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Persian Language & Culture and Modern Standard Arabic Language Studies

Two-year Language Programs in Persian and Modern Standard Arabic are housed in the Department of Linguistics under the supervision of Dr. Brian Agbayani, Chair of the department. The Department of Linguistics is one of nine departments within the College of Arts and Humanities.

Persian was offered for the first time in Fall 2007 under the course title Linguistics 40T.  We are utterly grateful for the generous support of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute for the Persian Language and Culture Studies at California State University, Fresno. The first offering of Arabic was in Spring 2008.

A measure of the program’s effectiveness is the success of students’ ability to achieve a beginning level of communicative competence in Persian and Modern Standard Arabic. Student learning outcomes based on a combination of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the U.S. Interagency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptions will be developed over the course of the grant period to identify listening, speaking, reading and writing criteria in each of the two languages. This will provide direct and indirect measures of student learning in achieving this level of communicative competence.  A sample of likely course objectives and student learning outcomes is provided here.

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We are utterly grateful for the generous support of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute for the Persian Language and Culture Studies at California State University, Fresno.