1st Edition

What the Persian Media says A Coursebook

By Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi Copyright 2015
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    What the Persian Media Says: A Coursebook is a comprehensive and stimulating course for intermediate to advanced students of Persian. Presenting many exercises based on authentic Persian newspaper texts, the course thoroughly introduces students to the language of the news in Iran. Real cultural content is featured throughout and there is a strong focus on enabling students to gain familiarity with day-to-day modern Persian discourse.

    Features include:

    • A wide range of interesting and challenging exercises presented throughout, including activities designed to both test students’ knowledge in a classroom setting and to search online for further Persian news resources
    • Usage of authentic texts from the Iranian media, written for native speakers, with sources including Ettelā’āt, Keyhān, Sharq, E’temād, Irān, and Mardomsālāri
    • Coverage of topics highly relevant to modern day Persian society, including the Arts, divorce, violence, problems of youth, unemployment, politics and economic issues, enabling cultural engagement and knowledge of complex expressions and idioms used in the media
    • A comprehensive bilingual glossary of journalistic and non-journalistic terminology used in the newspaper texts, provided at the back of the book for easy access

    What the Persian Media Says combines modern and more traditional techniques of language teaching. With all the newspaper texts and their corresponding audio files available for free on the Routledge website, students can read the texts in digital form and listen to the audio while working on exercises in the book, enabling full and exciting engagement with the course materials.

    Written by an experienced instructor, this will be an invaluable resource for intermediate to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Persian. It can also be used by self-learners and by instructors and students on intensive courses and summer language programs.

    What the Persian Papers Say: An Advanced Course in Persian Lesson 1 Ettelā’āt – National and international news (front page) Lesson 2 Keyhān - National and international news Lesson 3 Sharq - National and international news (front page) Lesson 4 Ettelā’āt - National news Lesson 5 Keyhān - National news Lesson 6 Sharq Lesson 7 Ettelā’āt – Opinion Lesson 8 Keyhān – Entertainment Lesson 9 Sharq – Arts Lesson 10 Ettelā’āt – Economics Lesson 11 Keyhān – Economics Lesson 12 Sharq – Economics Lesson 13 Ettelā’āt – Provincial news Lesson 14 Keyhān – Crimes and disasters Lesson 15 Sharq – Social issues Lesson 16 E’temād - National and international news (front page) – Thought Lesson 17 Irān - National and international news (front page) – Politics Lesson 18 Mardomsālāri - National and international news (front page) - Politics Lesson 19 E’temād - Literature and arts Lesson 20 Irān - Theater – Thought Lesson 21 Mardomsālāri - Arts – National Lesson 22 E’temād – Social issues – Crimes and disasters Lesson 23 Irān - National news – Social issues Lesson 24 Mardomsālāri - Health – Arts Lesson 25 E’temād - Politics – Politics Lesson 26 Irān - Politics – Politics Lesson 27 Mardomsālāri - Politics – Politics Lesson 28 E’temād - Arts – Arts Lesson 29 Irān - Books - National news Lesson 30 Mardomsālāri - Books – Arts Persian-English glossary English-Persian glossary


    Pouneh Shabani Jadidi holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa. She has been a Faculty Lecturer, teaching Persian language and linguistics as well as Persian literature and translation at McGill, Oxford, Chicago and Azad universities since 1997. She is the co-author of The Routledge Introductory Persian Course, 2010 and The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course, 2012 (both with Dominic Brookshaw). Shabani-Jadidi is also a reviewer for the Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies and the International Journal of Applied Linguistics since 2008.

    "What the Persian Media Says is innovative in its approach to advanced level Persian language learning. Not only does it introduce students to the vibrant lexicon of media Persian, it also familiarises them with its range of registers, and demystifies its grammatical particularities. Through active engagement with a carefully selected set of articles drawn from the full spectrum of Iranian newspapers, learners also gain insight into some of the key socio-political and cultural issues of contemporary Iran, and the manner in which these issues are debated. This course book will be indispensable for those who seek to engage fully with the form of Persian used by media outlets today." Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Associate Professor of Persian Literature, University of Oxford, UK

    "One more interesting type of activity in this textbook is the inclusion of paraphrasing exercises that require a more advanced command of Persian language. Such writing exercises are also helpful in boosting the learner’s academic writing ability.

    This textbook is a valuable source for interested learners of Persian language especially those who are at advanced levels and would like to get acquainted with the newspaper discourse and genres in Persian." Saeed Rezaei, Iranian Studies Volume 49, 2016 - Issue 6