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Shahrzad Shams
PRSAN 401
Seattle Campus

Intensive Elementary Persian

Intensive study of grammar with oral and written drills and reading of simple texts. Cannot be taken for credit if PRSAN 411, PRSAN 412, PRSAN 413 previously taken. Offered: S.

Class description

The course will cover most of the major grammatical concepts. Thackston's Introduction to Persian is used as the text book. Essential concepts of Lessons 1 through 25, suitable for first year students will be covered.

Student learning goals

The students will be able to report past events related to their personal lives, such as daily living activities & recreational activities in all the past tenses.

The students will be able to communicate about their daily living activities and recreational activities, habits,... using the present tense. They learn how to handle simple personal transactions such as ordering food, purchasing goods, making travel arrangements, etc...

Students will be able to describe things, people and places in simple terms and compare them.

Students will be able to discuss their future plans, wishes, goals and dreams with others and speculate about future personal events.

Students will be able to create with the language based on models learned in the course. They will be able to ask simple questions and hold simple conversations on personal topics.

Students will be able to read and write simple text on familiar and personal topics. At the end of the course, the students should have reached Novice-High to Intermediate Mid level on the ACTFL scale of proficiency, based on their enthusiasm, effort and participation.

General method of instruction

Online & in class 5 days a week, 3 hours a day in class. Grammar will be posted online Class time will be used to do exercises and learning activities

Recommended preparation

A good dictionary is a must Homework has to be done on a daily basis Students can familiarize themselves with the Persian alphabet and sounds by registering themselves in moodle and examining the first week's file Students can also purchase the reader and the text book ahead of time and prepare for the course

Class assignments and grading

Daily assignments due the next day. Assignments need to be done in order for the student to be able to perform in class activities the next day Assignments are not graded but completion is given credit.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Shahrzad Shams
Date: 04/14/2014