Peyman Nojoumian

Professor (Teaching) of Persian
Email Office THH 256N Office Phone (213) 740-2310

Research & Practice Areas

Teaching Persian Language and Culture, Corpus Linguistics, Iranian Studies, Classic and Modern Persian Literature


Peyman Nojoumian is currently an Associate Professor (Teaching) of Persian in the Department of Middle East Studies at University of Southern California. He got his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa, Canada and two masters; one in Speech & Language Technology from K.U.Leuven, Belgium and one in Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language from Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran. He is experienced in developing instructional materials and e-learning technology for world languages. He has published Persian Learner set. Dr. Nojoumian has recently developed a free smartphone App called Persian Learner’s Dictionary for elementary Persian learners. The online dictionary features more than 5000 basic vocabulary items with corresponding pictures, phonetic transcriptions, pronunciations, part of speeches, and authentic examples in written and spoken Persian styles. Dr. Nojoumian is a certified ACTFL OPI and WPT tester, mentor and apprentice trainer of the Persian language and is registered with the Language Testing International.


  • Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Ottawa, 7/2011
  • M.S. Speech and Language Technology, KULeuven, 2002
  • M.A. Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language, Allameh Tabatabai, 1997
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Persian, University of Southern California, 2011-2017

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments

    • Persian Lecturer & Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008-2011
    • Persian Lecturer, University of Maryland, 2006-2008
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    My research interest covers two broader areas of language pedagogy and linguistics. In the former, it
    focuses on the development of instructional materials for foreign or second language. I employ a
    communicative task-based language teaching approach in developing instructional materials and utilize
    e-learning technology for its implementation. I also develop Language for Specific Purposes (LSP)
    content-based materials to teach Persian modern and classic literature, Iranian economy, politics,
    international relations, religions, media and cinema. In the latter, I study the processing of language
    orthography especially morphological analysis and automatic diacritization of languages with ambiguous
    scripts (discovering and inserting absent vowels in orthography). In my Ph.D. thesis, I developed an
    automatic diacritizer for the Persian orthography. This application was able to diacritize and tag a Persian
    text corpus to be used for developing reading and spelling apps for Persian language learners. I am also
    interested and capable of developing research in the area of Persian Studies & Iranian Studies.

    Research Keywords

    Persian, Persian Literature, Computational Linguistics, Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language, Task-based Language Teaching, Heritage and Non-heritage Language Learning, Iranian Studies

  • Contracts and Grants Awarded

    • Business Persian for Intermediate Learners, (CIBER), Peyman Nojoumian $2,500, 2010-2011
    • CSAMES on-line Persian, (CSAMES), Peyman Nojoumian $5,000, 2010-2011

    USC Funding

    • Faculty Development Grant. Instructional Materials Development, Conferences $6,000, 2013-2020
    • Center for Scholary Technology. Multimedia Course Development $5,000, 2013-2014
  • Conference Presentations

    • “Instructional Technology, Creative Strategies” , 12 Biennial Iranian StudiesTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies, 2018-2019
    • “Developing Online Narration & Role-Play Tasks Based on TBLT: A Hands-on Example from Persian” , American Association of Teachers of Persian, MESA ConferenceTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, Washington DC, Fall 2014
    • “Instructional Materials Development based on Task-based Language Teaching Principles for Persian” , 10th Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, International Society for Iranian StudiesTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, Montreal, Canada, Fall 2014
    • “Business Language Course Development based on Task-based Language Teaching Principles for Less Commonly Taught Languages” , CIBER Business Language ConferenceTalk/Oral Presentation, CIBER, Invited, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Spring 2013
    • “Instructional Material Development based on Principles of TBLT” Keynote Lecture, Invited, Ghazvin International University, Fall 2011
    • “Morphological Priming of Multi-morphemic Persian Words in Mental Lexicon” , Workshop on Computer and Persian LanguageTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, Tehran University, Spring 2006
    • “Modeling Persian Language Syntax and Morphology in LingBench IDE” , The 4th European Speech and Language Technology ConferenceTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, Catalonia Polytechnic University, Spring 2003

    Other Presentations

    • “Teaching Persian in the 21st Century”, Two-day Workshop for Persian Teachers, Los Angeles, 2015-2016
    • “Rapid Online Assignment Development (ROAD)”, USC Center for Teaching Excellence, Los Angeles, 2014-2015
    • “Teaching Persian to Third Generation of Iranian Heritage Speakers & Retaining Persian in First Generation of Iranians in Diaspora”, Academy of Persian Physicians Cultural Event, Los Angeles, 2013-2014
    • “Creative Classroom Strategies, Tools from Language Instruction”, Center for Scholarly Technologies, Los Angeles, 2012-2013
    • “The Evolution of the Persian Language”, Iranian Cultural Talk, USC – TTC 450, 2011-2012
    • Developing standards to identify level-appropriate reading materials
    • Developed language corpora of language learners writing samples
  • Book Chapter

    • Nojoumian, P. (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. pp. 370-387. London. Routledge

    Research Report

    • Nojoumian, P.Processing Phonological and Semantic Ambiguity, Disambiguation of Heterophonic & Homophonic Homographs in Persian Using Semantic Priming. Linguistics Department.


    • Nojoumian, P., Shabani Jadidi, P., Tangestanifar, A. (2006). Morphological Priming of Multi-morphemic Persian Words in Mental Lexicon. pp. 28-38. Tehran University Press. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Computer and Persian Language.
    • WebApp, Persian Learner’s Dictionary is a free online WebApp photo dictionary designed for Persian Learners., 2012-2020
    • Houtan Foundation Award, 2001-2002
  • Committees

    • “Dornsife Appointments & Promotions Committee RTPC”, 2015-2017
    • “Dornsife Faculty Committe”, 2014-2015
    • “USC Iranian Studies Initiative Conference Committee”, 2014-2015
    • “MESP Chair Search Committee”, 2013-2014
    • “Arabic Faculty Search Committee”, 2012-2013
    • “Iranian Studies Faculty Search Committee”, 2011-2012
    • “Faculty Performance Evaluation, USC Dornsife”, 2011-2012