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Intro to Contemp Persian_Spring2012

Intro to Contemp Persian_Spring2012 - MDES 120 Introduction...

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MDES 120 Jan 09, 2012- April 27, 2012 Spring 2012 Page 1 of 5 Introduction to Contemporary Persian I – 41501R University of Southern California Instructor: Peyman Nojoumian Department of Middle East Studies Email: [email protected] Class meets on: MTWTh , 09:00-09:50, VKC 103 Office Hours: MTWTh 01:00 - 02:00 PM or by appointment THH 449C Phone: (213) 740-2310 Course Description and Objectives : MDES 120 is an elementary level course designed to develop your basic Persian language skills in listening, speaking, writing and reading comprehension. There is no prerequisite for this course. The objectives of the course are to help students: read texts of elementary level difficulty and communicate in Persian on a variety of topics and, therefore, understand spoken Persian in everyday situations. write simple sentences with reasonable accuracy. develop cultural awareness through additional readings, movies and class discussions. Students should also be able to do the following main language Task s and detailed P edagogical T asks: Talk about their family. Describe their home, room or apartment. Describe physical and personal characteristics of their friends and family members. Talk about their best friends, good or bad experiences, express their feelings and opinions and etc. Answer simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions, lists and phrases OR questions like “what is your hobby? What sport do you play? Do you like it here? How many brothers and sisters do you have? Where do they work? What do they do? Do you cook? What do you cook? Where do you live? How far is it from here? What do you have at your home? What time do you get up? When do you go to work? What kind of foods do you like? How old are you? What is your favorite …?” and etc. Evaluation The final grade will be calculated according to the following criteria: Active Participation 10% Homework & assignments 15% Class quizzes 15% Mid Term 30% Final Exam 30%
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