- Code PERS6003
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 PGRD
- Dr Zahra Taheri
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2019
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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.
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.
5. Compose extended text on a sophisticated topic of personal or academic interest with a more advanced writing style than normally expected at intermediate level, correctly employing formal Persian style with minimal error.
Other InformationThis course may be taken either on-campus or online. Both Modes of Delivery provide equivalent training in the Persian language for all language skills and have an equivalent workload. On-campus 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.
Indicative AssessmentMode of Delivery: On Campus
Weekly Short-Response Assignments, less than 200-words each (10%) [LO 1, 3, 4]
Two quizzes, 30-minutes each, held in class (10% each for a total of 20%) [ 1, 2, 3, 4]
Class participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
Mid-semester test, 1 hour held in class (20%) [1, 3]
Final Exam, 2 hours (10% oral and 20% written for a total of 30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
Extended written text in Persian, 700 words (10%) [LO 1, 3, 5]
Mode of Delivery: Online
Online Participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
Four online quizzes (5% each for a total of 20%) [LO 2, 3, 4]
Two written assignments, 400 words each (10% each for a total of 20%) [LO 1, 3]
Oral Presentations, 6-10 mins each (10% each for a total of 20%) [LO 2, 3, 4]
Final Exam, 3 hours (20%) [LO 1, 3, 4]
Extended written text in Persian, 700 words (10%) [LO 1, 3, 5]
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WorkloadIn 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
Saffar-Moghaddam, Ahmad. Book 4, History, Culture and Civilization 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, selected texts.
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