Online Persian (Farsi) Classes with a Fun Experienced Teacher & Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Linguistics!
By Yashar Khazdouzian
Your instructor, Yashar Khazdouzian
I’ve been teaching Farsi, English, and Spanish since 2009. After teaching different students and trying various methods, I have come to believe everyone learns through their own unique way. Therefore, I would love to take the time to understand how my students learn and to use that knowledge to expedite their improvement. I was born and raised trilingual in Tehran (Iran). I would love to teach Farsi, English, and Spanish to people who are interested in them. I have studied and I can speak various languages (Farsi, English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Catalan, Korean, Japanese, and Dutch among others) throughout my life and I can easily say I know how different languages work and what makes them “tick” which makes me a unique teacher. I have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Philology from Tehran University and a master’s in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts from Universitat de Barcelona (MA thesis). Currently, I’m doing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Language (in the area of Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition) and carrying out my own research on Interlanguage Pragmatics (ILP). I got my CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in 2014 and I learned new methods international teachers are using around the world. I also have a Teacher Training Certificate of ELE (Español como Lengua Extranjera) and I have a DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Estranjera) B2. I am a very sociable person and my students have mostly found it easy to communicate with me which makes me a perfect teacher for discussion and conversation classes. Here are some of their testimonials: “Yashar is super friendly and really easy to work with. Also, he has a great mind for languages so he understands how languages work. A lot of times native speakers can’t really explain why things work the way they do in their native languages, but Yashar does a great job of that. I”m looking forward to our next lessons and hopefully gaining some oral/aural fluency” -Kevin “I don’t think I’ll ever rave about Yashar enough. I decided a month ago to take on the challenge of learning Farsi before my upcoming trip to Iran. I posed the challenge to Yashar, and now just 48 hrs before my flight departs I must say there’d no one more apt at the job than Yashar!! A lot of heart goes into his course preparation. New grammar concepts are always thoughtfully embedded in the materials prepared so that introduction will flow with ease from one to another. I especially appreciate his sharing of Haft Sang, a TV series to help me warm up to the rhythm of speech prior to my departure. The 12 lessons we’ve had have led me beyond where I imagined I could land in a month, and Yashar has been more than supportive like a friend. I do sincerely wish more classes are like this! My deepest appreciation for your work Yashar. May many more have the opportunity to be led through the door of Farsi by you!!” -Janice “Yashar is a fantastic teacher! I’ve been studying with him for more than 2 years, and I’ve gone from having zero Farsi to understanding complex sentence structures and advanced verb tenses. He is sharp at discerning a student’s proficiency level and areas of weakness, and he comes up with creative, effective exercises to strengthen those areas. He’s also flexible and accommodating. And on top of all that, classes with him are fun! You will laugh a lot and learn a ton.” -Lisette
In Farsi classes, we will focus on your speaking skills first. I will help you build your confidence and create a proper vocabulary base. There will be naturalistic conversations where we will extract the grammar points and use them to make sentences. You don't have to start learning how to write using Persian alphabet from the get-go if you don't want to, we can use the transliteration! I will also provide you with comprehension tasks where you will read a text and answer questions. Furthermore, you will listen to graded conversations and, when you feel more confident, watch video excerpts from movies! A little bit of everything to make it fun! and of course... SPEAKING SPEAKING and SPEAKING!
Zoom, Skype, Facetime, you name it!
I recommend having classes once or twice a week. My schedule is usually flexible.