Before you start your religious studies, the Islamic Seminary sends all students to a language learning institute with the sole purpose of teaching students the Farsi language. The philosophy of the course is to teach Farsi using only Farsi. This means the teachers and books are only in Farsi and it has proven to be a very effective way to learn the language. The entire course consists of 7 books and each book takes about 1 month to complete. Your day is divided into about 5 hours of classes, 6 days a week (Saturday to Thursday):
7.20 to 10 am: work on vocabulary, grammar, and theory
10 am to 12 pm: practice speaking and writing skills
You will be done with classes by Dhuhr time and will be given about 1 hour of homework to do each day.
The language learning institute is open all year long with a few holidays.
The structure of the course is as follows:
Introductory book (2 weeks): Learn the alphabets and basic words.
Book 1 to 6: each book consists of 20 chapters, typically a chapter is completed within one to 2 days, a book in about a month. These books cover vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures, writing, spelling, speaking etc. In short, after completing 6 months, you will be able to manage day to day conversations, writing, and be able to start understanding Islamic lectures to a certain degree.
For each book you will have 2 exams, a mid term after completing the first 10 chapters, and a final exam after completing the book. Once you pass the exams, you will be able to move on to the next book. If you fail, you may be asked to repeat the exam, or in some cases repeat the entire book. The exams are not very difficult if you regularly attend classes and do your homework!
If for some reason you are not able to keep up with the pace of work, teachers are very willing to help you out and you can study at a slower pace, this typically means having to repeat books in different classes.