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Marjaneh Seirafi-Pour

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Marjan Seirafi-Pour

Farzaneh Family Persian Language Instructor

Farzaneh Hall 319

(405) 325-5164



Marjan has been teaching Persian for more than 29 years. Her career and love for teaching Persian started in 1992 when she started teaching at Oklahoma Farsi School, a community-based language school at the University of Oklahoma. Marjan holds two Master’s degrees, one in Educational Psychology and another in Global Studies, both from the University of Oklahoma. She joined the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies in fall of 2013 to start its Persian Language Program. Since then, Marjan has been essential in the growth of this program by expanding the available courses, recruiting students, and promoting the program across the OU campus and beyond. She teaches all levels of Persian, from beginner to advanced.

Her classes are student-focused, dynamic, and friendly with great attention to enhancing the learning experiences of each student. Outside class, the students attend weekly Farsi Friday events, where they engage in Persian conversation and become more familiar with Persian culture. Along with the weekly Farsi Fridays, Marjan has also initiated two other very successful annual events at OU, the Persian Poetry Night in 2017, and the Persian Idioms Project in 2018. These student-based events help our students engage with the Persian language and culture in a deeper and more personal level. This deeper connection facilitates the learning process and makes the language more meaningful for the students.

Marjan also holds the position of Director of Outreach Programs for the David L. Boren College of International Studies where she engages with Iranian students and their experiences on OU campus.  



M.A. in (Global Studies) International and Area Studies. University of Oklahoma. 2011

M.A. in Educational Psychology. University of Oklahoma. 2003

Courtroom Certified Interpreter for Persian. Oklahoma Supreme Court. 2018


Teaching Schedule for Spring 2023

MLLL 4970 Advanced Persian II

PERS 1225 Beginning Persian, Continued

PERS 2223 Intermediate Persian, Continued