• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Persian
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course extends from Introductory Persian A. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing and conversation and undertake translation from and into Persian at a higher introductory level. Students will develop a larger vocabulary relating to a wider range of topics, building on their studies in Introductory Persian A.

Course Instruction Method and Enrolment (Mode of Delivery)
Introductory Persian B 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 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 institutions 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 Persian texts in simple and calligraphic styles containing frequent structural forms and patterns with confidence;
  2. speak with understandable pronunciation and initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations on personal, everyday and cultural topics with a demonstrated knowledge of social courtesy demands;
  3. write independently with full control of the Persian script with minimal grammatical and syntactical error (including in the present, past and future tenses) in handwriting and/or typing on social and cultural topics;
  4. comprehend medium-length conversations and questions beyond survival needs and meet social requirements in the present, past, and future tenses as well as the imperative; and,
  5. compose extended text on a sophisticated topic of personal or academic interest with advanced introductory writing style beyond that normally expected at introductory level correctly employing formal Persian style with minimal error.

Indicative Assessment

  1. On-campus Mode of Delivery (null) [LO null]
  2. Short-Response Homework Assignments of 200-300 words (10) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. In-Class Review Quizzes (2 x 5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. In-Class Mid-semester Test (written) (10) [LO 1,3]
  6. 2-hour Final Exam in Exam Period (oral 10% and written 30%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  7. 500-word extended written text in Persian on topic agreed with lecturer (20) [LO 1,3,5]
  8. Online Mode of Delivery (null) [LO null]
  9. Completion of online lessons and virtual classroom exercises (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  10. Online Review Quizzes (4 x 5% each) (20) [LO 1,3,4]
  11. Written Compositions submitted via Wattle (2 x 10% each) (20) [LO 1,3]
  12. 5-10 minute Online Oral Presentation via recording (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  13. Final Exam in Exam 3-hour (20) [LO 1,3,4]
  14. 500-word extended written text in Persian on topic agreed with lecturer (10) [LO 1,3,5]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PERS1001, PERS6001; or have permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed PERS1002, PERS2003, PERS2004, PERS3005, PERS3006, PERS3007, PERS6003, PERS6004, PERS6005, PERS6006, or PERS6007

Prescribed Texts

Learning Resources, Prescribed Texts and Readings

Saffar-Moghaddam, Ahmad. Book 2, The Capital 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, (Lessons 5-9)

On-Line Learning Resources




http://www.farsidic.com/    on-line dictionary


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
In Person
5061 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A
5667 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View

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