Persian 111

PERS 111: Intensive Beginning Modern Persian

Catalog Description:

Combined content of 101 and 102 covered in one intensive course

Course Description:

Persian 111 is an Intensive Beginning Modern Persian course equivalent to PERS 101 and PERS 102.  This course provides you with basic vocabulary and the most important 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 eight 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 Persian language.

Students will also be required to give a final oral presentation using the Persian language to give a talk on a topic such as a self-biography, an instructional talk, a short story, or another approved presentation.   Students will  prepare a draft talk by mid-semester for instructor and peer review.  At the end of the semester you will present your talk to the class.  Your presentation will be evaluated on the content and the proficiency of the Persian language.


Student Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of Persian 111: Intensive Beginning Modern Persian, the student should be able to:

  • Comprehend simple written and spoken sentences in Persian.
  • Demonstrate vocabulary consisting of approximately 1000 concrete and abstract words and expressions.
  • Participate in conversations using the concrete and abstract vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  • Write simple sentences using concrete and abstract vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  • Demonstrate listening comprehension of short paragraphs for a variety of common situations, such as describing people and making plans.
  • Demonstrate ability to write by composing paragraphs related to class readings.
  • Read simples sentences consisting of concrete and abstract vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  • Give an oral presentation in Persian on selected topics such as a biography, descriptive talk, daily activities, or telling a simple story.
  • Give an oral or written description in English of aspects of culture, traditions, and customs presented during the semester.


Course textbooks and materials:

Brookshaw, D. & Shabani-Jadidi, P. (2010) The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast 1. Routledge. 

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