Persian Course 2 - Listening/Speaking

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Curriculum

Title Trip to Iran and participating in Nowruz festival
Grade 2 – 3
Proficiency Level Novice High
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate Low

Theme: Trip to Iran and participating in Nowruz festival.” Nowruz (new day), which marks the beginning of spring, is widely celebrated in Iran and the neighboring countries of Afghanistan and Tajikistan on New Year’s Day (according to the solar calendar). The history of Nowruz goes back three thousand years. Through interactive activities, learner will explore traditions and customs that are involved with Nowruz celebration. They will learn when and for how long Nowruz is celebrated, as well as what families and societies do in order to welcome the start of spring on Nowruz.

 

The course will target learners in 2nd and 3rd grades (7-8 years old); however, activities will be varied in order to differentiate instruction for older learners who are entering the program at the level. For instance, younger children will be exposed to and practice the language using coloring and drawing, while older learners will complete charts and Venn diagrams.

 

The curriculum is intended for intensive STARTALK programs (5 days a week, 6 hours per day, including 2 hours for homework and further practice), but can be easily adapted for different program structures such as weekend schools, semester long programs, etc.

 

In the process of learning, students will watch movies, listen to stories, play related games, talk about routine activities during Nowruz, and interview/ask questions from their parents about Nowruz/New Year celebration and share their findings with the class the next day. Learners will also interpret works of art, photographs, and simple pieces of literature (i.e., children’s songs, games, etc.). In addition, learners will make an illustrated list of their favorite activities and foods during Nowruz, and will further work in pairs or small groups to list similarities and/or differences between New Year’s celebrations in Iran and in the United States. They will look at Nowruz related pictures and predict/brainstorm ideas that may be associated with Nowruz. They will listen to authentic texts about Nowruz and complete charts answering What, When, Where questions. By the end of the program, learners will be able to talk about favorite foods, games, activities, and important places that Iranians usually visit during the Nowruz celebration in Iran. They will also be able to identify areas that are similar or different from those New Year celebrations in the United States. Learners will further be able to list the steps that are involved in the celebration.

Learning Plans

Title 1. Greeting & Introduction
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 1
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 2. Greeting & Introduction
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 2
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 3. Greeting & Introduction
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 3
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 4. Greeting & Introduction.
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 4
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 5. Immediate Family - Kinship terms
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 5
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 6. Extended Family - Kinship terms
Grade 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 6
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 7. Family - Occupation
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 7
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 8. Extended Family - Occupation
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 8
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 9. Family - My Free Time Activities
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 9
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 10. Family - Free Time Activities
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 10
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 11. Shopping - Souvenir
Grade 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 11
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate Low
Title: 12. Shopping Traditions in Afghanistan
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 12
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 13. Public Transportation - Modern
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 13
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 14. Public Transportation - Traditional
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 14
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 15. Public Transportation - Similarities & Differences
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 15
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 16. Historical Places - (Kabul Musem)
Grade 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 16
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate Low
Title: 17. Historical Places - (Naghshe Jahan)
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 17
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 18. Historical Places - (Bagh-e-Feen-e kashan)
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 18
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 19. Persian Singer - Mohammad Isfahanee
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 19
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 20. Persian Singer - Ustad Shajarian
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 20
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student

Language(s): 

  • Persian

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Novice
  • Intermediate

Material Type(s): 

  • Curricula
  • Learning Plan/Lesson Plan

Grade Level(s): 

  • K-2
  • 3-5

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Planning
  • The Learning Experience
  • Learning Tools

STARTALK Principle(s): 

  • Standard-Based Curriculum
  • Target Language