (flights can be scheduled for the afternoon of Aug 7)
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland AND Georgetown University, Washington DC (transportation to Georgetown provided)

Presenters: (Opening remarks by Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, University of Maryland); Dr. Pouneh Shabani Jadidi, McGill University; Dr Michelle Quay, Colombia University; Dr. Nahal Akbari, University of Maryland; Dr. Ali Abasi, University of Maryland; Dr. Farima Sadigh Mostowfi, Georgetown University; Dr. Peter Jenssen, Georgetown University.

Sopnsors: Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, Jalinous Endowment for Persian Language and Culture at Georgetown University, and American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP)

If you are interested in joining this professional development opportunity please reply to this email no later than June 30.

More detailed information about lodging and flight options as well as a full agenda will be shared in the coming days.

Contact information: Ms. Mitra Namiranian (

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona is pleased to announce that it will host the Second North American Conference in Iranian Linguistics (NACIL2), which will take place April 19-21, 2019. Additionally, the department will host a Workshop on Complex Predicates in Iranian Languages in conjunction with NACIL2, which will take place April 18, 2019.

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: January 1, 2019
Decisions on submitted abstracts: February 25, 2019
Conference program posted online: March 20, 2019

AATP Annual Meeting in conjunction with the AIS Conference, at UC Irvine, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm, Humanities Gateway 1010

AATP member panels and talks at the AIS Conference
UC Irvine, August 14-17, 2018
Jordan Center for Persian Studies,
1st Floor Humanities Gateway,
Irvine, CA 92697
23. Using Culture and Technology in Persian Language Instruction
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Humanities Gateway 3200

Convenor: Mahbod Ghaffari, University of Cambridge
Chair: Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University
Discussant: Peyman Nojoumian, University of Southern California

Ladan Hamedani , University of Hawaii- Manoa
Teaching Poetry to Persian Second Language Learners

Alyeh Mehin Jafarabadi , University of Arizona
Culture in Persian Language Class: Challenge with Material Props

Peyman Nojoumian , University of Southern California
Creative Strategies for Language Instruction, Tools from Instructional Technology

Mahbod Ghaffari , University of Cambridge
The Impact of Using Technology, E-learning and Online Programs on Persian Language Instruction

31. Persian and Iranian Linguistics
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM, Humanities Instructional Building 137

Chair: George Bournoutian , Iona College
Discussant: Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University

Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, McGill University
Translating from Persian into English through a Linguistic Lens

Saera Kwak,, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies & EunJi Kang, Inha University
A Linguistic Analysis on the Persian volume of Huayi Yiyu

Sima Sharifi, Independent Scholar
So Arduous That It’s Funny! An Academic Journey Rooted in Reality of Today’s Iran

Ketevan Gadiliia, Russian State University for the Humanities
To the Typology of the Polyfunctional Grammatical Units: Pamirian Languages

41. The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics
Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Humanities Gateway 3200

Convenor: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, McGill University
Discussant: Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University
Chair: Ramin Sarraf, National University

Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University
Teaching Persian to Speakers of Other Languages

Reza Nilipour, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences
Neurolinguistics of Persian

Seyed Mostafa Assi, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies
Persian Lexicography

Simin Karimi, University of Arizona
Persian Syntax

67. Persian Language Teacher Education: Innovative Approaches to Integrating Language and Content (Roundtable)
Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM, Humanities Instructional Building 137

Convenor: Soheila Kian, University of California, Irvine
Chair: Daniel F. Delshad, Independent Scholar

Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University
Heritage Language Learners of Persian

Latifeh Hagigi, University of California, Los Angeles
Family Interviews: Project Based Teaching in Persian Education

Soheila Kian, University of California, Irvine
Making Short Films: Operating the Language Classroom as a Community in Persian Education

Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, McGill University
Using TELL in Second Language Teaching

Sahba Shayani, University of Oxford
Culture and Literature as Paths Towards Proficiency

Ladan Hamedani, University of Hawaii, Manoa
A Novelty in Persian Language Instruction

Farima S. Mostowfi, Georgetown University
Benefits and Limits of Teaching Persian using Online Authentic Materials

No Comments » for Current Events
1 Pings/Trackbacks for "Current Events"