Persian/Farsi

Language Courses

SUMMER INTENSIVE COURSES

These four-unit courses cover the equivalent of four semesters of Persian language and are designed to help students develop novice-to-intermediate level skills in Arabic, Persian (Farsi) and Russian speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through the use of authentic materials the students will be exposed to a wide variety of topics including basic academic and cultural knowledge. High School students (16+ years old), undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others, may apply. Click for more information

STARTALK STUDENT SUMMER CAMP 2015

Dates: July 20 - August 14, 2015
The STARTALK Persian 2015 camp is July 20 - August 14, 2015 and will be held Monday - Friday from 9:00AM to 3:30PM at the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University (SDSU). This program is available to 10 heritage students in grades 9-12. We offer a unique experience to participants in this language and cultural immersion program which is open to all interested students. Students will be divided into two levels, beginner and intermediate. Students will be actively involved in conversational activities focusing on skills such as speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competence. After completion of the program students will earn four units of college credit. There are no fees for participation, although students' families must arrange for transportation to and from SDSU.

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THE IRANIAN PANORAMA SERIES

Iranian Panorama 2
By Atefeh Oliai and Mani Motiee
ALTD1Panorama 2 is the second book in the sequence of four textbooks from level 1 to 3+, each addressing on level of language proficiency according to the Interagency language roundtable (ILR) proficiency standards. The objective of Iranian Panorama 2 is to help students at the high Elementary level Persian to reach level 2 according to the ILR levels 1.

This book is organized into ten topics, each containing three lessons that introduce various aspects of the Iranian society. All materials are authentic: i.e. written for the usage of Iranian readers and not edited to tailor the pedagogy of the language. Activities, developed based on the communicative method, address all skills and follow the 5 "C's" of the National Foreign Language Standards: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

Iranian Panorama 3
By Atefeh Oliai and Mani Motiee
ALTD1Iranian Panorama 3 is the third book in the sequence of four textbooks from level 1 to 3+, each addressing on level of language proficiency according to the interagency language roundtable (ILR) proficiency standards.

The objective of Iranian Panorama 3 is to help students at the high Elementary level Persian to reach level 2 according to the ILR levels.

All materials are authentic. Activities, developed based on the communicative method, address all skills and follow the 5 "C's" of the National Foreign Language Standards.

Students will engage in individual, pair and group activities to improve their communication skills. Cultural activities will help students demonstrate an understanding of the practices and cultural products of members of the Iranian society.

The audio CD accompanying the book will help students to become familiar with the text.

Iranian Panorama 4
By Atefeh Oliai and Mani Motiee
ALTD1Panorama 4 is the last book in the sequence of four textbooks from level 1 to 3, each addressing a level of language proficiency according to the Interagency language roundtable ( ILR) proficiency standards. The objective of Iranian Panorama 4 is to help students at the high advanced level Persian to reach level 3 according to the ILR levels 1.

All materials used in this textbook, are authentic: i.e. written for the usage of Iranian readers and not edited to tailor the pedagogy of the language. Activities, developed based on the communicative method, address all skills and follow the 5 "C's" of the National Foreign Language Standards. Considerable written exercises address the realm of connection and communities in the 5Cs framework.
The audio CD accompanying the book will help students to become familiar with the text and conduct debates to help students improve their aural skill.

An English Translation in Prose and Verse of Selected Tales of the Shahnameh

By Seyed Abolghassem Fatemi Jahromi and Shima Babapour
ALTD1The author's second book of Ferdowsi's eminent Persian poems is a new attempt to introduce his worthy masterpiece. The major parts of each tale have been scrutinized and translated into prose and verse. These stories manifest the deep knowledge, strong power of expression, unrivalled organization, and matchless beauty of the poems. Ferdowsi's deep knowledge, insight, and moral lessons are still alive even though the book was written more than a thousand years ago. Educational psychologists are still examining and studying the relationship among the characters of the tales, as it has affinity and similarities in the culture of the modern era.

The author has recorded the rhyming couplets in Persian for all 9 chapters of the book. Stay tuned as we make this available. It will contain the Persian text and recording, along with an English translation that can be revealed when the Persian text is clicked on.

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Online Resources

THE PERSIAN GRAMMAR PROJECT

Persian GrammarThe grammar guides have been created with the aid and resources available at San Diego State University’s Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) in order to allow Persian language learners the opportunity to build on their learning experience through an interactive, comprehensive, and self-paced online resource, filled with descriptions, examples, audio, and activities.
Go to the Persian Grammar Project website

RICL ONLINE CULTURE WITH LANGUAGE COURSE

Persian CultureThe RICL Iran Culture with Language Course consists of 10 self-contained 60-minute narrated lessons produced for Reservist Marines throughout the country, but are also available to the general public. The lessons are available online at iranlessons.com, and can also be downloaded on your computer or mobile device as a podcast at https://larc.sdsu.edu/iranpodcasts/ or from the iTunes Library. You can use this resource in its entirety or take segments from any lesson to fit your classroom needs.

THE PERSIAN CONVERSATION COURSE

Persian ConversationThe online Persian/Farsi resources emphasize on conversations in areas such as immediate family, colors, clothing, time, numbers, and the most common features of daily life.
Go to the Persian Conversation Course

THE SHAHNAMEH: FARSI THROUGH STORIES

ShahnamehThe Shahnameh is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. This famous poem has been remixed into three versions to accommodate novice, intermediate, and advanced.

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