• Class Number 2627
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. read all characters of the Persian alphabet and simple cursive writing equivalent to usual printing or typescript containing high frequency structural patterns and vocabulary;
  2. speak with understandable pronunciation and maintain simple, predictable face-to-face conversations, and responding to simple questions on familiar topics;
  3. 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;
  4. 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,
  5. 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.

All learning content ( teaching materials, cultural information, dictionaries, and supporting materials) will be supplied either through the course website and online lessons or through the course Wattle page. the following links can be useful for students.


http://aryanpour.com/English-to-Persian.php http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/steingass/



www.persian-language.org www.irib.ir/radio/adab/shaer.htm



Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Persian Alphabet ?????? ?????
2 Sounds, Letters, Word ???? ???? ???? Quiz #1. March 7
3 In the Classroom (1) ?? ???? ??? Writing Assignment #1. March 14
4 In the Classroom (2) ?? ???? ??? Quiz # 2. March 21
5 The Persian Language Teacher ????? ???? ????? Writing Assignment #2. March 28
6 A Student of Persian Language ??????? ???? ????? Quiz #3. April 2 Written Assignment # 3. The submission date for this assignment is at the end of the semester break on April 18.
7 The Student’s Dormitory ??????? ????????? Quiz# 4. April 25
8 Yesterday (The Past Day) ??? ????? Oral Presentation. May 2
9 The University Library ???????? ?? ??????? Quiz # 5. May 9
10 Reading and Conversation ?????? ? ?????? Writing Assignment # 4. May 16
11 Shopping with Iranian Friends ???? ?? ?????? ?????? Quiz # 6. May 23
12 From the dormitory to the University Restaurant ?? ??????? ?? ??????? ??????? Final Exam. May 30-31

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Participation. Conversation 10% 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4
6 Online Quizzes 30% 30 % 1, 3, 4
4 Written Compositions 20% 20 % 1, 3
Recorded Oral Presentation 10% 10 % 2, 3, 4
Final Exam 20% 20 % 1, 3, 4
500-word extended written assignment in Persian 10% 10 % 1, 3, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Participation. Conversation 10%

Students must study the content provided on the course website for each lesson each week. It is expected that at a comfortable pace this will require 2-3 hours of study. This study should be completed, where possible, by the time of the Weekly Online Tutorials (Conversation sessions). Participation in the lecture and conversation classes is compulsory. Students Participation in lectures and conversation classes are compulsory.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

6 Online Quizzes 30%

Six Short online quizzes to assess student learning progress. these quizzes consist of a series of 10-15 questions (both in multiple choice and written answers). The assessable content will be on the basis of what students have studied/learned in the relevant week’s lesson on the course website as well as previous weeks’ content. These quizzes are open-book and students can refer to the course website or other materials. The quizzes will be open throughout each week before the submission date and close on the submission date: Marked quizzes with feedback will be returned to Students one week after submission. The submission dates for Quizzes are as follows:

Quiz 1. March 7

Quiz 2. March 21

Quiz 3. April 2

Quiz 4. April 25

Quiz 5. May 9

Quiz 6. May 23

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

4 Written Compositions 20%

These short written compositions will take a number of forms and be entirely in Persian. Early written assignments will consist of handwriting practice on provided practice sheets. Later written assignments will be short compositions of less than 150 words utilizing vocabulary and constructions learned in class to assess student learning progress. These assignments must be submitted through the submission field the course website, Wattle. Marked writing assignments with feedback will be returned to Students one week after submission. The submission dates for writing assignments are as follows:

Writing assignment 1. March 14

Writing assignment 2. March 28

Writing assignment 3. April 18

Writing assignment 4. May 16

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Recorded Oral Presentation 10%

This oral presentation should be recorded and submitted via the course website, Wattle.

Students should submit the written texts of their oral presentations along with the recording.

Students will receive guidance and support in preparing their oral presentations. Students will receive their mark and feed back on their oral presentation one week after its submission.

Submission date: May 2

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Final Exam 20%

Final Exam will be conducted in the same way as the quizzes on Wattle but will be comprehensive and longer – it will cover all the content learned in Introductory Persian A during semester. It will take place at the end of the semester., on May 30-31

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5

500-word extended written assignment in Persian 10%

For postgraduate students (PERS6001) should submit a 500 word passage in Persian by May 26.

You may write on any topic of your choice (such as your own, broader research topic). Students should discuss the topic of this writing assignment with the lecturer of the course in order to have a sign-off on the topic and seek support in preparing it. You can use materials outside of the course vocabulary and content. All supporting materials including online dictionaries, cultural information, and other sources are provided for students on the course website, Wattle. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Zahra Taheri

Research Interests

Zahra Taheri. Persian Language, Literature, and Culture. Gender Studies, Sufism, Ethics.

Dr Zahra Taheri

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