• Class Number 2049
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic In Person
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
    • Dr Negar Davari Ardakani
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course extends on the foundation built in Introductory Persian A and B. It involves a more detailed presentation of functions of the language, oral and aural practice, and reading of texts and the writing of compositions that incorporate features of the language already presented through some important cultural issues. On completion of this subject students will have acquired upper-intermediate proficiency in Persian conversational forms, a reasonable proficiency in written structures and an ability to formulate such structures, an understanding of some of the commonly used grammatical structures of Persian and the ability to apply them in speech and writing, the ability to interpret messages of an average complexity occurring in some audio-visual media and in individual and group spoken forms, and familiarity with some of the dominant cultural ideas and forms in the Persian culture.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Demonstrate sufficient reading comprehension to understand factual material in nontechnical prose as well as some discussions on concrete topics related to personal interests, social, cultural and historical matters using relevant knowledge of linguistic and cultural context.
2. Speak with understandable pronunciation and initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations to satisfy regular social demands with fundamentally accurate grammar, common forms of verbs and tenses, and suitable vocabulary, including both formal and colloquial Persian.
3. Write routine social correspondence, about daily situations, current events and describe surroundings and causation with good control of morphology, punctuation and grammatical conventions.
4. Comprehend short conversations and questions about social, cultural, and historical issues with flexibility in understanding a range of circumstances beyond basic survival needs in present, future and past tenses.

Additional Course Costs

On-campus students may incur voluntary costs for non-compulsory, additional learning materials. In the online MoD, students must have access to the minimum technology requirements (including a personal computer and fast broadband connection).

Examination Material or equipment

No dictionary for exam

Required Resources

Saffar-Moghaddam, Ahmad. Vol. 3, Persian Language: Iran Today, Tehran: Council for Promotion of Persian Language and Literature, 2012. Available from the ANU Co-op bookshop, from Chifley Library or at: http://library.anu.edu.au/record=b3620599.



http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/steingass/ https://app2brain.com/learn-languages/persian/basic-verbs/






Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Automatic feedback on interactive exercises
  • Verbal and written comments as feedback on participation and contribution to weekly virtual classrooms and class presentations
  • Written feedback on compositions
  • Peer feedback on non-assessable classwork and class presentations 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Text 1. Iran and Iranians ?? ???? ? ????? Text 2. Iran’s History and Civilization ????? ? ???? ????? Short Response Homework Assignment
2 Text 3. Iran’s Attractive Nature ????? ???? ????? Text 4. Iran’s Climate ?? ? ???? ????? Short Response Homework Assignment
3 Text 5. Life and Life Style ???? ? ????? Text 6. Persian Cuisine ?????? ?????? Short Response Homework Assignment
4 Text 7. Arts and Handicrafts ????? ? ????? ????
5 Text 8. Iranian Carpet ????? ??? Text 9. Historical and Cultural Relics ???? ?????? ? ?????? Quiz 1 (2)
6 Text 10. Isfehan ?????? Text 11.Shiraz ????? Short Response Homework Assignment
7 Text 12. Persian and Its Orthography ???? ? ?? ????? Short Response Homework Assignment
8 Text 13. Avicina ???? ?? In-class Midsemester exam (TBC)
9 Text 14. Khayyam ???? Short Response Homework Assignment
10 Text 15. Ferdowsi and Shahnameh ?????? ? ??????? Short Response Homework Assignment
11 Text 16. Persian New Year Short Response Homework Assignment
12 Exam (Oral and Written) Final Exam Inclass + Oral exam

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
All Assessment Tasks 100 % 22/06/2019 28/06/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Due Date: 22/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

All Assessment Tasks

Please refer to the Course Guidelines for full details of assessments, available on the ANU Wattle Site for this course

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

Assignments for the Online MoD are submitted using the course Wattle site. Submitted assignments must include the cover sheet provided on Wattle. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

Assignments must include a cover sheet and will usually be submitted in class (on-campus MoD). Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

On-Campus students will receive hard-copy submissions back with written and verbal feedback during class or by appointment with lecturer.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Zahra Taheri
+61 2 6125 8375

Research Interests

Persian Literature and Women; Sufism.

Dr Zahra Taheri

Monday 10:00 11:00
Dr Negar Davari Ardakani
02 6125 3943

Research Interests

Dr Negar Davari Ardakani

Monday 14:00 15:00

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