This panel aims at investigating different aspects of teaching the Persian language; namely: methodology, material-development, and assessment. There will be three presentations in this panel.
The first presentation investigates main principles of the communicative Task-based Language Teaching approach. It is, in fact, a proficiency-based learning system that can address the kind of interaction and critical thinking skills needed in effective language communication and promotes learning of language and culture by doing. It will be argued that TBLT is an efficient methodology, specifically for developing instructional materials for the Persian language and culture.
The second presentation will be on the challenges of writing a Persian language textbook. The discussion will focus on three major domains: (1) the linguistic foundations on the basis of which these textbooks were written, (2) the applied linguistic theories on the basis of which the exercises were developed, and (3) the methodological concepts on the basis of which the tasks and activities were chosen.
In the end, different methodological hints will be introduced in order to help the educators take the role of the facilitators rather than lecturers in the class.
The third presentation will be on integrating Language Skills in Testing Persian Language. As communicative language teaching is based upon integrating different language skills, in turn, the skills of Persian language should be tested in an integrated fashion rather than testing each skill individually. This approach not only encourages language learners to perform communicatively but also enables a tester to evaluate two or more integrated language skills. To this end, examples will be given to demonstrate how different skills can be evaluated in an integrated approach of Persian testing. This is similar to producing language skills in real life instead of being evaluated in an isolated manner.
In sum, the aim of this panel is to examine the most recent approaches to language teaching and learning, material development, and language testing in the developing field of Persian language teaching.