Persian (PERS)

PERS 011 Elementary Persian I

This course is designed to help you start learning Persian and to give you the necessary tools to continue your study of Persian. This course introduces the Persian alphabet alongside grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. The four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as pronunciation and culture are integrated into the curriculum. There is no prerequisite.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: PERS 611

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 012 Elementary Persian II

This course is designed to help you build upon what you have learned in Elementary Persian I. Emphasis is placed on using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing-as well as culture, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation-are integrated into the course. Students must either have successfully completed PERS 011, or take the departmental exam.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: PERS 612

Prerequisite: PERS 011

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 013 Intermediate Persian I

This course is conducted in Persian and designed to help you continue expanding upon what you have learned in Elementary Persian II (PERS-012). In this course, we will begin to address a broader variety of cultural topics in order to increase your proficiency in linguistic as well as cultural terms. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated into the course, as are culture, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students must either have successfully completed PERS 012 or take the departmental placement exam.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: PERS 613

Prerequisite: PERS 012

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 014 Intermediate Persian II

In this course, we will continue to address a broader variety of cultural topics in order to increase your proficiency in linguistic as well as cultural terms. Emphasis is place on actively using Persian for interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated into the course, as are culture, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students must either have successfully completed PERS 013, or take the departmental placement exam.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: PERS 614

Prerequisite: PERS 013

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 015 Advanced Persian I

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: PERS 615

Prerequisite: PERS 014 OR PERS 018

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 016 Advanced Persian II

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Assefi-Shirazi

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: PERS 616

Prerequisite: PERS 015

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 017 Persian for Heritage Speakers I

A course designed to teach the reading and writing of standard modern Persian to those with a competency in spoken Persian. The course will focus on the lexical and syntactic differences between written and spoken Persian, and the problems of Persian spelling. Prerequisite: Fluency in spoken Persian.

Taught by: Assefi-Shirazi

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: PERS 617

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 018 Persian for Heritage Speakers II

A course designed to develop greater skills in reading and writing standard modern Persian for those with a competency in spoken Persian. The course will focus on the lexical and syntactic differences between written and spoken Persian, and the problems of Persian spelling. Prerequisite: Offered through the Penn Language Center.

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisite: PERS 017

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 019 Advanced Persian in the Media

This course is designed for advanced students of Persian interested in contemporary Persian media from Iran as well as Afghanistan and abroad, who wish to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Persian-speaking societies and politics. Students will advance their skills in reading and listening, as well as in writing and speaking. Prerequisite: Offered through the Penn Language Center.

Taught by: Assefi-Shirazi

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: PERS 016

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 040 Introduction to Sorani Kurdish

Introduction to Sorani Kurdish is an introductory-level course designed to help you start learning Sorani Kurdish and to give you the necessary tools to continue your study of Kurdish language. This course introduces the Kurdish alphabet (Arabic script) alongside grammar and vocabulary. Toward the end of the semester, the course will also involve some Kurdish classical and modern poetry. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. The four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as pronunciation and culture are integrated into the curriculum. There is no prerequisite.

Taught by: Salih

Also Offered As: PERS 640

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 320 Persian Culture, Literature and Film for Advanced Learners I

Taught by: Shams Esmaeili

Also Offered As: PERS 620

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 611 Elementary Persian I

This course is designed to help you start learning Persian and to give you the necessary tools to continue your study of Persian. This course introduces the Persian alphabet alongside grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. The four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as pronunciation and culture are integrated into the curriculum. There is no prerequisite.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: PERS 011

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 612 Elementary Persian II

This course is designed to help you build upon what you have learned in Elementary Persian I. Emphasis is placed on using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing-as well as culture, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation-are integrated into the course. Students must either have successfully completed PERS 611, or take the departmental exam.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: PERS 012

Prerequisite: PERS 011

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 613 Intermediate Persian I

This course is conducted in Persian and designed to help you continue expanding upon what you have learned in Elementary Persian II (PERS-012). In this course, we will begin to address a broader variety of cultural topics in order to increase your proficiency in linguistic as well as cultural terms. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated into the course, as are culture, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students must either have successfully completed PERS 612 or take the departmental placement exam.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: PERS 013

Prerequisite: PERS 012

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 614 Intermediate Persian II

In this course, we will continue to address a broader variety of cultural topics in order to increase your proficiency in linguistic as well as cultural terms. Emphasis is place on actively using Persian for interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated into the course, as are culture, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students must either have successfully completed PERS 613, or take the departmental placement exam.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Taught by: Entezari

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: PERS 014

Prerequisite: PERS 013

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 615 Advanced Persian I

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: PERS 015

Prerequisite: PERS 614 OR PERS 018

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 616 Advanced Persian II

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: PERS 016

Prerequisite: PERS 615

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 617 Persian for Heritage Speakers I

An intensive, one-semester course designed to teach the reading and writing of standard Tehran Persian to those with a speaking knowledge of that language. In recent years there has been an increasing demand from Persian-speaking Iranian-American students for formal instruction in Persian. While many of these students have some degree of spoken fluency in Persian, they are often unable to read or write it. Their speaking ability makes it difficult to integrate them into first- or second-year classes of students who have started with no knowledge of Persian. If these Persian-speaking students could be brought to at least a second-year level of reading and writing, they could then be enrolled in more advanced courses in Persian where they would be more or less at the same level as other students. The course will focus on the lexical and syntactic differences between written and spoken Persian, and the problems of Persian spelling.

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: PERS 017

Prerequisites: Fluency in spoken Persian.

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 620 Persian Culture, Literature and Film for Advanced Learners I

Taught by: Shams Esmaeili

Also Offered As: PERS 320

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit

PERS 640 Introduction to Sorani Kurdish

Introduction to Sorani Kurdish is an introductory-level course designed to help you start learning Sorani Kurdish and to give you the necessary tools to continue your study of Kurdish language. This course introduces the Kurdish alphabet (Arabic script) alongside grammar and vocabulary. Toward the end of the semester, the course will also involve some Kurdish classical and modern poetry. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. The four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as pronunciation and culture are integrated into the curriculum. There is no prerequisite.

Also Offered As: PERS 040

Activity: Lecture

1.0 Course Unit