CONTAINING more than 1000 high-frequency vocabulary items as well as numerous idioms and idiomatic expressions, Book II of Persian: Here and Now has been crafted for teaching at the intermediate level - second year of Persian (Farsi) in academic programs. Book II as in the first volume, provides students with level-appropriate, grammatical and lexical material as well as a vocal (audio) dictionary. It also introduces them to language within the culture through a variety of relevant, comprehensible, here and now representations of mainstream Iranian culture today. The textual material and the oral/written activities of this book have been structured and developed to be "communicative" in nature. Students are asked to engage in three different modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Book II of Persian: Here and Now is designed to equip second year students of Persian with competencies as stipulated in the ACTF proficiency guidelines.
REZA FAROKHFAL teaches Persian Language and Civilization at the University of Colorado, Bolder. As an author in Iran, he wrote fiction and literary essays, but in recent years in America he has written works mostly in literary theory and cultural studies. His book Sadi's Narrative of Exile was published in Tehran in 2008. Teaching Persian (Farsi) as a less commonly taught language, he has applied a "communicative approach" in his classes, which is also the method he has used in compiling his introductory level Persian language course book Persian: Here and Now.