ARAB1003 Persian for Beginners

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  • Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View timetable
  • Credits: 20
  • Class Size: 25
  • Module Manager: Mustapha Lalhlali
  • Email: e.m.lahlali@leeds.ac.uk
  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module
  • This module is approved as a Skills Discovery Module
  • This module is mutually exclusive with:
    • ARAB1004 Persian for Beginners

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

  • - Have you ever considered learning a new language?
  • - If so, why don't you try our new module ARAB1003: Persian for Beginners?

Persian is easy to learn at the undergraduate level. It is one of the major languages of the contemporary Middle East. It is spoken throughout Iran and over large areas of Afghanistan; and one of its branches, Tajik, is widely current in Central Asia.
Persian studies is typically paired with sub-fields such as Arabic, Islamic Religion and Culture, International Politics of the Middle East, Indo-Islamic culture and civilization, Sufism, linguistics, theology, philosophy, Near Eastern history, Turkish and the history of art.
This module assumes no prior knowledge of Persian. It offers students an opportunity to develop their skills in four areas of language acquisition: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. A good knowledge of Arabic is helpful for reading Persian.
The module is designed as an Discovery module for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
For further information please consult our website: www.leeds.ac.uk/arabic.

Objectives

This module is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Persian language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to equip students with the Persian alphabet, morphology and syntax, and basic sentence constructions in Persian, the basics of Persian grammar and acquire limited vocabulary to be able, with the aid of a dictionary, to read basic modern texts and conduct basic everyday conversation.

Syllabus

A wide range of subjects will be presented in class, including audio-visual resources and written materials. This course encourages simple conversation, as well as interactive communications in class through the use of a variety of materials. The students will be using some of oral Persian skills.
Topics covered at this level include communication in everyday situation. This module will introduce basic grammar fields and more syntactic constructions, as well as continuing to expand students' vocabulary in a variety of lexical fields. Students will also be introduced to lower intermediate materials.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to understand the Persian alphabet and basic sentences constrictions in Persian, the basics of Persian grammar and acquire limited vocabulary to be able, with the aid of a dictionary, to read basic modern texts and conduct basic everyday conversation. The students will be using some oral Persian skills. Topics covered at this level include communication in everyday situations. All in all, students will be able to read, speak and write Persian confidently.

Skills Outcomes

On the completion of this module students will be able to understand Persian alphabet and basic sentences constrictions in Persian, the basics of Persian grammar and acquire limited vocabulary to be able, with the aid of a dictionary, to read very basic modern texts and conduct basic everyday conversation.

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching

Coursework

Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Oral Presentation 10 mins, set during semester 2 10
Written Work Language Coursework set fortnightly 40
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 50

Exams

Exam type Exam duration % of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 0 mins 50
Total Percentage (Assesment Exams) 50

Private Study

preparatory reading for lectures/languages classes, completion of coursework and exam preparation

Progress Monitoring

Students' progress will be monitored through language coursework and written examination in May/June.

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Lecture 21 2 42
Private Study Hours 158
Total Contact Hours 42
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 200

Reading List

Reading List
Abedi Rafiee, Colloquial Persian, The Complete Course for Beginners (with cassette), Routledge, 2001
Wheeler M. Thackston, An Introduction to Persian, Iranbooks 1993

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