Why I teach
I live in Barcelona. And I love teaching. I’ve noticed that many people in Barcelona are interested in learning Persian. So, I decided to do it as a way of satisfying my passion for teaching and making some pocket money. I used to do it only privately, but it’s not very fulfilling to me anymore since I am a very social person and I like group activities.
How I teach
I gather a group of people who are at the same level (usually true beginners). Then we choose a location. It could be a coffee shop, somebody’s home, or any other public place where it’s not noisy and a small group of people can easily communicate. My experience has shown that public and quiet coffee shops and bars are the best places, because it provides a very friendly environment and everyone can be as relaxed and unstressed as they want while they’re drinking a coffee or mint tea! According to CLL (Community Language Learning), relaxing learning environments cause effective learning. It also increases motivation to attend the next session. Many people these days don’t learn a new language because it’s intimidating. They think it’s boring school again, doing homework, memorizing stuff, etc, etc, etc. NO! I think learning should be fun. I even think we should even be concerned about learning. My sessions include educational fun activities and some explicit learning. I guarantee both learning and fun. You can try.
How much you pay
Every session is 60 minutes. But it can also be longer with a break in the middle if I see the potentiality of the group. For 60 minutes you only pay 10 euros per person and the group is always small. This fee includes one complimentary coffee (if it’s in a bar/coffee shop). If there are two sessions in a row with a break in the middle, you’ll pay only 5 euros for the second session.
What I teach
I believe in communication rather than boring grammatical rules and writing systems. Persian might seem intimidating at first. But that’s just an illusion. Unidentified things are scary. Like darkness. The moment you light a candle, you’ll realize “Oh! Everything looks normal, why was I afraid of this room?”. The answer is “unawareness”. Persian language, especially the alphabet, sounds very mysterious, ergo the fear. To break the spell, you’d be amazed to know that Persian is one of the “Indo-European” languages. Yes. It’s like English, Spanish, French, German, etc. What’s so scary then? The right-to-left writing system. Why is it scary? Because you haven’t tried learning it yet. I can guarantee you’ll be done with alphabet in a few sessions. It’s very easy and completely rule governed. I’ve had students who learned the whole thing in one session and started writing right after that, though with a very elementary childish handwriting, but hellllooo… you don’t expect to write ambidextrously right after one hour of training, do you?
So, the first thing would be a couple of daily and easy conversations with the help of “transliteration” (writing words as they sound in English). In the meantime trying to learn a couple of letters, too. I don’t have an alphabet-only session. By the end of the 10th session (first level), you’ll be able to have some basic conversations in Persian. You’ll also be able to fairly read and write in Persian alphabet. How’s that?
I recommend two sessions a week since it won’t be very heavy and you’ll have time to practice in addition to your normal life occupation. I recommend only 1 hour per session since our head will be all overwhelmed after 60 minutes of a completely new language. So, in 5 weeks, you’ll be done with level 1.
Some methodologists believe that learning happens if Persian is spoken at all times. I don’t disagree with them, but it causes lots of stress and boredom. I believe in comfort. I believe if at the beginning levels we use another language to mediate learning, the learning would be a lot more comfortable and “won’t escape from the class”. I speak English mainly, but I fairly know French and Spanish, and some German and Catalan and Arabic. So, I most probably can integrate your native language into learning, especially when it comes to understanding some complicated concepts. So, don’t worry, as I said, by the end of the first level, you’ll be able to read, write, listen, and speak in Persian at a basic level.
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