The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 7, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 264 pages
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The Routledge Introductory Course in Persian - Farsi shirin ast (Persian is Sweet) is a Persian language course designed for instruction at introductory level at university and adult education institutions.

All four skills of language learning (i.e. listening, reading, writing and speaking) are  learnt through communicatively-based pedagogy. Content-based materials provide a comprehensive method of language teaching.

  • Includes free teacher’s book and accompanying audio on a companion website

Farsi shirin ast contains fifteen chapters. Each chapter is composed of:

  • a vocabulary section including the Persian word, its English equivalent, its part of speech and a sentence in Persian where the new word is used in context.
  • a dialogue with comprehension questions in Persian.
  • an explanation of the grammatical point(s) introduced in the dialogue, which includes brief explanations in English, Persian example sentences, and their English translations.
  • a short text in which the implicit focus is on the new grammatical point(s) introduced in the lesson, followed by comprehension questions in Persian.
  • additional exercises for students to practice the grammar and vocabulary introduced in the lesson.
  • a colloquial situational dialogue, followed by a table showing the relationship between the formal (or literary) and colloquial words and expressions used, as well as some additional related vocabulary.

Students learn not only to form simple sentences and to analyze their constituent parts, but also to construct and analyze compound and complex sentences.


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About the author (2010)

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Persian Literature at Stanford University

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