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Undergraduate Course: Persian 2 (IMES08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 everyday topics. Selected texts in Modern Persian are studied. 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 exercises to enhanced language skills. Translation is an important part of this course with regular translation home works and exercises.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Persian 1a (IMES08046) AND Persian 1b (IMES08047)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Student must pass Persian 1b or sit the entrance test before enrolling. For further information contact
See Course Organiser to check level of Persian language ability.
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 2023/24, 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 55 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1:
coursework 10%,
Oral exam December 10%,
December written exam 20%
Semester 2:
coursework 15%,
Oral exam May 10%,
Written exam May 35%
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 S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Persian 2 December3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Confidently use intermediate Persian grammar to read, understand and translate straightforward texts in Persian.
  2. Start a conversation in Persian on topics that are familiar, describe incidents, express their feelings, give prepared presentations. They will be able to describe a variety of familiar subjects and communicate about their experiences, ideas, opinion.
  3. Understand main points of discussion on familiar topics and everyday subjects. They will be able to understand straightforward information on familiar everyday topics.
  4. 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.
  5. Assimilate information about Iranian culture. They will obtain a deeper understanding of Iran's history, literature, art and culture.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Students must have passed Persian 1 or the placement test. Placement test will take place during Welcome Week, please contact
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
Course organiserDr Azin Mostajer Haghighi
Tel: (0131 6)50 8433
Course secretaryMr Callum Lennie
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