About the Book
CONTAINING more than 1000 high-frequency vocabulary items as well as numerous idioms and idiomatic expressions, Book II of Persian: Here and Now has been crafted for teaching at the intermediate level – second year of Persian (Farsi) in academic programs. Book II as in the first volume, provides students with level-appropriate, grammatical and lexical material. It also introduces them to language within the culture through a variety of relevant, comprehensible, here and now representations of mainstream Iranian culture today. The textual material and the oral/written activities of this book have been structured and developed to be “communicative” in nature. Students are asked to engage in three different modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Book II of Persian: Here and Now is designed to equip second year students of Persian with competencies as stipulated in the ACTF proficiency guidelines.
“… [Persian: Here and Now] does an extraordinary job incorporating various aspects of modern approach to second language teaching, which, unfortunately, most of other Persian language textbooks currently available on the market lack. The topic-based presentation of the material will be greatly appreciated by the students as well as teachers. Numerous notes and quick facts about the peculiarities of Persian syntax and phraseology, especially about the differences in the use of most common expressions in Persian and English are very helpful for learning authentic Persian. I find the presentation of grammar in the textbook unimposing yet helpful and clear. Just as it should be. Incorporating various aspects of the culture of the target country is indispensible in a language class, and, I think that the book does a truly marvelous job presenting culture in a natural, interesting and helpful way that will facilitate the overall process of learning the language. I thought that in terms of structure, organization, and content the book has definite and clear advantages over other textbooks of Persian. …Thank you again for doing so much for the advancement of Persian language teaching in the country.”
Iago Gocheleishvili, PhD, Coordinator, Persian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
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About the Author
REZA FAROKHFAL teaches Persian Language and Civilization at the University of Colorado, Bolder. As an author in Iran, he wrote fiction and literary essays, but in recent years in America he has written works mostly in literary theory and cultural studies. His book Sadi’s Narrative of Exile was published in Tehran in 2008. Teaching Persian (Farsi) as a less commonly taught language, he has applied a “communicative approach” in his classes, which is also the method he has used in compiling his introductory level Persian language course book Persian: Here and Now.