Persian 102

PERS 102: Beginning Modern Persian II

Offered in Spring 2014 Semester

Catalog Description:

Continuation of 101. Pre: 101 or consent.

Course Description:

The second semester of first year Persian: ‘Beginning Modern Persian II’ provides you with the continuation of basic vocabulary and covers the most important points of grammar structures in order to communicate in oral and written Persian at the first year level.  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 understanding of 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 writing assignment (approximately 300 words) and will be evaluated on the content of the paper and the proficiency of the Persian language.

Students will 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 102: Beginning Modern Persian II, the student should be able to:

  • Comprehend simple written and spoken sentences in Persian.
  • Demonstrate vocabulary consisting of approximately 400 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.
  • Read simples sentences consisting of 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.
  • 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. Available at University of Hawaii Manoa Bookstore

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