PERS 009 - Persian for Arabic Speakers I

This course is a three-credit, non-intensive introduction to Persian for students who read and write Arabic with ease. Offered as an alternative to Intensive 1st Level Persian I (PERS 011), this course is ideal for students seeking a similar level of proficiency with fewer credits, and counts equally towards the Persian minor. Conducted entirely in Persian with a heavy focus on communicative language skills, the class also introduces aspects of history, culture, and current events. Special reference will additionally be made to the many ways in which students' knowledge of Arabic will facilitate the acquisition of Persian (through loanwords, expressions, certain grammatical structures, etc.), all while emphasizing those areas in which the two languages diverge, such as differences in pronunciation, separate writing conventions, and false cognates. Upon successful completion, students typically continue with Persian for Arabic Speakers II (PERS 010). Together these two non-intensive courses bring students to the intermediate level in only half the number of credits as Intensive 1st Level Persian I and II. Taking advantage of students' advanced literacy in Arabic script, the Persian for Arabic Speakers sequence is part of an innovative ongoing initiative at Georgetown to create alternative pathways towards proficiency for bilinguals seeking to learn a third language.
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