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Persian courses at University of Texas

Persianists and Students of Persian,

This is a second announcement for University of Texas at Austin's Summer 1999 Second-Year Persian Course, which runs from June 21 to August 13, 1999, with 95 contact hours of class sessions. Offering six university credits, the course has a tuition charge of $1.050, while textbook materials and audio cassette tapes cost about $90.

The course is open to college and university students and high school seniors. For students who know some spoken Persian, but cannot read, a pre-course alphabet/reading immersion will take place free of charge from June 14 to June 19. The announced deadline for applications is April 15th, but interested students may submit applications during the weeks thereafter. Maximum enrollment for the course is twelve participants. As of April 6, five seats were still available.

Second-year Persian Summer 1999 at Texas is an intermediate course for students who have completed a year of Persian study or its equivalent. Second-year Persian Summer 1999 aims primarily to increase efficiency in reading Persian and secondarily to improve Persian listening and speaking skills. It also aims to help dramatically increase passive vocabulary and familiarity with Persian cultural terms. The course leads to student proficiency in dealing with texts of academic and cultural interest and in learning how to improve Persian language skills through self-study. In-class work and conversations with the instructor in and outside of class take place in Persian.

Course sessions deal with Persian Fiction Reader (Dunwoody Press, 1998, revised edition), Persian Fiction Reader Workbook (Persepolis Enterprises, 1997), and Persian Vocabulary Acquisition: A Practical Guide (1999, draft manuscript). Course materials incorporate results of research in Tehrân during the 1990s and focus on the use of Persian in America. Audio cassette tapes accompany all course materials. After each three-hour class session, course participants can expect to spend as many as three hours in self-study, reviewing the day's work and completing homework assignments.

Midway through the course and on its last day, course participants take proficiency tests administered by outside testers. Optional extracurricular activities include the showing of Iranian feature films (with parallel Iranian Movies Workbook modules) and a series of weekly Persian language social events, three of them involving Iranian cooking lessons.

For application materials, contact:

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712
512-471-3881 (tel)
512-471-7834 (fax),

Web site:

Michael Craig Hillmann
Course Instructor
Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, WMB 5.146
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin,
TX 78712, U.S.A.
512-475-6785 (tel)
512-471-4197 (fax)


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