Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Laura Fish

BA in Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University ------ MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Laura Fish



Iranian Cinema; Film distribution; Persian language teaching


Laura is a doctoral student in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Texas at Austin. Relying upon both her Persian and Arabic language knowledge, she focuses her studies on Iranian cinema, while also addressing Egyptian and Palestinian film. Her interests lie in determining the current digital distribution and viewing practices of mid-twentieth-century popular Iranian films through online platforms.

In 2011, Laura graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies and a minor in International Relations from Cornell University. More recently, in 2013, Laura completed her Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at UT. Her thesis work focused on Iranian visual culture during the Iran-Iraq War. While at UT, Laura has worked as an instructor for Beginning Persian and a teaching assistant for Intermediate Persian and various content courses, such as Introduction to Islam.



PRS 601C • Intensive Persian I

41085 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 1.206

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.


Persian of Iran Today


Attendance and Participation: 20%

Homework: 20%

Homework Corrections: 5%

Tests: 25%

Culture Portfolio: 5%

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