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This course is designed for learners who have already gained a sound grounding in Persian grammar and who have acquired a foundation in vocabulary. The intermediate level consolidates this foundation and develops further skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Learners will develop both oral and written skills and enrich their vocabulary. Learners will continue to develop their knowledge of Persian culture through further explorations of Iranian society, covering such topics as bazaars, fire temples and pigeon towers, tribal carpet-weaving, and Iran's natural geography. Objective:
To allow learners to express themselves with greater fluidity and more syntactic variety and use more complex structures, to further develop their vocabulary and to be introduced to the differences between written and colloquial Persian. In parallel with an acquisition of syntax and lexis, learners will also continue to expand their knowledge of daily life in urban and rural Iran, through readings on aspects as varied as geography, architecture and religion. Learning Outcome:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to master more complex grammatical structures, such as tense agreement in conditional sentences, the passive voice and the subjunctive mood, and to read extracts from classical literary works by Hafiz, Omar Khayyam, and Sa'di. Topics:
Grammatical topics covered in this level will include the passive voice, inflectional affixes, subjunctives, conditionals, impersonal constructions, and compounding. Literary and cultural topics will include selections from classical prose and poetry, and exploration of aspects of Iranian society, such as clothing, the celebration of Noruz, natural disasters and how Islam is practiced in Iran. Textbook:
Farsi Shirin Ast, Book Two, Pouneh Shabani Jadidi and Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Routledge. $80 Lessons:
Lessons Eleven to Fifteen, pages 115-174, plus supplemental material selected or generated by the instructor.