• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Persian
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, International Relations, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Middle East Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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:

  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; and,
  4. comprehend conversations of personal, social topics at upper-intermediate level.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class presentations (30) [LO 2]
  2. Conversational Persian (prepare and deliver dialogues - five pieces) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Special project comprised of: Part one (10%): 1000 word written assignment in Persian about one or more of the topics listed in the course guide. Part Two (10%) of 20 minutes oral presentation followed by a ten minute discussion (20) [LO 2,4]
  4. Final Assessment 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. Oral Presentation (10%) Reading - students will be asked to read a paragraph or two nominated lessons (2.5mins, 2.5%) Vocabulary - students will be asked about the meaning of ten words from nominated lessons (2.5 minutes / 2.5 %) Speaking - students will be asked to speak about a nominated topic (5 minutes / 5 %): (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 150 hours of contact delivered intensively: 25 hours per week for 6 weeks of lectures, tutorials, workshops and activities; and b) 110 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PERS2004. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PERS6007.

You will need to contact the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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
2020 $6240
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $9600
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