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- Intermediate Persian I
- CEUS-T 251/651
- Shahyar Daneshgar
This class adheres to the communicative/ interactive teaching principles, which are based on the five components of modern language instruction: communication, culture, connections, community, and comparison. This will allow us to look at Persian language from a holistic perspective. To start off, we will review and complete the last chapters in Moghaddam’s General Course in Persian 1 “Basic Structures.” 2003. This book is an essential tool to build on for advanced learning in the classroom. After the completion of this book, we will begin using Windfuhr’s Persian: Intermediate Level 1. Each chapter should take approximately three sessions to complete. With the help of the textbook, we will aim to cover a wide range of topics, as well as intermediate to advanced grammar.
In the Modern Persian Intermediate Level I we will review and study the following grammatical structures:
- Colloquial speech.
- Unstressed ‘ye;’ subjunctive and imperative moods (ch.3).
- Direct object ra and stressed ‘ye’ forming derivative nouns (ch.4).
- Modal verbs, impersonal use of modals and indirect verbs (ch.5).
- Definite future and prefix ‘mi’ expressing progressive, future and habitual actions (ch.6).
The following topics and their related vocabulary will also be studied in the class:
- Norooz Festival in Iran
- Visiting the National Museum of Iran
- The City of Isfahan “Isfahan Is Half of the World”
- Greetings, meeting someone and leave-taking expressions
- Studying Persian Language in Iran
- Occupations, cities and countries
- Money, currencies, prices, shopping at a carpet shop and bakery
- Giving directions, transportation, places, and weather
- Entertainment, films, TV, concerts
- Shopping, food, restaurants, Iranian cuisine
- Travel, accommodations and customs
The Cultural Components and Technologically Driven Sources for the Class:
Every day ten to fifteen minutes of the class time will be devoted to many aspects of the Iranian culture. Your instructor hopes to expose you to numerous authentic/original materials through the Internet and other media.
- Daily homework assignments, class and language lab attendance and participation
- Weekly tests and quizzes
- Midterm exam
- Final exam
- Attendance of 3-4 movies, tea hours, special events are also required.
Language learning requires greater participation in the classroom than most other subjects in the university curriculum. Students are expected to attend ALL classes. Students are allowed to miss three instructional hours during the course of one semester without grade penalty. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. Additional absences can be considered by the department only with proper documentation of attested medical needs for which a doctor's note will be required, and with the possibility of a tutoring requirement to preclude class disruption for other students.
- Auditing: The Department of Central Eurasian Studies does not allow auditing of language courses. Any inquiries must be addressed to CEUS Chair directly.
- Enrollment: Students enrolled in CEUS language courses obtain a grade at the end of each semester. The Department does not offer pass/fail options.
- Incompletes are not given in CEUS language courses. Any inquiries must be addressed to CEUS Chair directly.
- If you are a native speaker of a language or you are a citizen of a country where the language is commonly spoken, or you graduated from a high school in that country, Indiana University and departmental policy may (or may not) prohibit you from enrollment in this language class. Please direct all related questions to the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Goodbody Hall 157, 855-2233, or firstname.lastname@example.org