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Persian (Farsi) Courses

Persian 1: PERS 0101(4 credits) offered every fall

This course is designed to help students develop the basick skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking Persian, while incorporating knowledge of the Persian culture. Language technologies will assist students while they learn the script and phonology of the Persian alphabet.

By the end of semester students should be able to :

  • Recognize the Persian alphabet and pronounce the sounds of the Persian language
  • Read simple texts
  • Write short paragraphs
  • Comprehend and speak short conversations about topics regularly encouraged in daily life
  • Gain some insight into culture and traditions
  • Recognize basic differences between the standard Persian langauge and colloquila Persian language

Persian 2: Persian 0102 (4 credits) – offered every spring

This course is intended to continue developing the students' skills in three modes of communcation: interprative, interpersonal, and presentational. They will also gain a deeper understanding of Persian cutlure, history, and traditions by listening and reading extra handouts and giving oral presentations. Students will learn to expand their vocabulary and use new terms in short essays as well.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Learn grammatical structures in text and speech in different situations
  • Apply linguistic knowledge they obtain to describe their own background, profession, origin, and hobbies
  • Write journal entries about daily activities
  • Express in simple terms how they fel and narrate past and future events in simle sentences
  • Describe the physical appearance and personality of people
  • Learn how to order food and drinks in a restaurant; pay a bill
  • Daily shopping (bargaining)
  • Describe the weather of a specific day or season
  • Recognize the Persian New Year

Persian 3: PERS 0103 (3 credits) – offered every fall

This course will continue with objectives of Persian Level 2; to improve students langauge skills and deepen their understanding of the Persian culture, history, and tradition through a comparison with thier own cultural expereince. They achieve a higher level of skill through the three modes of communication introduced in Level 2.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand daily interactions and conversations
  • Understand main points of more complex conversations within a short film segment, video clip, or radio
  • Engage in conversations in predictable topics in informal and formal ways
  • Provide and obtain information on common features of daily life
  • Be able to follow-up with open-ended questions that explore why, how, who, what, when, and where

Persian 4: PERS 0104 (3 credits)– offered every spring

This course will focus on developing linguistic accuracy and fluency in commuicative skill sin order to perform tasks that a native speaker carries out informal and informal situations. Students will have a variety of classroom activities (e.g. oral participation, class projects, role plays, interviews, journaling,

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Have the necessary knowledge to comprehend, discuss, explain, and respond to selected content with greater proficiency
  • Understand main points of a short film or video segment
  • Comprehend the main ideas of a short story
  • Formulate questions for a simple interview, express holiday greetings
  • Learn about the Persian Calendar and holiday rituals

Persian 5: PERS 1901 (3 credits)-offered every fall

(Independent Study - please contact instructor for pemrission number)

This course will continue to focus on the development and integration of students langague skills at a more advanced level. It will also aim to broaden student's vocabulary to improve their spoken proficiency in a variety of communcative contexts and situations. At this level, students will read various texts and literally works from Persian poetry to understand the meaning and to improve comprehension of advanced level grammar forms and culture specific vocabulary.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Communicate orally in most informal and formal communcative situations using vocabulary and grammar forms appropriate for advvanced level
  • Demonstrate the ability to narrate, discuss, and describe in all major tenses of Persian using paragraph length discourse
  • Handle a variety of communicative tasks and social situations with confidence
  • Develop a more 'nuanced' understanding of Persian culture and society

Persian 6: PERS 1901 (3 credits)- offered every spring

(Independent Study - please contact instructor for permission number)

In this advanced course, students will integrate their language skills from all previous levels. At this level, students will identify an area of interest in Persian culture, gather sources to prepare discussion and analysis, and demonstrate advanced levels of language comprehensions.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Naviage conversations with unanticipated complication
  • Compose and deliver a strcutured argument to explain and defend opinions with an effective hypothesis
  • Develop highest degree of grammar accuracy