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

Fall 2005

PRS 506 • First-Year Persian I

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41150 MTWThF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
RLM 5.120
GHANOONPARVAR, M

Course Description

This is a language competency-based course designed for beginning students of Persian. Students are introduced to basic patterns of Persian in simple sentences. While emphasis in this course is on conversation skills, students also learn the Persian alphabet and develop reading skills. 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 dialogues and reading materials are made available through the Language Laboratory. Students also watch a feature film one hour per week. The film is 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 is used as an auxiliary tool in the acquisition of various language skills. Students are also encouraged to attend a weekly scheduled coffee hour to practice conversation with native speakers and other students. At the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to reach the level of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills established in the University Standard Exit Criteria approved for first-year Persian by the American Association of Teachers of Persian.

Grading Policy

Four exams 60% Daily assignments 20% Class participation 20%.

Texts

M. R. Ghanoonparvar and F. Givehchian, Persian for Beginners. Photocopied materials and materials on computer disks.

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