پژوهش‌های زبانی و فرهنگی

Professor Nojoumian

I have been teaching Persian for more than a decade in north America. I have a PhD in Linguistics from University of Ottawa, Canada and two Masters; one in Speech & Language Technology from KULeuven, Belgium and one in Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language from Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran.

I am a certified ACTFL OPI/ILR and WPT Tester & Trainer, registered with the Language Testing International. You can directly contact LTI to schedule an official assessment of your Persian proficiency. You can also contact me or ACTFL if your institution would like to sponsor an ACTFL Workshop for its Persian instructors.


I have published Persian Learner set, consisting of four main volumes, an instructor's guide, and a DVD. Please find some of my selected research papers, technical reports, interviews, public lectures, and presentation throughout this page.


Interview with Daily Trojan on The Persian Film Series screening at the USC's Middle East Studies Department. Event sponsored by the Farhang Foundation's Iranian Studies Initiative at USC, Spring 2020.

مصاحبه با روزنامه تروجان درباره نمایش فیلم‌های ایرانی

در دانشکده مطالعات خاورمیانه، ابتکاری ار برنامه ایرانشناسی بنیاد فرهنگ در دانشگاه کالیفرنیای جنوبی


Radio Iran Interview with ASPIH, Los Angeles, August 2015: Teaching Persian in 21st century آموزش زبان فارسی در قرن بیست و یکم



Radio Iran Interview with ASPH in Los AAngeles, June 2015: The need to retain language proficiency of the Iranian heritage learners
لزوم حفظ زبان و فرهنگ فارسی ایرانی‌تباران


Radio Iran Interview with ASPH, Los Angeles, January 2012: New approaches to teaching Persian
روش‌های نوین آموزش زبان فارسی



Web Interview, Q&A with PAAIA


Creative Classroom Strategies, Tools from Language Instruction, Center for Scholarly Technologies, University of Southern California, January 2013.(video minute 00:19'-00:40').


Innovative Instructional Technology,

Delevloping an LED Lightboard to Teach Persian Orthography, AATP, January 8, 2021.

Public Lectures

Palos Verdes Persian Heritage Foundation
Persian Language Change & Cultural Context


The Academy of Persian American Physicians

Teaching Persian to Third Generation of Iranian Heritage Speakers & Retaining Persian in First Generation of Iranians in Diaspora.




My Research Interests

My research interest covers two broader areas of applied and computational linguistics. In the former, it focuses on the development of instructional materials for foreign languages and cultures. I employ a communicative task-based language teaching (TBLT) approach in developing instructional materials and utilize technology for its implementation. In the latter, I study the processing of the natural language orthography especially morphological analysis and automatic diacritization (inserting missing vowels in writing).

I developed an automatic diacritizer for the Persian orthography using Xerox Finite State Transducer (XFST) technology Under my PhD thesis. This tool is able to diacritize and tag a Persian text corpus by a high accuracy rate. I am constantly updating its lexicon to cover more proper nouns. This tool can also be used to develop e-learning modules such as reading and spelling activities for Persian language learners.


Conference Presentations

Teaching Orthography Online: Challenges and Solutions (electronic poster presentation), ACTFL 2022 Convention, Nov 18-20, 2022, Boston MA.


Rating Passages for the Development of Listening and Reading Assessment Materials, Keynote Speaker, The 3rd International Conference on Teaching Persian Language and Literature, University of Cambridge, UK, December 13-14, 2021.


Developing an LED Lightboard to Teach Persian Orthography Online, AATP Innovative Instructional Technology Webinar, Jan 08, 2021, Zoom. [see under Videos]


Persian Language Pedagogy, Challenges, Obstacles and Innovative Responses, A Virtual Panel Organized by the UNC Persian Program, University of North Carolina, October 15, 2020.


Developing a Smartphone Dictionary App from A to Z, ACTFL 2019 Convention, Nov 22-24, 2019, Washington DC.


Creative Strategies for Language Instruction, Tools from Instructional Technology, American Association of Teachers of Persian, AIS Conference, California: Irvine, August 2018.

Developing Online Narration & Role-Play Tasks Based on TBLT: A Hands-on Example from Persian, American Association of Teachers of Persian, MESA Conference, Washington DC, November 22nd, 2014.

Rapid Online Assignment Development (ROAD), USC Center for Teaching Excellence, Los Angeles, November 10th, 2014.

Instructional Materials Development based on Task-based Language Teaching Principles for Persian,10th Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, International Society for Iranian Studies, Montreal, August 2014.

Business Language Courseware Development based on TBLT Principles, a Hands-on Example, The CIBER Business Language Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Chapel Hill, Spring 2012.

Morphological Priming of Multi-morphemic Persian Words in Mental Lexicon, Workshop on Computer and Persian Language, Tehran University, 2006

Modeling Persian Language Syntax and Morphology in LingBench IDE, The 4th European Speech and Language Technology Conference, Catalonia Polytechnic University, Spain, Spring 2003.


Selected Works

Nojoumian, Peyman (2020). "Using technology to develop instructional materials for Persian based on task-based language teaching."The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy of Persian, edited by Shabani-Jadidi, P., 370-387, London: Routledge.

Nojoumian, Peyman (2017-2018). Pesian Learner (Textbook Series), 4 Volumes, California: UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies.

Nojoumian, Peyman (2011). Towards the Development of an Automatic Diacritizer for the Persian Orthography based on the Xerox Finite State Transducer, PhD Thesis, Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Nojoumian, Peyman (2008). Processing Phonological and Semantic Ambiguity, Disambiguation of Heterophonic & Homophonic Homographs in Persian Using Semantic Priming, University of Ottawa, Canada (find an extended version in my PhD thesis).


Nojoumian, Peyman, P. Shabani-Jadidi, A. Tangestanifar (2006). Morphological Priming of Multi-morphemic Persian Words in Mental Lexicon, Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Computer and Persian Language, Tehran University Press, pp28-38.


Nojoumian, Peyman (2005). Real-Time Processing of Parasitic Gaps and the Role of Resumptive Pronouns and Pronominal Enclitics in Persian, Linguistics Department Term Paper, University of Ottawa.

----- (2004). Locative Alternation in Persian, Linguistics Department Term Paper, University of Ottawa

----- (2004). Ezafe Construction in Persian, a Minimalist Approach, Linguistics Department Term Paper, University of Ottawa

---- (2003). Developing a Multidisciplinary Monolingual Text Corpus for Persian, Catholic University of Leuven Term Paper, Belgium.

--- (1999). Computer-Based Teaching and Learning of Persian for Non-Native Speakers on the Basis of  Multimedia Methods, Master’s thesis, Department of Linguistics and Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran.