Persian 201

PERS 201: Intermediate 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. Pre: 102 or consent.

Course Description:

The first semester of Intermediate Persian: ‘Intermediate Modern Persian I’ continues to provide you with transition from the beginning Persian level to a higher level of language proficiency.  This course emphasizes a variety of authentic materials, such as poetry, short stories, media, and conversations.  Different topics will be introduced weekly, and there will be different activities following each topic to practice the new introduced structure and vocabulary.  These activities will include language games, role playing, daily conversation, small group work, and fill-in-the-blank activities. Also, different genres of media will be discussed and language structure and vocabulary activities will be practiced in these areas.  Moreover, this course focuses on the close relationship of the Persian literature and language.  Consequently, a short modern passage of literary prose will be introduced weekly.  In addition, classical and modern Persian poetry will be discussed.

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 are also required to read a book of modern literary Persian prose and write a paper of 5-7 pages on the literary work and the writer. First, you will present your topic for approval and then prepare a draft paper by mid-semester for instructor and peer review. At the end of the semester you will present your paper to the class.  Your presentation and paper will be evaluated on the content of the topic and the proficiency of the Persian language.

Student Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of Persian 201: Intermediate Modern Persian I, the student should be able to:

•           Use intermediate level morphological aspects of the Persian language in written and oral forms properly.

•           Link ideas and structures of the language appropriately.

•           Differentiate the complexities of semantic characteristics.

•           Use different intermediate syntactic structures accurately in different contexts.

•           Translate and comprehend authentic materials presented in class.

•           Read and comprehend samples of classical and modern poetry as well as modern literary prose.

•           Give an oral or written explanation in Persian and English of different aspects of poetry, language, and culture discussed in



Course textbooks and materials:

Brookshaw, D. & Shabani-Jadidi, P. (2012). The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast 2. Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group. London & New York.

Available at University of Hawaii Manoa Bookstore

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