Persian 101

PERS 101: Beginning Modern Persian I

Offered in Fall 2015 Semester

Catalog Description:

Listening, reading, writing, speaking skills, language structure, and culture integrated in a variety of communicative and creative activities.

Course Description:

The first semester of first year Persian: ‘Beginning Modern Persian I’ provides you with basic vocabulary and grammar structures in order to communicate in oral and written Persian.  Classroom activities will include the integration of the four skills of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These language activities will include role playing, dialogues, songs, flash cards, language CDs, etc.  Moreover, you will have a general understandingof Persian culture, traditions, and customs.  In addition to four hours of class work, there will be a weekly language lab assignment to reinforce your language skills and broaden your cultural understanding.

There will be five writing assignments that will correspond to the topics presented weekly.  Based on one the topics introduced, you will write a one-page assignment (approximately 300 words) which will be evaluated on the content of the paper and the proficiency of the appropriate use of Persian terms and phrases.

Student Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of Persian 101: Beginning Modern Persian I, the student should be able to:

  • Comprehend simple written and spoken sentences in Persian.
  • Demonstrate vocabulary consisting of approximately 600 concrete and abstract words and expressions.
  • Demonstrate listening comprehension of sentences and phrases in a variety of common situations such as greetings, self-introductions, and directions
  • Demonstrate ability to write by composing sentences or short passages related to class readings
  • Participate in conversations using the concrete and abstract vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  • Write simple sentences using concrete and abstract vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  • Read simples sentences consisting of concrete and abstract vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  • Give an oral or written explanation in English of some aspects of language, culture, traditions, and customs presented during the semester.

Course textbooks and materials:

Sedighi, A.  (2015) Persian in Use. Leiden University Press and co-published by University of Chicago Press.

Available at University of Hawaii Manoa Bookstore

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