Project Director: Dr. Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona)
Description: The political and educational climate of the world in the year 2010 speaks most clearly to the extreme need to develop instructional materials in Persian (aka Farsi), the official language of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan and is also spoken in other communities in Central Asia. Despite the growing popularity of Persian courses on American campuses, the instructional materials currently available are either dated or unsuitable for English-speaking second language learners.
This project produced the two volumes in a series of four, designed to teach Persian to college students or independent learners (the first two volumes, at the introductory level, were published by the Yale University Press in 2005 and the next two, at the intermediate level, were published by CERCLL). The intermediate textbooks assist FL teachers of Persian in teaching students to read, write, listen and speak at the advanced level and provide a foundation for an increased understanding of colloquial Persian. The textbooks teach both spoken and written formats, and provide students with information about aspects of Iranian culture so that the language and culture are connected.
Modern Persian: Written and Spoken – Intermediate Texts, Volumes I and II – Kamran Talatoff
The Intermediate Texts (Volumes I and II) offer extended vocabulary, grammar, and essays on aspects of Iranian culture. They expose learners to an extended vocabulary and grammatical range in both spoken and written formats, while teaching all levels of formality and informality. Both volumes are available for purchase from CERCLL (see below).
Description: Although Persian is one of the world’s oldest languages, in its modern form it is still spoken by more than forty million people in Iran and by more than twenty million people elsewhere. These volumes provide students from beginning to intermediate levels with a mastery of modern Persian (also known as farsi) and with an understanding of colloquial Persian. The Intermediate Texts (Volumes I and II) offer extended vocabulary, grammar, and essays on aspects of Iranian culture. They expose learners to an extended vocabulary and grammatical range in both spoken and written formats, while teaching all levels of formality and informality. Both volumes are available for purchase.
Price (each volume): $42
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