Intermediate Persian

Module titleIntermediate Persian
Module codeARA2141
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Mr Ali Mossadegh (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

10

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module continues on from Elementary Persian I and II (ARA1013 and ARA1020; its pre-requisites). The emphasis is on classical and colloquial Persian, aiming at the further acquisition of knowledge of the fundamental structure of Persian grammar and language. It advances your understanding so that you can carry on a conversation in Persian on ordinary topics concerning home and society. We conduct grammar and textual translation exercises and develop pronunciation and conversational skills. You will also learn calligraphic skills. You will listen to BBC and VOA Persian programmes online, and will learn to read intermediate texts in Persian. You will learn to understand of the importance of the Persian language in the broader context of Persian and Islamic civilization and culture. You will be initiated into the poetry of major Persian poets such as Sa’di, Hafiz, Khayyam and Rumi.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This course, continuing Elementary Persian I, is based on Safar Moghaddam and Yadollah Samareh’s Persian Language Teaching: Elementary Course, Book II (using the audio CDs that accompany this book), photocopied extracts from Phillot's Higher Persian Grammar and Anne Lambton's Persian Grammar. It is expected that you will learn the proper pronunciation of the vocabulary featured in the textbook by recourse to the teacher during class. Translation and writing exercises are regularly given as homework, which is later corrected and analysed by the whole class. In class dictation is given with feedback. Persian poetry and prose readings are also regularly discussed and analysed in class. You will read and learn all texts given by the teacher over the course of the semester, with some of these texts appearing in the exams. The emphasis of this class will be on both classical and colloquial Persian, aiming at acquisition of knowledge of the fundamental structure of Persian grammar and language, ability to read intermediate texts in Persian; capacity to carry on conversations in Persian; understanding of the importance of the Persian language and civilization in the broader context of Islamic civilization and culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate mastery of grasp of intermediate Persian grammar, read intermediate texts in Persian, and engage in intermediate level conversation in Persian;
  • 2. acquire a basic understanding of the importance of Persian language and civilisation in the broader context of Islamic civilisation and culture;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. identify, describe and manipulate a range of linguistic forms and structures in reading, writing, and conversation, and to assimilate basic information about another culture;
  • 4. ability to discern different linguistic dialects based on listening to world news Persian TV programmes as well as grasp varieties of different regional accents

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. develop time management skills and o conduct independent study, as well as to work in groups in conversation and text-based work;
  • 6. demonstrate confidence in the use of a foreign language and will be able to use the language laboratory.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Teaching varies between lectures and commentary on the main textbook (Safar-Moghaddem), in-class readings, translation, dictation from and discussion of Persian texts; translation (Persian->English) exercises done collectively by the whole class; regular vocabulary reviews; the reading of poetic and prose texts aloud together; individual students give presentations of grammatical points or texts which they have studied or read at home. Handouts are provided regularly, including sheets that discuss difficult points of grammar, and literary texts (prose and poetry) to illustrate aspects of Persian language. It is expected that all students will learn the proper pronunciation of the vocabulary featured in the textbook by recourse to the teacher during class and to the textbook’s CDs privately over the course of the week. Intermediate Persian Grammar, Composition and Conversation (text and conversation, oral-based study) 
Midterm exam.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
441060

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 44Teaching hours (four hours of teaching per week)
Guided Independent Study106Private study at home. Students will be given short readings from Persian Literature texts to study and translate at home that are later discussed by the whole class. Homework is also regularly given, consisting of a variety of quizzes, dictation, readings and translations Spelling Practice 22 hours Reading 16. h Easy writing 16. h Copy writing 16. h Grammar exercise 11h Listening 22 h 3 h for other activities e.g memorizing poem & etc

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Home-assignments, essay writing, graded dictation assignments and mid-term quizRoughly 15-30 minutes of class time per class and 90-120 minutes of homework time1-6Verbal and/or written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
305020

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class test 11590 minutes1 and 2Written feedback
In-class test 21590 minutes1-5Written feedback
Oral Examination2015 minutes1-5Written and verbal
Written examination502 hours1 and 2Written feedback

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-class test 1Written examination 1 (40 minutes; 15%)1 and 2August/September assessment period
In-class test 2Written examination 2 (40 minutes; 15%)1-5August/September assessment period
Oral examinationOral examination (15 minutes) (20%)1-5August/September reassessment period
Written examinationWritten Examination (2 hours) (50%)1 and 2August/September assessment period

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Safar Moghaddam and Yadollah Samareh’s Persian Language Teaching: Elementary Course, Book II Narguess Farzad, Modern Persian (London: 2005) Anne Lambton, Persian Grammar (Cambridge University Press) L. Elwell-Sutton, Elementary Persian Grammar (Cambridge University Press)

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Intermediate Persian

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

Elementary Persian II (ARA1020) or equivalent proficiency

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

5

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2004

Last revision date

14/06/2018