• Class Number 4460
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
    • Nusha Faizi
  • 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

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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; and
  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.

Additional Course Costs

Students of Persian Online should possess a microphone headset, such as one of the Logitech H-series headsets or ear-bud headphones with a dedicated microphone and a webcam (integrated is suitable) in order to complete the course.

Examination Material or equipment

Online Mode of Delivery: N/A1

Required Resources

Online Mode of Delivery:

No course materials required, all learning content will be supplied either through the course website and online lessons or through the course Wattle page. Supporting materials are accessible from: http://library.anu.edu.au/record=b3620599.

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 Examination period Note: Number 1 in the left box means " Semester 1 Examination Period" Online: Final Exam June 11 June 19: 700- word extended Written Text in Persian on topic agreed with lecturer (only for the post graduate students).
2 Iran’s Beautiful Nature and Climate ????? ???? ? ?? ? ???? ? ???? Online: Course Website Lesson 2 + Tutorial
3 Persian Lifestyle, Homes and Cuisine ???? ????? ? ?????? ?????? Online: Course Website Lesson 3 + Tutorial
4 Iran’s Arts and Handicrafts ?????? ????? ? ????? ???? Online: Course Website Lesson 4 + Tutorial
5 Persian Carpets ???? ??? ?????? Online: Course Website Lesson 5 + Tutorial Quiz 1: March 26
6 Iran’s Cultural and Historical Ruins ???? ?????? ? ?????? ????? Online: Course Website Lesson 6 + Tutorial
7 Isfahan ?????? Online: Course Website Lesson 7 + Tutorial
8 Shiraz ????? Online: Course Website Lesson 8 + Tutorial Quiz 2: April 30
9 Persian Language and Handwriting ???? ? ?? ????? Online: Course Website Lesson 9 +Tutorial
10 Avicenna ??? ???? Online: Course Website Lesson 10 + Tutorial
11 Khayam ???? Online: Course Website Lesson 11 + Tutorial Quiz 3: May 21
12 Ferdowsi and Shahnameh ?????? ? ??????? Online: Course Website Lesson 12 + Tutorial Oral Assessment 2: May 23 Written Assessment 2: May 30 Quiz 4: June 4

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation and Conversation 10% 10 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4
4 Online Quizzes via Wattle 20% (5%each) 20 % * * 1, 3, 4
Written Assignments 400 words submitted via Wattle (2 assignments): 20% (10% each) 20 % * * 1, 3
Online Oral Presentations ( 2 Oral Presentation) 20% (10% each) 20 % * * 2, 3, 4
Final Exam via Wattle 20% 20 % * * 1, 3, 4
700-word Extended Written Text in Persian 10% 10 % 19/06/2021 26/06/2021 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.


Online Mode of Delivery: Final Test to be conducted via Wattle (like fortnightly quizzes) at the end of semester/in exam period

Assessment Task 1

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

Participation and 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 Tutorial. Participation in the online tutorials will be assessed through the tutorials and student’s completion and learning progress from the course website – including participation and initiative in the Wattle discussion forum, where appropriate – which is the basis of each weekly online tutorial conducted through Zoom.

Note: Continuous assessment on participation and conversation

Assessment Task 2

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

4 Online Quizzes via Wattle 20% (5%each)

The quizzes will be short and aimed to assess student learning progress and provide ongoing practice and consolidation of learning. They consist of a series of 10- 20 questions (in multiple choice, short answer, or other format). The assessable content will be on the basis of what students have studied/learned in the relevant weeks’ lessons prior via the course website. These quizzes are open-book and students can refer to the course website or other materials. The fortnightly quizzes will be open throughout each week and close by 11:59pm of the relevant day of the week as stipulated on page 3 and recorded on Wattle; students must complete the quiz by then.

Students Quiz Submission Dates:

Quiz 1: 26 March 2021

Quiz 2: 30 April 2021

Quiz 3: 21 May 2021

Quiz 4: 4 June 2021

Return dates for marked Quizzes and Feedback: One week after the Quiz submission date for each Quiz

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Written Assignments 400 words submitted via Wattle (2 assignments): 20% (10% each)

These written compositions will be entirely in Persian. Students are expected to utilise vocabulary and constructions learned in class to promote the process of learning progress. These assignments will be announced and administered via Wattle and/or Online Tutorials and must be submitted through the submission field in Wattle for the relevant lesson/week. There is some flexibility in the topic students write on, though in Intermediate Persian A, one will be on formal writing at more length while another will be a chance to demonstrate learning in the colloquial/spoken Persian language.

Students Written Assignment Submission Dates:

Written Assignment 1: 2 April 2021

Written Assignment 2: 30 May 2021

Return date for marked Written Assignment 1: One week after the Written Assignment 1 submission date

Return date for marked Written Assignment 2: One week after the Written Assignment 2 submission date

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Online Oral Presentations ( 2 Oral Presentation) 20% (10% each)

These presentations will be conducted in the Weekly Online Tutorials via Adobe Connect or by prior recording (by agreement between lecturer and students). The first will comprise a spoken presentation in standard Persian but in a conversational style, the second will also be in a conversation style but be in colloquial (as opposed to formal) Persian. Students will receive guidance and ongoing support in preparing presentations on topics of interest. One will be an individual presentation on a topic decided on by the student based on course learning while another will focus on spoken/colloquial Persian and may be completed either individually, in pairs, or in a group.

Students Oral Presentation Submission Dates:

Oral Presentation 1: 9 April 2021

Oral Presentation 2: 23 May 2021

Return date for marked Oral Presentation 1: One week after the Oral Presentation 1 submission date

Return date for marked Oral Presentation 2: One week after the Oral Presentation 2 submission date

Assessment Task 5

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

Final Exam via Wattle 20%

This will be conducted in the same way as the fortnightly quizzes on Wattle but will be comprehensive and longer – it will cover all the content learned in Intermediate Persian A during semester. It will take place either at the end of semester or during the ANU Exam Period.

Students Final exam Submission Date:

Final Exam: 11 June 2021

Return date for marked Final Exam: One week after the Final Exam submission date

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 19/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 26/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5

700-word Extended Written Text in Persian 10%

This 700-word text will be on any topic of interest agreed on by the student and lecturer during semester

Students Extended Written Text in Persian Submission Date:

Extended Written Text in Persian: 19 June 2021

Return date for marked Extended Written Text in Persian : One week after the Extended Written Text in Persian submission date

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

Persian Literature and Language, gender Studies, sufism

Dr Zahra Taheri

By Appointment
Nusha Faizi

Research Interests

Nusha Faizi

By Appointment

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