MTO® International Persian School first started its work in 1991 with a handful of students in Toronto and Vancouver, with the aim of expanding the Persian language and institutionalizing the Iranian culture and its traditions.
With the opening of its branches in Dallas, Houston, London, Dusseldorf and Nice by 1995, the number of students had gradually increased, and this progression continued with classes starting up in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Barcelona and Rome.
Since 2020, along with the start of our online classes, we have been able to overcome age and regional limitations by offering our educational services to the keen and eager Farsi learners of various ages from all over the world. This move has been welcomed by so many people across the globe, that we have had new students joining us from Australia, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, Cambridge, Hamburg, Sacramento, San Francisco, Colorado, and New York.
We pride ourselves in that we have made it possible for those eager to learn Farsi to feel a part of MTO® International Persian School's family, whilst also welcoming Farsi speaking students from Tajik and Afghan backgrounds.
Presently, we have students aged 6-16 years old attending our primary level classes (Years 1 to 6) learning Farsi and expanding their ability in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Grammar. An impressive number of our previous students, who completed their Farsi pre-university courses, alongside their high school education, are now effective and successful members of society.
We also offer classes specially designed for teenage or older students whose parents are Iranian or Farsi speaking. These classes are faster paced, and at the end of the course, the student can proceed to higher levels of the primary years of the school (years 4-6).
A different variation of these classes is for non-Farsi speaking adults who are learning Farsi as beginners and can progress to the ascending levels in the following year if they wish to do so.
One of the unique benefits of our international institution is the way that teaching is done, which is subsequently portrayed in our students' learning. This reflects in the students, or their respective parents, as an increased desire and love for learning rich Persian literature in various topics such as Epic or Sufi writing/poetry. For this reason, we decided to run special classes to welcome those who are eager to become more familiar with written Persian literacy works (Poetry & Prose).
Considering the importance of preserving the ancient Persian language, the school is proudly striving to accommodate and facilitate our Afghan and Tajik students in their cultural activities aiming to preserve the language and culture of other Farsi speaking countries.
We began our activities by helping families plant the seed and reap the fruit of learning Farsi and "Iran Studies" in the hearts and souls of their children. Showing the importance of learning Farsi as a second language worldwide, has been the motivation behind our persistent and tireless efforts, as Farsi is one of those languages which through societies' scientific advancements, communications, and studies of past histories, has always served as an essential tool for its experts.
Our primary goal of teaching Farsi starts with the elementary foundations which are taught in the primary years. The principles of learning a language are followed so that our students learn the fundamentals of the language in Speaking (and its different branches), Reading & Writing, Grammar, and its different applications in years 1 through to 6.
In years 1 and 2, in addition to Farsi as a subject, Mathematics and Science are also taught. The primary reason for this is to teach the terminologies of these two subjects thus helping students to expand their applicational vocabularies in a relevant and practical manner.
The preparation and encouragement of our students to enter the UK national exams of GCSE and A Level in Persian language, and their subsequent success is also one of our goals. Since these qualifications play an imperative part in their growth, success and university entry, the primary years of 4 to 6 are conducted with special attention to this target, meaning students learn Farsi as their secondary language using textbooks with subjects specially designed for children living outside of Iran.
Another primary goal of our school is to preserve and expand the culture, literature, and authentic traditions of Iran, and that of other Farsi speaking countries. In realizing this vital goal, special and various cultural programs are organised by our experienced teachers in our online and in-person classes, consisting of solo/ensemble traditional music, singing, regional dances, poetry narration and plays performed by our students (Iranian, Afghan and Tajik).
At present time, due to the Covid pandemic, our in-person classes have been replaced by online classes. This has given us the opportunity to break the typical age restrictions of our students by offering specially designed classes to adults wishing to learn Farsi from scratch, or those who are keen to become more familiar with Persian Epic and Sufi literature.
Concurrent with teaching the Persian language, MTO® International Persian School has taken different steps to familiarise students with Persian culture and literature. Such steps include the introduction of authentic traditions, regional tribes and their costumes, music, dances and other Iranian, Tajik and Afghan traditional arts.
Students spend an hour of their time at the school becoming familiar with these activities and arts, and after weeks of continuous practise, present and perform their chosen art in the school’s annual Youth Day Celebration in front of families and friends.
Among the joyful and unforgettable programs of this celebration, playing traditional instruments (in solo or musical ensembles), singing of traditional/regional songs, performing regional dances (dressed in colourful regional costumes) and finally performing ancient Persian epics as plays are just a few of the momentous acts presented.
Another popular annual activity of the school is the Norouz Bazaar. On this day, the students lay the Haft Seen Sofreh (table spread) and two will volunteer to recite an article about the true meaning of this ancient tradition, along with joyful music and offering traditional sweets to welcome the arrival of Norouz (new year).
It is our great pleasure that while our classes have become online, the school’s activities in familiarising our students with Persian literature and culture have not stopped, and this will continue in the form of online Norouz challenges, various competitions in painting & drawing, music, singing, etc.