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

Activity: Lecture

1 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

Prerequisite: PERS 011 or equivalent

Activity: Lecture

1 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

Prerequisite: PERS 012 or equivalent

Activity: Lecture

1 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

Prerequisite: PERS 013 or equivalent

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 015 Advanced Persian I

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: PERS 014 or PERS 018 or equivalent

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 016 Advanced Persian II

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Assefi-Shirazi

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: PERS015 or equivalent

Activity: Lecture

1 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.

Taught by: Assefi-Shirazi

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Fluency in spoken Persian.

Activity: Lecture

1 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.

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: PERS 017 or permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through the Penn Language Center

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.

Taught by: Assefi-Shirazi

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: PERS 016 or permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through the Penn Language Center.

PERS 111 Beginning Pashtu I

Reading, writing, basic grammar and elemental speaking.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 112 Beginning Pashtu II

Reading, writing, basic grammar and elemental speaking.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: For second semester, completion of the first semester.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: This is a two-semester course.

PERS 113 Intermediate Pashtu

A wide variety of reading genres, writing, and oral expression.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Beg. Pashtu, or permission by instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 114 Intermediate Pashtu Part II

Beg. Pashto, or permission of the instructor. A wide variety of reading genres, writing, and oral expression

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through Penn Language Center. This is a two-semester course.

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

Taught by: Shams Esmaeili

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 321 Persian Culture, Literature and Film for Advanced Learners II

Taught by: Shams Esmaeili

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 415 Classical Persian Prose

This course is designed for those junior and senior students who are eager to explore the major works of classical Persian prose. Students will become familiar with the medieval Persia through an in-depth reading of major mystical, historical and literary works of classical Persian prose. Depending on the text under discussion, students will be introduced to the socio-cultural context of Medieval Persia. Although no prerequisites are required, this course is a perfect follow-up for NELC 216 "Persian Poetry in Translation". Only basic knowledge of Persian language is required for this course as all texts will be read and compared against their English translation.

Taught by: Shams Esmaeili

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

PERS 511 Beginning Pashtu I

Reading, writing, basic grammar and elemental speaking.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through the Penn Language Center

PERS 512 Beginning Pashtu Part II

Reading, writing, basic grammar and elemental speaking.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Two terms. student must enter first term.

Prerequisites: For second semester, completion of the first semester.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through Penn Language Center. This is a two-semester course.

PERS 513 Intermediate Pashtu I

A wide variety of reading genres, writing, and oral expression.

For BA Students: Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Two terms. student must enter first term.

Prerequisites: Beg. Pashtu, or permission by instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through the Penn Language Center

PERS 514 Intermediate Pashtu Part II

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Taught by: Santry

Two terms. student must enter first term.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Offered through Penn Language Center. This is a two-semester course.

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

Activity: Lecture

1 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

Prerequisite: PERS 611

Activity: Lecture

1 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

Prerequisite: PERS 612

Activity: Lecture

1 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

Prerequisite: PERS 613

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 615 Advanced Persian I

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisite: PERS 614

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 616 Advanced Persian II

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: PERS 615

Activity: Lecture

1 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

Prerequisites: Fluency in spoken Persian.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

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

Taught by: Shams Esmaeili

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

PERS 621 Persian Culture, Literature and Film for Advanced Learners II

Taught by: Shams Esmaeili

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit