- Class Number 2051
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic In Person
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Zahra Taheri
- Dr Zahra Taheri
- 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
Requiring no previous knowledge of the language, Introductory Persian A instructs students in the fundamentals of the Persian Language which is the mother tongue of more than 150 million people in the Middle East and is spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Students will quickly master the Persian script and on completion of the course be able to speak, listen, read, write, and comprehend Modern Standard Persian at a basic level across various everyday communicative subjects in both semi-formal and formal social and literary contexts. Students will acquire a basic vocabulary of the 300-400 most commonly used words as well as understand and reproduce the most important grammatical structures in Persian. In addition, postgraduate students will develop the ability to compose extended written texts on academic topics. Historically, Persian was widely understood from the Mediterranean to India, and Introductory Persian A students will acquire a familiarity with the rich Persian historical, literary, and cultural legacy across the great Middle East and Central Asia with a particular focus on Iran.
Course Instruction Method and Enrolment (Mode of Delivery)
Introductory Persian A 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 (Learning Outcomes below) 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 universities around Australia or internationally may elect to enrol cross-institutionally in the online course.
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:
- Read all characters of the Persian alphabet and simple cursive writing equivalent to usual printing or typescript containing high frequency structural patterns and vocabulary;
- Speak with understandable pronunciation and maintain simple, predictable face-to-face conversations, and responding to simple questions on familiar topics;
- Write independently with sufficient control of the Persian script and basic vocabulary with some grammatical and syntactical error (including in the present and past tense) in handwriting and/or typing;
- Comprehend short conversations and questions beyond basic survival needs and limited social demands in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics in both the present and past tenses; and,
- Compose extended text on a sophisticated topic of personal or academic interest with a more advanced writing style than normally expected at introductory level correctly employing formal Persian style with minimal error.
Examination Material or equipment
No dictionary for exam
Saffar-Moghaddam, Ahmad. Vol. 1, Persian Language: Basic Lessons, Tehran: Council for Promotion of Persian Language and Literature, 2012. The text book is fully provided for the enrolled students by the Persian Studies Program, Free of Charge.
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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Basic Linguistic Points, Alphabet and Script, Consonants and Vowels. Word Structure.|
|2||Reviewing Alphabet, Syllabus, Word Structure, Word Stress , word Order|
|3||Gender, Simple Present “to Be,” Pronouns Omission, Negation, Sentence Structure||Quiz 1|
|4||Personal Pronouns, Simple Present “to Have,” Genitive.|
|5||Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns, conjugating "to Be" and "to have: and using them to make simple sentences. Numbers.||Quiz 2|
|6||Simple and compound Infinities, Present Stem. Present Indicative, Joined forms of "to Be," Indefinite, Object Maker, Tanvin|
|7||Past Stem, Simple Past, Possession Indicator, Numbers, Subjective Pronoun, Possessive Pronoun.||Quiz 3|
|8||Imperative Verb, Simple, Comparative, and Superlative Adjectives.||Mid-Term Exam|
|9||Preposition, Question Words, Present Subjunctive, Subjunctive Makers.||Quiz 4|
|10||Adverbs, Verbal Preposition, Conjunctions, Conditional Sentences|
|11||Conditional Sentences||500-word extended written composition in Persian on topic agreed with lecturer. Due on May 26|
|12||Final Written and Oral Exam||Final Written Exam: May 28 final Oral Exam: May 30|
|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
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
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Persian Studies: Language, Literature, History, Culture, Gender Studies.
Dr Zahra Taheri