During their Capstone Year, students live in an innovative living/learning environment on or near campus, designed to simulate immersion. Each student signs a language pledge to speak only Persian in the house, and the media equipment in the home allows students to watch multiple TV channels and on-demand films in Persian.
There is a dedicated Persian Mentor who is with students in the Persian House leading cultural activities and encouraging conversations so students are able to experience a daily routine of dialogue and exchanging ideas in Persian. The cultural activities are designed to encourage high-level interaction and broaden vocabulary and expressions in topics beyond what students are learning in the classroom.
These activities may include:
- Shopping for groceries at a local Persian store and cooking Persian meals together
- Hosting social events with native speakers of Persian
- Movie nights or watching a TV series together
- Language workshops
- Game nights
- Listening to different genres of Persian music
- Decorating for Persian holidays and celebrations
Students receive academic credit for participating in this living/learning environment component of the Persian Capstone Year.