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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2006

PRS 329 • Basic Tajiki

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43098 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 101
Hillmann, M

Course Description

COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. PREREQUISITE: UPPER-DIVISION STANDING OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR.

The Persian language has three chief dialets: "Farsi" in Iran, "Dari" in Afghanistan, and "Tajiki" in the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Tajiki Persian is the vehicle and voice for a rich medieval literary tradition which it shares with IRan and Afghanistan and a dynamic contemporary literary and cultural life. Upwards of 6,000,000 people speak Tajiki. Written in Cyrillic scipt, Tajiki is perhaps the easiest Asian language for speakers of English to learn. UT's new Basic Tajiki course is the only such course in America taught by native speakers trained in foreign language teaching. Basic Tajiki is a four-skills proficiency course, which teaches "survival" conversation skills, elementary level reading skills, and elementary listening skills. The course covers the essentials of Tajiki grammar and presents and practices about 1,500 vocabulary items through exposure to authentic written and spoken texts. By the end of the course, students have listening, speaking, and reading skills needed to handle survival situations in Tajiki. They also come away from the course able to continue study of Tajiki on their own or to take an Intermediate Tajiki course.

Grading Policy

Course grades are based on class participation (60% of the final course grade) and four review texts (10% of the course grade each).

Texts

Required texts are: Azim Baizoyev and John Hayward's A Beginner's Guide to Tajiki (2004) and Michael Hillmans Tajiki Textbook and Reader: Second Edition (2003) and Basic Tajiki Word List (2003), along with accompanying audio cassette tapes or CDs, and other materials which course instructors Firuzi Nurulloh and Tahmina Djumbaeva are bringing with them from Dushanbe to Austin in August 2006.

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