Modern Persian, Elementary Level is an innovative Persian language textbook It is intended for university-level learners and features material for two consecutive semesters of elementary Persian. The textbook implements the most recent trends in language instruction including the basic tenets of flipped learning and communicative language teaching methodology with a student-centric approach to language instruction. Strengthened by its contemporary real-world topics; high-frequency structures and vocabulary; thematic presentation of material; a plethora of engaging speaking activities in each chapter; designated listening, reading and writing sections; and integration of cultural material, this textbook is a straightforward and culturally engaging way to acquire functional proficiency in spoken and written Persian. Complete with a companion website with over 200 audio and video presentations, an answer key, a searchable audio dictionary, and a special appendix for instructors that features classroom activity materials for the entire year, this textbook is an innovative and modern language-learning resource. This textbook is also available in an E-book format in order to make language learning accessible on the go, wherever you are. .
The theoretical framework and underlying linguistic philosophy of the book, its methodology and practical approach to language instruction, format, and learning objectives are based on the latest trends in foreign language instruction defined by the Modern Language Association and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The material of the textbook also reflects the 5 Cs of National Standards in Foreign Language Education.
Modern Persian, Elementary Level features all the attributes necessary for the implementation of modern practices in foreign language instruction such as context-based teaching for real-world objectives, integrated approach toward all language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), thematic presentation of material, differentiation between proficiency and competence, and student-centred classrooms. The curriculum, lessons plans, exercises and activities that inspired the material of the chapters have been tested at Cornell University for several years with groups of students from beginners with no background in Persian to Persian-heritage students, undergraduate and graduate students, and even faculty members from other fields. Feedback from students has been considered and incorporated. Modern Persian, Elementary Level is inspired by the author's extensive years of experience in designing and teaching less-commonly-taught language programs and is informed by the experiences, research, and data across various modern languages. The textbook is intended to train literate f Persian speakers and teaches familiarity with both colloquial pronunciation and written spelling as practised naturally by Persian native speakers.
About the Author
Iago Gocheleishvili, PhD, is a senior lecturer of Persian Studies at Cornell University. He has been designing and teaching university-level courses in less commonly taught languages since 2003. Gocheleishvili designed the Persian language section at Cornell University, and has been in charge of curriculum design and teaching Persian language at the university's Department of Near Eastern Studies since 2006. He has also been teaching courses on state, society and culture of modern Iran.