- Code PERS2004
- 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, Cultural Studies, Middle East Studies, Language Studies, Linguistics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Zahra Taheri
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
Second Semester 2021
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This course extends on the skillset developed in Intermediate Persian A, itself a foundation on 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 versatile proficiency in understanding 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 audio-visual media and in individual and group spoken forms, and familiarity with some of the dominant cultural ideas and forms of Persian culture and history.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate sufficient reading comprehension to understand factual material in nontechnical prose as well as most discussion on concrete and abstract topics using relevant knowledge of linguistic and cultural context, including with unfamiliar material;
- speak with understandable pronunciation and initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations to satisfy both regular and uncommon social demands with fundamentally correct grammar, accurate and suitable use of verbs and tenses, and suitable vocabulary, including both in formal, standard, and colloquial Persian;
- write correspondence and compositions on academic topics as well as about daily situations, current events and describe surroundings and causation with good control of morphology, punctuation and grammatical conventions at an upper-intermediate level; and
- comprehend and engage in medium-length conversations and trade questions about personal, social, cultural, and historical issues with flexibility in understanding a range of circumstances beyond basic survival needs in all tenses.
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.
- Mode of Delivery: On Campus (null) [LO null]
- Weekly Short-Response Assignments, less than 200-words each (10) [LO 1,3,4]
- Two quizzes, 30 mins each held in class (10% each for a total of 20%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mid-semester test, 1 hour, held in class (20) [LO 1,3]
- Final Exam, 2 hours (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mode of Delivery: Online (null) [LO null]
- Online Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Two online quizzes (10% each for a total of 20%) (20) [LO 1,3,4]
- Two written assignments, 500 words (12.5% each for a total of 25%) (25) [LO 1,3]
- Two oral presentations, 6-10 minutes each (12.5% each for a total of 25%) (25) [LO 2,3,4]
- Final exam, 3 hours (20) [LO 1,3,4]
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In Person - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 60 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 48 hours of lectures and 12 hours of conversation classes; and b) 70 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: online lectures, conversation classes and structured activities; and b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Learning Resources, Prescribed Texts and Readings:
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.
On-Line Learning Resources
http://www.farsidic.com/ on-line dictionary
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5059||26 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021||14 Sep 2021||29 Oct 2021||In Person||N/A|
|5669||26 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021||14 Sep 2021||29 Oct 2021||Online||View|
|7060||26 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021||14 Sep 2021||29 Oct 2021||Online||View|