Requiring no previous knowledge of the language, Introductory Persian A instructs students in the fundamentals of the Persian Language which is the mother tongue of more than 150 million people in the Middle East and is spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Students will quickly master the Persian script and on completion of the course be able to speak, listen, read, write, and comprehend Modern Standard Persian at a basic level across various everyday communicative subjects in both semi-formal and formal social and literary contexts. Students will acquire a basic vocabulary of the 300-400 most commonly used words as well as understand and reproduce the most important grammatical structures in Persian. Historically, Persian was widely understood from the Mediterranean to India, and Introductory Persian A students will acquire a familiarity with the rich Persian historical, literary, and cultural legacy across the great Middle East and Central Asia with a particular focus on Iran.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read all characters of the Persian alphabet and simple cursive writing equivalent to usual printing or typescript containing high-frequency structural patterns and vocabulary
  2. Speak with understandable pronunciation and maintain simple, predictable face-to-face conversations, and responding to simple questions on familiar topics
  3. Write independently with sufficient control of the Persian script and basic vocabulary  with some grammatical and syntactical error (including in the present and past tense) in handwriting and/or typing
  4. Comprehend short conversations and questions beyond basic survival needs and limited social demands in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics in both the present and past tenses

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