Dear language learner,
I'm a native Farsi-Persian instructor with over 10 years of experience. My teaching experience falls into two time periods; a) in Iran from 2008-2012, b) in the U.S. from 2013-Present. In Iran I helped global language learners who traveled Iran for language acquisition purposes. They wanted to learn Farsi b/c of their personal interest in the Persian cultural heritage and/or for educational purposes —students whose major was Farsi.
In the U.S., however, most of my students are coming from the federal agencies and some college students who eye on holding international careers such as representing the U.S. as the Foreign Service Officers. Their Farsi background range from scratch (0-0+) to intermediate level.
In order to help my students to pursue their professional goals, I have designed all my teaching materials to reach to ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale level. I apply communicative and task-based approaches to reach ILR scale level. The materials are old-school tools such as some available commercial books, but technology use is more frequent and wide, youtube, podcast, flashcard, online dictionary, news outlets, and movies are amongst them. The language learner after exploring the language alphabet and orthography moves from speaking and reading about general topics such as family, climate, giving direction, currencies, and autobiography to speaking and reading factual news articles such as incidents and accidents, meeting events, etc. (0+-2 score on ILR scale level). From this point on, I prepare materials on more abstract topics such as editorials and commentaries on a wide variety of subject matters such as politics, religion, environment, human rights, administration, economy, minorities, etc. At this level, I prepare language learners to express their agreement or disagreement, discuss pros and cons, give their opinions, and provide comparisons (2 +-3+ on ILR scale level) on a face-to-face conversation with a native speaker of Farsi. Throughout the language acquisition, based on the communicative approach, my role would be a facilitator and moderator. The language learner explores and acquires the language on their own findings and pace.
I speak Farsi, Dari, Tajik, English and Azeri.
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Dear language learner,
I'm a native Farsi-Persian instructor with over 10 years of experience. My teaching experience falls into two time periods; a) in Iran from 2008-2012, b) in the U.S. from 2013-Present. In Iran I helped global language learners who traveled Iran for language acquisition purposes. They wanted to learn Farsi b/c of
Good at her job and good at drilling. She is usually in a great mood and easy to work with. Always prompt and not just a native speaker who teaches her lang. You can tell she has an academic understanding of the language.
I have been working with Mandana for nearly a year. In addition to the fact that she is a great teacher who sets clear lesson plans and homework goals, she also provides simplified explanations of tricky grammatical issues. Farsi is a difficult language for native English speakers to learn, and the fact that written Farsi and spoken Farsi are essentially two different languages, compounds the difficulty. Mandana has been very effective at teaching both written and spoken Farsi.
As other commenters have noted, Mandana is also very good at accommodating "non-traditional" students. I am learning Farsi for fun and personal enrichment. I am also a busy professional with limited time to study, complete assignments, and practice with native speakers. Mandana has been very patient and has worked with me to structure lessons and assignments around my hectic schedule. She has also recommended a lot of fun activities and resources outside of my lessons to help with my speech and listening comprehension. In summary, Mandana is great!
I have been with Mandana for about a year. She constantly pushes me to do better and is always trying to find new ways for me to learn. I am learning farsi as a wife to an Iranian. Therefore my purpose for learning is different than most students. Mandana has changed her way of teaching to accommodate my needs. Without her I would not be where I am today with farsi and I look forward to my lessons every week. Even though I am a bad student and sometimes I don't do my homework she still creates a lesson for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn!
Only had one lesson but seems patient and kind. Also seems to adapt teaching styles to individual personalities and has tricks to help you remember.
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I'm a native Farsi-Persian instructor with over 10 years of experience. I have teaching experience in Iran as well as the U.S. Here, most of my students are coming from the federal agencies and some college students who seek international careers such as representing the U.S. as the Foreign Service Officers. I speak Farsi, Dari, Tajik, English and Azeri.