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Persian I(111-3-1)


Taymaz Pour Mohammad
Taymaz Pour Mohammad is a native speaker of Persian. He grew up in Tehran and received his BA in Law in his hometown. Currently a PhD candidate in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University, he is writing his dissertation on English translations of the fourteenth-century Persian poet Hafez.

Meeting Info

Online: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 4:00PM - 4:50PM

Overview of class

Persian 111 is a three-quarter sequence of Elementary Persian focusing on speaking, listening, reading, and writing as well as the acquisition of culture. In addition to using an elementary Persian textbook for a systematic introduction of vocabulary and grammar points, adapted materials such as literary sources and social media are introduced to practice grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension in context. The course also integrates authentic material from available online sources for improving listening comprehension and cultural understanding. This introductory Persian course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are entirely new to the language or have very little background.
In this quarter, the students will first review some materials from the first and second quarters. They will then, among other things, learn to: talk about different kinds of Persian food, interact at a restaurant, talk about the education system in Iran, about traditional celebrations and festivals, about the Persian calendar and months, interact at the Iranian airport, ask for directions, narrate stories situated in time, about Iranian currency and popular Iranian sports, and talk about events taking place in the future.

Registration Requirements

Persian 111-2; or permission of the instructor.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the first-year three quarter sequence, the student will be able to:
? master the Persian alphabet and distinguish and pronounce Persian sounds;
? converse in common social conversations and daily communications;
? discuss familiar topics, talking about yourself, education, family with a native speaker of Persian;
? comprehend simple written texts and audio/video texts on familiar topics;
? write short passages about topics pertaining to daily life.

Teaching Method

Following the communicative approach, grammatical structures and vocabulary are practiced throughout the course in context. This is an interactive course, and students are expected to come to class prepared to be able to participate in class actively and in a lively and informed fashion.

Evaluation Method

Class attendance, homework assignments, quizzes and short exams, final presentations.

Class Materials (Required)

Persian in Use: An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture, Anousha Sedighi, Leiden University Press, 2015. (ISBN: 9789087282172).

Class Notes

This class is taught in Persian. It meets four days a week online; a minimum of one-hour review is required outside of class for each class session.

Class Attributes

Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time