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

Spring 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41655 to 41660 Multiple Sections JES A205A
CAL 221

Course Description

Continuation of PRS 506. Elementary Literary Persian. For heritage speakers of Persian. This is a language-competency-based course designed for students who have completed First-Year Persian I or its equivalent as well as students who have had exposure to Persian and who pass a placement examination for PRS 506. Having had a semester of colloquial Persian, students in First-Year Persian II are exposed to elementary literary Persian. Developing listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills, the course also builds on language patterns learned in the previous semester to teach Persian grammar through brief explanations and extensive drilling. Daily homework assignments are corrected and discussed with students on a regular basis. Reading materials from both the assigned texts are used to improve students' reading comprehension and to build vocabulary. Audio tapes of all reading materials are made available through the Language Laboratory. Students also watch a feature film one hour per week. The film will be repeated several times within the course of the semester (usually two to three films are shown over the entire semester) on the basis of which students are provided with exercises to improve all skills and increase their vocabulary retention. In addition, computer-assisted instructional material for Persian will be used as an auxilliary tool in the teaching of various language skills. Multiple sections are offered. Please check the course schedule for days and times available.

Grading Policy

Quizzes and exams, 60%; daily assignments, 20%; class participation, 20%.


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