• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Persian
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2019
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This course will enable students to converse, read and write about more complex topics and to discuss ideas and information in Persian . Students will also build on their knowledge of grammar based on what they learned in the previous years. By living in a Persian-speaking country and interacting with the community around them, students will develop confidence and competence using the language in the setting where it is spoken. In addition, students will be able to gain insight into the Persian culture in general and Iranian culture in particular. This unit is an 'immersion' language and cultural programme in which the students study Persian language and culture in a Persian-speaking environment. These experiences cannot be taught in Australian classrooms.

The course will be taught by a lecturer from the ANU Persian Language program, in facilities located at the University of Isfahan Language Centre, Isfahan, Iran.

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. Demonstrate sufficient comprehension to understand most factual material in relatively technical prose as well as some discussions on concrete topics related to personal and social interests.

2. Initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations and satisfy unlimited social demands.

3. Demonstrate ability to write and translate short non-technical texts of moderate difficulty from Persian to English and vice versa using a dictionary.

4. Comprehend conversations of personal, social topics at upper-intermediate level.

Indicative Assessment

1. Class presentations 30% [Learning Outcome 2].

2. Conversational Persian (prepare and deliver dialogues - seven pieces) 20% [Learning Outcome 1-3].

3. Special project 20% comprised of:

Part one (10%): 2000 words written assignment in Persian about a historical site in Isfahan through an interview with a Persian native speaker.

Part Two (10%) of 30 minutes oral presentation followed by a ten minute discussion.[Learning Outcome 2, 4].

4. Final Assessment 30% comprised of:

Written 20%:  includes four sections comprehension & vocabulary, grammar, writing & translation.  All the materials, topics, discussions & activities covered during the semester are included. The test duration is two hours plus 15 minutes reading time. [All Learning Outcomes].

Oral 10%: An in-class interview with a Persian student. [Learning Outcome 4, 2].

1)      Reading: Students will be asked to read a paragraph or two nominated lessons (2.5 minutes / 2.5 %)

2)      Vocabulary: Students will be asked about the meaning of ten words from nominated lessons (2.5 minutes / 2.5 %)

3)     Speaking: Students will be asked to speak about a nominated topic (5 minutes / 5 %):

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Five weeks of classes 9.00am - 3.00pm five days per week, plus additional extracurricular activities and excursions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PERS6004, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PERS3007.

Prescribed Texts

Materials for the course will be provided directly to students by the lecturer, or via Wattle.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $6720
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $10320
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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8376 01 Oct 2019 25 Oct 2019 25 Oct 2019 31 Dec 2019 In Person N/A

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