Dari and Persian Infrastructure Building Project

In order to support the long-term teaching and learning of Dari and Persian, the San Diego State University Research Foundation developed curricula (10 in each language) and lesson plans (200 in each language) for five courses in Dari and Persian at the Novice-Mid to Intermediate-High levels in all four modalities (e.g., listening, speaking, reading, and writing). The 2016 sample STARTALK curricula and lesson plan template were used to develop materials based on the STARTALK-endorsed principles and National Standards. Also developed were instructional videos at the novice and intermediate proficiency levels to better orient teachers with the STARTALK-endorsed principles and National Standards. The concepts are explained in Dari and Persian and supported by concrete examples and modeling in the target language.

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Dari Infrastructure Building Project

Persian Infrastructure Building Project

Instructional Videos

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Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student


  • Dari
  • Persian

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Material Type(s): 

  • Video
  • Curricula
  • Instruction
  • Learning Plan/Lesson Plan

Grade Level(s): 

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Planning
  • The Learning Experience
  • Learning Tools

STARTALK Principle(s): 

  • Standard-Based Curriculum
  • Target Language