Persian Language Courses

Persian I (MDES 120): It is an elementary level course designed to develop 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 2015. The objective of the course is to help students: 

  • read texts of elementary level difficulty and communicate in Persian on a variety of topics and, therefore, understand spoken Persian in everyday situations.
  • write simple sentences with reasonable accuracy.
  • develop cultural awareness through additional readings, movies and class discussions.

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.

Persian II (MDES 150): It continues Persian I (MDES 120). This course was first offered in Spring 2012. It will be offered in Spring 2015. It is designed to further develop basic Persian language skills and help students to:

  • read texts of elementary II level difficulty. Communicate and converse in Persian on a variety of topics. Students should also be able to ask and answer open-ended questions in Persian
  • write simple accurate sentences and paragraphs. Develop cultural awareness through additional readings, movies and class discussions

Persian III (MDES 220): It is an intermediate level course designed to develop oral fluency, communicative skills, written expression, and reading comprehension. This course was first offered in Fall 2011. It will be offere in Spring 2015. The objective of the course is to help students: 

  • read texts of intermediate level difficulty and communicate in Persian on a variety of topics and, therefore, understand spoken Persian in everyday situations
  • write intermediate narrative style paragraphs coherently and with reasonable accuracy
  • develop cultural awareness through additional readings, movies and class discussions
  • Communicate and converse in Persian and be able to accomplish the following tasks:
    Identifying 5Ws (What, Where, When, Who, and Why)
    Talking about daily routine, work, and study
    Describing home, office, school, work place, and life
    Asking and answering open-ended questions
    Convincing other people

Persian IV (MDES 250): It builds up on Persian III (MDES 220) and is a high intermediate 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 Spring 2015. The objectives of the course are to help students to: 

  • Read and write texts of high intermediate level difficulty.
  • Communicate and converse in Persian and be able to accomplish the following real-life tasks:
    • Identifying important information in a text.
    • Talking about daily routine, work, study, and etc.
    • Give full describing of locations, and current affairs.
    • Developing analytical thoughts and skills.
    • Developing cultural awareness through additional readings, movies and class discussions.

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 be offered in Spring 2015. These two courses as well as Persian IV (MDES 250) will be counted towards minor in Iranian Studies. Persian I, Persian II and Persian III or their equivalents (which do not count towards the minor) are pre-requisite for Persian IV. For those with prior study of Persian, a placement exam is offered to determine language level. If student proficiency surpasses the third-semester college level, the language faculty should be consulted about a higher level proficiency exam. 

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.

If you need d-clearance to register in Persian-I, you must contact USC Language Center. For Persian II or higher levels, please contact Dr. Nojoumian for a pre-approval first.

Please check this page regularly for further course updates.

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  • Persian Program
  • Office: THH 449
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352