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Mahyar Entezari

Assistant Instructor BA in German Studies, University of California, San Diego — MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin — PhD in Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. Candidate
Mahyar Entezari

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Biography

As Lecturer in Persian Language & Culture in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, Mahyar Entezari coordinates and teaches elementary- and intermediate-level Persian (Farsi) language courses—inclusive of the cultures of the Persian-speaking world (i.e., Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan). Additionally, he teaches Iranian cinema and Persian literature.

Presently, Entezari is also a doctoral candidate in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). In addition to teaching Persian as a foreign language, his specializations include literature, film, and culture studies. His dissertation investigates Iranian representations of Afghans and Afghanistan since 1979.

His work has been recognized by institutions such as the U.S. Department of Education and the Fulbright Program.

Interests

Languages, literatures, and cinemas of Persianate societies

PRS 601C • Intensive Persian I

41885 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GAR 3.116
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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 611C • Intensive Persian II

41900 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.206
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PRS 611C (Intensive Persian II) is an elementary-level course designed to help you continue
expanding upon what you have learned in PRS 601C (Intensive Persian I). This course emphasizes
speaking and using the language for communication. Therefore using any language other than
Persian in the classroom will be very restricted. 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. Students should have fulfilled the
prerequisite PRS 601C (Intensive Persian I) course with a letter grade of C or better in order to
take this course.


By the end of this course you will have reached intermediate proficiency, which means that
you will be able to:

1. Speak about yourself and your environment, initiate and sustain conversations on a numberof topics (e.g., family, friends, study, etc.,) and narrate in present, past and future tenses;

2. Read texts on familiar topics and understand the main ideas without using the dictionary;

3. Comprehend simple Persian discourse dealing with familiar topics;

4. Carry out written transactions connected to daily life and write short letters and essays;

5. Be familiar with many aspects of Iranian culture, such as social and religious customs and traditions, family life, and education;

6. Recognize and use verbs in all major tenses, recognize and form complex sentence structures such as dependent clauses, and recognize and use negation patterns.

Grading:
Attendance and Participation: 15%
Homework: 15%
Homework Corrections: 10%
Quizzes: 20%
Writing Portfolio: 10%
Culture Portfolio: 5%
Skits: 5%
Presentation: 5%
Final Exam: 15%

PRS 601C • Intensive Persian I

41695 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.102
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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%
Skits: 5%
Presentation: 5%
Final Exam: 15%

Publications

Mahyar Entezari, "Azadaran-e Bayal," Encyclopaedia Iranica, Online Edition, 7 September 2011, available at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/azadaran-e-bayal.

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