PERSIAN OF IRAN TODAY

Refreshing your Farsi or learning Farsi?  Check out Persian of Iran Today by Anousha Shahsavari and Blake Atwood at the University of Texas in Austin.  There are two volumes and other materials which can be downloaded as PDF files or can be purchased from Amazon.  More information below.

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Persian of Iran Today: Volume 1 is the first of two introductory Persian language textbooks by Anousha Shahsavari and Blake Atwood. Its innovative multimedia curriculum draws on the latest trends in language pedagogy and interweaves grammar- and vocabulary-building exercises with narrative elements in order to engage and develop students’ abilities in Persian. Persian of Iran Today is a proficiency-based resource that gives equal weight to the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and encourages students to use and create with the language from the very beginning. Persian of Iran Today is published by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies Publications program.

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Here is the link to the website where you can download these books and additional resources.  There are audio-visual dialogues available as well.

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Here is the link to Amazon where you can purchase these books.

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 Shahsavari, Anousha

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Anousha Shahsavari, lecturer of Persian at The University of Texas at Austin, holds a BA degree in English Translation from Shiraz Azad University, received an MA in Applied Lingustics: Teaching Persian to Speakers of Other Languages from Shiraz University in 2005, and another MA in Second Language Acquisition and Application from the University of Maryland in 2009. She is the co-author of the two-volume, elementary Persian textbook, Persian of Iran Today, available in hard copy and online, with online audio and video components. She has taught at the University of Maryland Persian Summer Institute and the UT Austin Persian Summer Language Institute. Shahsavari is currently working on Persian of Iran Today–Functions, a Persian language textbook for intermediate and advanced level students.

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Atwood, Blake

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Blake Atwood is an assistant professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, where he is also the coordinator of the Persian language program. His research focuses on the history of Iranian cinema, and he is particularly interested in the intersection of film, technology, and politics in the Islamic Republic. His first book, Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic (forthcoming with Columbia University Press, Fall 2016), examines the unlikely partnership that developed between the popular Reformist Movement and the film industry between 1990 and 2007. He has begun work on a second book manuscript that examines how video technology has refashioned movie culture in Iran. 

He received his B.A. with highest distinction in Persian language and literature from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Between 2011 and 2013 he taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.