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 develop my own instructional materials and courses based on the latest communicative and Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) principles.


I am a certified ACTFL OPI 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 wants to sponsor an ACTFL Workshop for its Persian instructors.


I have published Persian Learner Set consists of 4 main volumes, an instructor's guide, and a DVD available at this site.

Please find some of my selected research papers, technical reports, interviews, public lectures, and presentation along this page.


Radio Iran Interview with ASPIH, Los Angeles - August 2015 - آموزش زبان فارسی در قرن بیست و یکم



Radio Iran Interview with ASPH in Los Angeles - June 2015 - لزوم حفظ زبان و فرهنگ فارسی


Radio Iran Interview with ASPH, Los Angeles - January 2012 - 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'). Updated presentation in 2018 (see under Conference Presentations)

Public Lectures

Palos Verdes Persian Heritage Foundation
The Evolution of the Persian Language in its 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

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 (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.

---- (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.