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

Postgraduate Course: Persian 1A for Postgraduates (IMES08028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryAn integrated course in spoken and written modern Persian. All the common grammatical structures are studied, translation done both from and into Persian, and a basic vocabulary and set of idioms are built up. Particular attention is paid to oral work.

Course description This course is designed to introduce students to the Persian language. The course teaches how to read and write the Persian script and introduces the main features of Persian grammar together with a basic vocabulary in an interactive communicative setting. It is designed to provide students with the key tools to understand, speak, read and write elementary Persian. The class follows a combination of the exercises and photocopied extracts from different books. Translation exercises are regularly given as homework, which is later corrected and analysed. Persian poetry and prose readings are also regularly discussed and analysed in later stages of the course. Students will also be exposed to Persian history and culture through sample readings, writings, discussions, and other cultural activities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 72 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 18 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Regular written exercises and occasional class tests will be set and marked (10% of final mark); 1 two-hour examination plus oral examination at end of first semester (90% of final mark - 80% of this examination mark is awarded for the written paper, and 20% for the oral exam).
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 1A for Postgraduates3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. This is a one semester course. Upon successful completion of the course students will acquire elementary acquaintance with basic structures of Persian grammar, script and pronunciation.
  2. Students will be able to identify, describe and manipulate a range of linguistic forms and structures in reading, writing, and conversation.
  3. Students will be able to read elementary texts in Persian (50-70 words), and carry on basic conversation in elementary Persian.
  4. Students will be able to write grammatically sound sentences and communicate basic factual information in writing.
  5. Learning of language takes place against a context of Persian culture and civilization. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of Iranian culture.
Reading List
Saffar Moqaddam, A. (1997), Farsi 1, council for development of Persian language and literature, Tehran (The handbook will be available at the departmental office)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIMES Persian1A PG
Course organiserDr Azin Mostajer Haghighi
Tel: (0131 6)50 8433
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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