MDES 120: It is an elementary level course designed to develop your basic Persian language skills in listening, speaking, writing and reading comprehension. There is no prerequisite for this course. This course was first offered in Fall 2011. It will be offered again in Fall 2014. The objective of the course is to help students:
Students should also be able to do the following main language Tasks: Talk about self and family. Describe a place such as their home, apartment or class. Describe physical and personal characteristics of their friends and family members. Talk about best friends, good or bad experiences, express their feelings and opinions. Be able to converse in Persian by asking and answering simple questions. The Persian curriculum is based on the latest language learning pedagogy and communicative approaches.
MDES 150 continues MDES 120. This course was first offered in Spring 2012. It will be offered again in Fall 2014. It is designed to further develop basic Persian language skills and help students to:
MDES 220: It is an intermediate level course designed to develop oral fluency, communicative skills, written expression, and reading comprehension. This course was offered in Fall 2011. It will be offere again in Fall 2014. The objective of the course is to help students:
MDES 250 continues MDES 220 and is an intermediate (II) level course designed to develop oral fluency, communicative skills, written expression, and reading comprehension. This course was first offered in Spring 2012. This course will be offered in Fall 2014. The objectives of the course are to help students to:
Advanced Persian I & II: The Advanced Persian-I (MDES-320) has been offered for the first time in fall 2014. Advanced Persian-II (MDES-350) will also be offered in Spring 2015. These two courses will be counted towards minor in Iranian Studies. Persian-I through Persian-IV are pre-requisite for Advanced Persian-I & II. However, students are able to take placement exam and sit in Advanced Persian-I if they are placed beyonf Persian-III and are able to pass Persian-IV exam. Please contact us if it applies to you.
Advanced Persian I & II are designed to develop advanced language skills in listening, speaking, writing and reading comprehension. These courses help students read texts of advanced level difficulty and communicate in Persian on a variety of topics (politics, culture, religion, minorities, modern literature, Persian classical and modern poetry), write complex and cohesive paragraphs, and develop cultural awareness through additional readings, movies and class discussions. Students will learn variety of real-life language tasks through writing paragraphs, short essays, reports, summaries, and analyzing discourse by comparing similarities and differences.
Note: Please do NOT register for the above Persian courses if you are a native-speaker of Persian and did your secondary education in Iran. You can ask your advisor to fill out a petition for you and waive your foreign language requirement at USC Language Center.
Please check this page regularly for further course updates.