Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2141: Intermediate Persian

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This course, continuing Elementary Persian I, is based on Safar Moghaddam and Yadollah Samareh’s Persian Language Teaching: Elementary Course, Book II (using the audio CDs that accompany this book), photocopied extracts from Phillot's Higher Persian Grammar and Anne Lambton's Persian Grammar. It is expected that you will learn the proper pronunciation of the vocabulary featured in the textbook by recourse to the teacher during class. Translation and writing exercises are regularly given as homework, which is later corrected and analysed by the whole class. In class dictation is given with feedback. Persian poetry and prose readings are also regularly discussed and analysed in class. You will read and learn all texts given by the teacher over the course of the semester, with some of these texts appearing in the exams. The emphasis of this class will be on both classical and colloquial Persian, aiming at acquisition of knowledge of the fundamental structure of Persian grammar and language, ability to read intermediate texts in Persian; capacity to carry on conversations in Persian; understanding of the importance of the Persian language and civilization in the broader context of Islamic civilization and culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate mastery of grasp of intermediate Persian grammar, ability to read intermediate texts in Persian, and capacity to carry on intermediate level conversation in Persian;
2. acquire a basic understanding of the importance of Persian language and civilisation in the broader context of Islamic civilisation and culture;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. identify, describe and manipulate a range of linguistic forms and structures in reading, writing, and conversation, and to assimilate basic information about another culture;
Personal and Key Skills4. develop time management skills and ability to conduct independent study, as well as to work in groups in conversation and text-based work;
5. demonstrate confidence in the use of a foreign language and will be able to use the language laboratory.