• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Persian
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course extends from Introductory Persian A. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing and conversation and undertake translation from and into Persian at a higher introductory level. Students will develop a larger vocabulary relating to a wider range of topics, building on their studies in Introductory Persian A.

Course Instruction Method and Enrolment (Mode of Delivery) Introductory Persian B may be taken either on-campus or online. Both Modes of Delivery provide an equivalent introductory foundation in the Persian language for all four fundamental language skills and have an equivalent workload. ANU students will normally enrol in the on-campus mode of delivery but may also enrol online (subject to visa requirements);  students from other institutions around Australia or internationally may elect to enrol cross-institutionally in the online course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Read Persian texts in simple and calligraphic styles containing frequent structural forms and patterns with confidence
  2. Speak with understandable pronunciation and initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations on personal, everyday and cultural topics with a demonstrated knowledge of social courtesy demands
  3. Write independently with full control of the Persian script with minimal grammatical and syntactical error (including in the present, past and future tenses) in handwriting and/or typing on social and cultural topics
  4. Comprehend medium-length conversations and questions beyond survival needs and meet social requirements in the present, past, and future tenses as well as the imperative.

Indicative Assessment

On-campus Mode of Delivery:

  1. Short-Response Homework Assignments of 200-300 words (10%), [LO 1, 3, 4]
  2. 30-minute In-Class Review Quizzes (20%: 2 / 10% each) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
  3. Class Participation (10%), [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
  4. 1-hour In-Class Mid-semester Test (written - 20%),[LO 1, 3]
  5. 2-hour Final Exam in Exam Period (40%): 1.5-hour written (30%) [LO 1, 3, 4]; 5-10 minute oral component conducted after completion of written exam (10%) [LO 1, 2, 4]

Online Mode of Delivery:

  1. Completion of online lessons and virtual classroom exercises (10%), [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
  2. Fortnightly Online Quizzes via Wattle (30%: 6 / 5% each), [LO 1, 3, 4]
  3. 2-hour Final Test via Wattle (20%), [LO 1, 3, 4]
  4. Written Compositions submitted via Wattle every three weeks (20%: 4 / 5% at less than 200-words each), [LO 1, 3]
  5. 10-minute Online Oral Class Presentation via Adobe Connect (20%), [LO 2, 3, 4]

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In Person - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 60 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 48 hours of lectures and language classes; and b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Online - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: made up of online seminars, language classes and structured activities; and b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PERS1001; or permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed PERS6002

Prescribed Texts

Study materials to be provided by lecturer.

Preliminary Reading

Learning Resources, Prescribed Texts and Readings:

Saffar-Moghaddam, Ahmad. Book 2, The Capital of Iran, Tehran: Council for Promotion of Persian Language and Literature, 2007

Rafiee, Abdi. Colloquial Persian: The Complete Course for Beginners, New York: Routledge, 2001, (Lessons 5-9)

On-Line Learning Resources




http://www.farsidic.com/    on-line dictionary




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If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
In Person
7085 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
8547 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 Online N/A

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