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by: Jeffrey Vernon on: 08/24/05
Persian Readers (first to fifth grade)

Dear Ms Ayman,
Thanks for the prompt reply. I was referring to the books described in English as 'Persian First grade reader', 'Persian Second grade reader..' and so on up to fifth grade. I beleive that they are published by the Iranian Ministry of Education, and they are available via IranBooks. I assumed, wrongly, that you had written all of them. Foreign learners of any language can quite rapidly reach the stage of knowing the grammar and a thousand words or so, without being ready to tackle a newspaper or short story. I am looking for materials that help to bridge the gap in Persian. The books you suggest might be a place to start (although the recordings are hard to find).

 
admin replied:
08/24/05
Dear Mr.Vernon,
Thank you for clarification. The readers published by the Ministry of Education are not targeted at foreign students of Persian language. They teach Persian speaking children how to read and write Persian.The textbooks that I have suggested previously are geared to the needs of the foreign students, who learn Persian as a second language.

Good luck,
Lily Ayman
  by: Jeffrey Vernon on: 08/23/05
Lily Ayman's Persian readers

Lily Ayman's readers would probably be suitable for teaching Persian to foreign learners. I believe that there are (at least) five books in the series. How are the books graduated? Is it possible to say, approximately, what is the size of the vocabulary in each of the five books?

 
admin replied:
08/23/05
Dear Jeffrey Vernon
I am sorry. I don’t quite understand your question. What series are you talking about? Unfortunately my reader is not for adult learners, and it is only one book with its teacher's guide, not "series of books".

There are many series of books that claim to teach Persian as the second language. In my opinion the best series is prepared by Dr. Samareh and is called ” Amuzeshe Zabane Farsi” ( Persian Language Teaching). It is comprised of 4 books for the learner (elementary through advanced) , plus a teacher’s guide. It also has audio cassettes. I believe this is the material used for adult foreigners at the Tehran university.

Regards, Lily Ayman
I hope this answer is satisfactory, if not please be more specific with your question, and I will do my best to answer you.
  by: john egbert on: 06/18/05
questions on Iranian life

Ms. Ayman,

No I am not Iranian. I am wholly American-European but very much interested in Iranian culture and developing empathy amongst Canadian and American students ages 12-13 for a non-profit called Journeys in Film. We want kids here to know about Iranian life. I am writing a lesson plan for the film Children of Heaven. I was fortunate to find your website and hope you might provide me with some advice.What I want to know is what is life like for 12-13 year olds in Iran today. I have learned much about the family, but little about childen. By learning this, I can then get our kids here relating better to what life is like there. The film hints, but the kids are younger and the view is still quite limited.

Here are some specific questions, please:

1. Are boys treated differently than girls in the home? How so?

2. Is it true that boys are preferred and if so why?

3. What freedom of movement is allowed for boys and for girls outside of the home?

4. Are schools segregated by gender?

5.Is the govt letting Western influences return to schools and the workplace?

6. What would you like kids here to know or understand about life in Iran for this age group?

Would you like to be quoted in my curriculum writing?

Thanks very much for your help with this.

John Egbert
Albuquerque Academy



 
admin replied:
06/23/05
Dear John Egbert
Thank you for your interest in Iran and our Culture, and for your attempts to educate the young. I have not been in Iran for sometime now. However, I am in touch with and speak frequently to relatives who live there. Nevertheless it would be good to combine my comments with someone currently living in Iran.

1. Are boys treated differently than girls in the home? How so? 2. Is it true that boys are preferred and if so why?
The society in Iran is not very homogeneous. Modern families usually have no preferences, but more fundamentalist and traditional families prefer having boys. It is believed that boys are the ones who carry on the family traditions and look after the elders of the family. In these families it is still believed that the man is the head of the house and the breadwinner. In such families boys are the privileged children. They enjoy more freedom especially in the age group of your interest.


3. What freedom of movement is allowed for boys and for girls outside of the home?
Again it differs from family to family. In these days life is much more restricted for the majority of girls in this age group. The dress code is a very good example for these restrictons. Usually girls beyond the age of 9 have to follow the codes of Hijab.


4. Are schools segregated by gender?
Yes, currently all schools are segragated.


5.Is the govt letting Western influences return to schools and the workplace?
I don't think so.

6. What would you like kids here to know or understand about life in Iran for this age group?
I would like western children to know that Persian chiuldren are loving, sensitive, kind and freedom-loving. They hate oppression just as any other human being.

Would you like to be quoted in my curriculum writing?
I do not mind.

Wishing you lots of success.
Lilly Iman
  by: admin on: 10/18/02
How to teach Farsi to my child?

My name is Sherly Soleiman. I am 28 years old and have a one year old daughter. I want to read to her in Farsi, but have been unable to find any Board Books at the Iranian bookstores in LA and Orange County, California.
My baby tears the regular books and so I can't use those yet. Do you know where I can find board books in farsi??
Also, I would like to play tapes/CD's of persian nursery rhymes for her.
Unfortunately, I've forgotten many of the nursery rhymes I knew as a child...and reading from books, I can't get the melody right. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you,
Sherly Soleiman



 
admin replied:
08/23/05
Young mothers interest to teach her child Farsi
Dear Mrs. Soleiman,
It is so wonderful to hear from a young mother's interest to teach her baby Persian! Unfortunately I haven't seen any board books in Persian either, but you may ask your relatives and friends in Iran to look around for you. I have a feeling that, by now, these kind of books are developed in Iran. As for tapes and CDs of nursery rhymes, there are quite a few available. The one that I like best is the story of "Khale Souske". It is a modernized version of it, but it is quite nice. My 2year old granddaughter loved it. If you will get in touch with Iranbooks in Washington DC area they have a book called "Shadmane- Kudakane" which is a small compilation of Persian famous nursery rhymes. They may also have other tapes and CDs imported from Iran.
By the way, may I suggest to use the word "Persian" instead of "Farsi", when you are talking or writing English. 'Farsi is the Persian word for "persian",and as such should not be used in English.

I wish you all the best,
Lily Ayman

Here is the address of Iranbooks:6831Wisconsin
Ave.Bethesda,MD20815;or:wwwiranbook.com;Tel.301-986 0079

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