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

Anousha Shahsavari

Lecturer M.A. 2009, University of Maryland

Anousha Shahsavari

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Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language, Second Language Acquisition and Application, Learners' Needs Analysis, Task-based Language Teaching

PRS 612C • Intensv Prs For Heritage Spkrs

42340 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 900am-1000am CAL 419
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Course Description

Intensive Persian for Heritage Speakers (PRS 612C) is a proficiency-based course of 90 classroom contact hours and 180+ self-study hours for Iranian heritage university students who have had prior exposure to Persian speaking and listening, but who cannot read or write Persian or who cannot read or write well enough to participate in a second-level Persian course. Successful completion of this one-semester course fulfills a student's foreign language requirement.

By the end of the Intensive Persian for Heritage Speakers, course participants (who bring to the course at least intermediate Persian listening and speaking skills) have the elementary and intermediate reading and writing skills to:

(1) locate materials in their language textbooks in response to directions in Persian;

(2) take notes on Persian words, phrases, and statements;

(3) perform arithmetic functions in Persian (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division);

(4) recite the Persian alphabet in order as a skill to facilitate dictionary use;

(5) recognize Persian phrase patterns in context;

(6) distinguish among the functions and uses of Persian verb tenses and moods in context;

(7) describe in writing chief events in their lives (making use of appropriate past tense verb forms;

(8) describe in writing their chief daily activities;

(9) describe in writing likes and dislikes (making use of subjunctive mood verbs);

(10) describe in writing personal and professional plans (using future tense verb forms where appropriate);

(11) exhibit in dealing with reading texts on general subjects control over the 1,500 most common Persian words;

(12) use efficiently K. Emami's Kimia Persian-English Dictionary;

(13) read shorter new items, public announcements, and advertisements;

(14) read shorter straightforward descriptions of persons, places, and things;

(15) read general-audience essays and newspaper articles on subjects of student interest;

(16) summarize in writing the factual content of expository texts read;

(17) write a letter or essay on Items 7, 8, 9, and 10 (above);

(18) exhibit on a written review test the familiarity with Iranian geography expected of an Iranian 5th grader in Iran;

(19) exhibit on a written review test preparedness to maintain and improve Persian reading and writing skills in later self-study.

Texts

To be provided by instructor.

Grading & Requirements

Daily dictation exercies: 10%

Daily review exercies: 40%

Daily reading activities: 25%

Final exam: 25%

May vary with instructor by semester.

PRS 322K • Intermediate Persian I

42345 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.118
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This intermediate Persian language proficiency course is designed for students who have completed Persian 611C or 612C or have been assigned to the class as a result of a DMES placement test.  The material for this course will consist mainly of articles, stories and audio-visual materials from the internet. Texts will be supplemented with vocabulary lists and exercises and explanations of cultural aspects of the texts. The reading material will also be made available in audio format. The course aims to expand active vocabulary to approximately 1000 words by the end of the semester and to help students reach an intermediate high proficiency in Persian. Students should expect three hours of class preparation for each class hour of reading, listening, and writing. Daily homework assignments are corrected & discussed with students on a regular basis.

Texts

To be provided by instructor.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

PRS 601C • Intensive Persian I

41816 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 2.102
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Course Description PRS 601C or Intensive Persian I is an elementary-level course that is designed to help you start learning Persian and to give you the tools to keep going. This course first introduces the Persian alphabet. The emphasis is on speaking and using the language for communication. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as pronunciation and vocabulary are incorporated into the course. Learning a language requires daily practice. For each hour the student spends in the classroom a minimum of two hours review is required outside the class. There is no prerequisite for this course. Not open to native speakers or Heritage learners of Persian.

By the end of this course you will:

1.  Have mastered the Persian alphabet and sound system, be able to recognize and pronounce correctly all Persian sounds, and write accurately from dictation;

2.  Be able to initiate social interactions, ask for basic information, and be aware of basic cultural aspects of social interaction in Persian;

3.  Be able to talk about yourself, your education, and your family with native speakers of Persian accustomed to interacting with learners;

4.  Comprehend simple print texts on familiar topics;

5.  Comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics;

6.  Be able to compose simple paragraphs about yourself and your family and friends;

7.  Know about the difference between written and spoken Persian, recognize both registers, and be able to use basic expressions.

Texts

Persian of Iran Today

Grading

Attendance and Participation: 20%

Homework: 20%

Homework Corrections: 5%

Tests: 25%

Culture Portfolio: 5%

PRS 322K • Intermediate Persian I

41840 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.206
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This intermediate Persian language proficiency course is designed for students who have completed Second-Year Persian II as well as students who have had exposure to Persian at this level & who pass a placement examination for PRS 512L. The material for this course will consist of prose & poetry, both classical & modern. The course aims to expand active vocabulary to approximately 1200 words by the end of the semester. Grammatical work focuses on complex grammatical constructions & demands increased accuracy in understanding & producing complex structures in paragraph-length discourse. Students should expect three hours of class preparation for each class hour. Although the texts will be supplemented with a glossary & explanations of culture-specific aspects of the text & idiomatic expressions, dictionary use is required. The reading material will also be made available in audio format. Daily homework assignments are corrected & discussed with students on a regular basis.

 

Texts:

To be provided by the instructor.

 

Grading: 

To be provided by the instructor.

 

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