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Postgraduate Course: Persian 1A for PG Credit (IMES11107)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPersian 1A for PG Credit is an elementary course in Persian language. It is a course in spoken and written modern Persian. It is worth 20 credits and runs in Semester 1 only.
No previous knowledge of Persian is required for entry to the course.
Course description 1) Persian 1 A for PG Credit is an elementary course in Persian language. It is a course in spoken and written modern Persian. It is worth 20 credits and runs in Semester 1 only. No previous knowledge of Persian is required for entry to the course. 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. It is designed to provide students with the key tools to understand, speak, read and write elementary Persian.
2) Content: The course follows a combination grammar and oral lessons. Students will learn how to use Persian grammar and vocabulary related to basic topics such as greeting, family, food, weather, seasons, colours, and home; conduct basic social conversations; extract information from short text, and write short passages in Persian. Students will also be exposed to Persian history and culture through sample readings, discussions, and other activities.
3) Learning experience: Students normally (pre-Covid 19) take 5 hours of contact per week on different skills of language. They also engage with weekly homework assignments, including grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing and listening assignments; quizzes and online content.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements PLEASE NOTE: This course is designed for complete beginners with no previous knowledge of Persian of any kind. Students considering taking Persian 1a as an elective course who have knowledge of Persian at or beyond CEFR A2 level, or students who are native speakers of Persian, should not enrol in this course, as this would be considered academic misconduct. In such cases the students will be asked to leave the course.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 137 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class work - 15% (including class tests)
Mid-Semester test 5%
Written Exam 60%
Oral Exam 20%
Feedback Students will receive feedback on formative homework assignments on a weekly basis.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Persian 1a3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand basic structures of Persian grammar, script and pronunciation.
  2. Identify, describe and manipulate a range of basic linguistic forms and structures in reading, writing, and conversation.
  3. Read elementary texts in Persian (50-70 words) and start basic conversation in elementary Persian.
  4. Write grammatically sound sentences and communicate basic information in writing
  5. Acquire a basic knowledge of Iranian culture as learning Persian takes place against a context of Persian culture and civilization.
Reading List
All resources for the course are in-house material and are available on Learn.

Further Reading:
Introduction to Persian, Revised Fourth Edition, Wheeler M. Thackston 2010
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry:
A. Students will be able to use the basic Persian they have learned in research projects, and seek out opportunities in the Persianate world and in communication with speakers of Persian.
B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Students will be able to read the Persian script, and understand and independently evaluate basic texts, sources, and speech in the language.
C. Communication: Students will develop basic communication skills in Spoken and written Persian, and enhance their understanding of and engagement with the Middle East and Persian-speaking communities.
D. Personal effectiveness: Students will learn to function independently in basic Persian, influence positively through communicating with others in Persian, and adapt to new situations where Persian is spoken.
KeywordsModern Persian,Persian society and culture,Reading,Writing,Grammar,Speaking,Translation
Course organiserDr Azin Mostajer Haghighi
Tel: (0131 6)50 8433
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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