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Maryam Mohaghegh


Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Withers Hall 422


I was born in Iran and lived there until 2009 when I migrated to US. Although I have studied molecular Biology (B.Sc) and Virology ( M.Sc) in school, but throughout my life, I have always been fascinated by languages and cultures and the way people communicate, their messages and the nuances. I have taught English as a Second Language in “Iran Language Institute” for many years and served as an official examiner for Cambridge University in Tehran.

Despite the fact that Persian has been around for hundreds of years, but it in the past 40 years or so years that it has become a topic of second language. Consequently the resources and methodologies are very young and rapidly growing which I am very interested about.

Besides teaching Persian language and culture, I am a reviewer for National Geographic Magazine- Farsi ( Persian). I joined their team since it started in 2012.

I am interested in people, cultures and communications. In my classes, I tend to use non traditional formats, i.e; movies, music, events to give a better perspective of the Persian language and culture

Extension and Community Engagement

Iranian Cultural Community of North Carolina – Vice President

Office Hours

  • Mon: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Or By Appointment


B.A. Cellular and Molecular Biology Tehran University

M.A. Virology Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

My teaching philosophy:

“[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

― Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

Who cares about rock climbing? My son does. I don’t, but because of him, I have become interested in it too. It is always like this, it always starts with someone we love, and we get into it because that person was so passionate about it that persuaded us it was worth the try and it goes on from there.

I believe that teaching is triggering a process that takes place in the learner not the teacher, so anything that promotes this process would be utilized in

“There are clues for those seeking it, they just have to look for it.” I don’t remember where I picked this sentence, but I truly believe in it. I believe that everyone of us is a teacher, in a sense, as we introduce and advocate what we like. May it be fishing that we do during our free time or dancing or literature. We passionately follow our heart