“… [Persian: Here and Now] does an extraordinary job incorporating various aspects of modern approach to second language teaching, which, unfortunately, most of other Persian language textbooks currently available on the market lack. The topic-based presentation of the material will be greatly appreciated by the students as well as teachers. Numerous notes and quick facts about the peculiarities of Persian syntax and phraseology, especially about the differences in the use of most common expressions in Persian and English are very helpful for learning authentic Persian. I find the presentation of grammar in the textbook unimposing yet helpful and clear. Just as it should be. Incorporating various aspects of the culture of the target country is indispensible in a language class, and, I think that the book does a truly marvelous job presenting culture in a natural, interesting and helpful way that will facilitate the overall process of learning the language. I thought that in terms of structure, organization, and content the book has definite and clear advantages over other textbooks of Persian. …Thank you again for doing so much for the advancement of Persian language teaching in the country.” Iago Gocheleishvili, PhD, Coordinator, Persian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
The author, 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.