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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Course: Persian 2 (IMES08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is designed to lead on from Persian 1 and provides a further development of linguistic skills in the modern language. Grammatical structures and oral skills are further developed. The course is intended not only to lay the foundation of Honours work, but also to be a self-contained unit. Knowledge of basic grammar structures will be revised and extended. Students will begin to acquire the vocabulary of educated reading and conversation.
Course description This course provides deeper understanding of grammar and linguistic skills in modern Persian. Detailed grammatical structures are provided. Oral skills are further developed through covering social and political topics. Selected texts in Modern Persian are studied and are supplemented by an introduction to the modern literature and culture of Iran. Aural skills are further developed by use of media. Vocabulary will cover a range of different social and cultural topics. There will be weekly quizzes and in class exercises and a combination of the exercises and photocopied extracts from different books. Translation is an important part of this course with regular translation home works and in-class translation exercises. In-class translation exercises are regularly given to students. The students will extend their knowledge Persian grammar. It is aimed to introduce Persian language, culture and civilization to the student more deeply.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Persian 1 (IMES08005)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Course books
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesSee Course Organiser to check level of Persian language ability.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 60, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 306 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 68 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 17 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Regular written exercises and occasional class tests will be set and marked (15% of final mark); 1 three-hour interim examination plus oral examination at end of first semester (25% of final mark); 1 three-hour examination plus oral examination at end of second semester (60% of final mark).

Feedback Feedback is frequently given to students in different forms for their different tasks such as home works, translations, weekly tests, compositions, oral presentations and aural exercises. Both oral and written, individual and group feedback are given for during the semester. Both summative and formative feedbacks are important.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Persian 23:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will acquire a good grasp of intermediate Persian grammar. They will be able to read and understand straightforward texts in intermediate texts in Persian. They will be able to read and understand simple reports and stories.
  2. Students will be able to carry on intermediate level conversation in Persian. They will be able to describe a variety of familiar subjects and communicate in detail about their experiences, ideas, opinion.
  3. Students will be able to understand main points of discussion on familiar topics and everyday subjects. They will be able to understand straightforward information on familiar everyday topics.
  4. Students will be able to compose a text of around 150 words on different familiar topics and explain, describe and discuss the subject forming longer sentences and using a variety of grammatical constructions such as different conjunctions. They will be able to translate a paragraph (around 70 words) from and into Persian.
  5. Students will assimilate information about Iranian culture. They will obtain a deeper understanding of Iran¿s history, literature, art and culture.
Reading List
Thankston, W. 1993, An Introduction to Persian, Ibex publication
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Study Abroad Year abroad will be after completing this course successfully. Students will be sent to Iran to study for the year abroad.
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials
KeywordsIMES Persian 2,Persian language skills,Iranian culture,society,history
Course organiserDr Azin Mostajer Haghighi
Tel: (0131 6)50 8433
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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