عنوان مقاله [English]
In the name of God
In this number, we want to address the issue of expanding the teaching Persian language centers in Iran. As you know, Persian language is one of the important languages worldwide that a lot of valuable historical, religious, scientific and literary works were written in Persian language in the past. Therefore, a lot of non-Iranians wish to learn Persian language and benefit from this treasure of instructions, literature, and art and some hope to enter to Iranian universities to study in a major of the scientific fields of study. Considering this enthusiasm of non-Iranians to study in Iran, establishing new Persian language centers is necessary.
Providing the physical structures of a language center in a university may not seem very difficult, but for establishing and developing such a center, to go ahead with scientific (such as applying the achievements of language didactics) and administrational steps are necessary. However, the most important issue is that which academic department is the responsible for teaching Persian language. To make it clear, we refer to one successful experience. In Imam Khomeini International university, for establishing the Persian language center, initially (in 1370) department of teaching Persian language was established. Then, Persian language learners were accepted. Until 1393, more than 7000 students from 127 countries learned Persian language successfully and were sent to Iranian universities. This successful experience was the result of an independent educational department for Persian language in which the professors’ duty was teaching Persian language as a second language.
But there is a need for expanding and issuing the license of establishing Persian language centers in universities after 20 years. Few universities received the license for establishing such centers. However, some challenges have been made among educational departments for taking the responsibility of conducting such courses which obviously have not been in favor of non-Iranian learners of Persian language. We believe that we should encourage establishing such language centers, but before that, providing the preliminaries is a must: employing at least one assistant professor, or two lecturers that hold M.A. degree in teaching Persian language to non-Persian speakers. In this way, members of an educational group can independently use all their knowledge to improve educational situation and conduct scientific and systematic classes.
We hope that in order to reach to an appropriate level in Persian language centers, the bureau of Affairs of Non-Iranian Students in Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology analyze the present condition of teaching Persian language centers in universities, and for continuing their activities and also, for establishing new centers, having an independent educational group be one pre-condition for issuing the license of establishing Persian language centers and conducting Persian language teaching courses.