Taped Language Program
How to Register
Student Study Guide
Mahagi LaCure, Director
701 McClung Tower
Dept of Modern Foreign
For school year 2014-2015, Hebrew will be offered again in a
regular language course format instead of modified self-instructional format
that was used in the past. We are
excited to have Mr. Itsik Pariente,
2013–2014 Diane and Guilford Glazer and Lea and Allen Orwitz
Teaching Fellow in Modern Hebrew, as a continuing instructor of modern
Hebrew. If you have any questions
regarding Hebrew, please contact Mr. Pariente at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Persian
Ms. Farideh Sedighi
will start her 3rd year as our tutor. She is an experienced and devoted language
trainer. Dr. Mostafa
Rahbar, out long time examiner for Persian,
continues to support our program.
Welcome to the Taped Language Program. In this program you can learn a
less commonly taught language from a native speaker, fulfill UT foreign language
requirements, and enjoy the individual attention of smaller class sizes.
Currently we offer Persian (Farsi) under the guidelines of National
Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP). The University
of Tennessee is a
member of the Association, has access to their services, and is afforded
partnership with other programs of the same nature throughout the country.
Components of the
Critical Languages Program at UT:
Learning a language in a modified self-instructional program will
require a great deal of time, energy, self-direction, and
self-discipline. Only mature
students with such qualities will be successful. Native speakers
are not allowed in. Students are also required to sign a contract to
demonstrate that they understand the irregular nature of the program.
The main components of the course are the audio materials that come with
the textbook and/or the supplementary audio materials accessible on
The class size is small and students as a group will meet with a tutor
(native speaker) for practice sessions three times (MWF) or twice (TR) a
week. The semester schedule is the same as regular fall and spring
classes of the university. One semester of course work earns four credit
A tutor is a language trainer whose main task is to give students
intensive drills for fluency. The tutor is not responsible for students'
final grades, but will provide the director with records of students’
attendance, preparedness for class, performance on drills, homework, and
quizzes/tests. For details see
the Tutor Guidelines.
The examiner serves as a consultant,
providing guidance in course development and syllabus design. He / She provides written exams or
proofread written exams made by the tutor. Also he/she administers the oral final
exam. The examiner is
often a faculty at another university.
NASILP provides detailed information
on the role of an examiner.
The final course grade will be submitted by the director based on: (1)
final oral examination given by the examiner, (2) written examinations
(both midterm and final), (3) quiz scores, and (4) attendance. The
director also coordinates students, tutors and examiners for day to day
operations. Any questions regarding the Taped Language Program should be
addressed to the director.
Last edited: 8/15/2014