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Elementary Persian 2

Module titleElementary Persian 2
Module codeARA1020
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Mr Ali Mossadegh (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

Persian is a modern Indo-European language spoken today by over 100 million people—chiefly in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. This is an elementary-level module that takes place in Term II continues your introduction the fundamentals of the Persian] language, enabling you to communicate orally and engage with text on a basic level. It provides you with the means and opportunity for you to take your  reading, writing, oral and aural skills in Persian to level A2 (waystage/elementary) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Through language, it will further introduce you to aspects of Persian cultures. You will use a textbook as well as a variety of materials chosen by the module convenor.  If you have prior knowledge of Persian acquired outside of your degree programme or have not completed the prerequisite modules, your level will be assessed by the module convenor in order to establish whether this module is suitable for you—admission in such cases is not guaranteed.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to enhance your basic reading, writing and communication skills in Persian. It aims to develop all language-related skills, including reading, listening, speaking and writing—plus cultural knowledge—by means of written texts and audio-visual clips. By the end of the module, you are expected to be ready to embark on intermediate-level study of the language

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Extract a broad sense and some specified detail of written texts at CEFRL level A2.
  • 2. Extract a sense and some specified detail of aural communications at CEFRL level A2.
  • 3. Write short and simple texts on selected topics at CEFRL level A2.
  • 4. Verbally elicit, understand and communicate basic factual information and simple selected topics relevant to everyday situations in Persian, displaying reasonable levels of accuracy, at CEFRL level A2.
  • 5. Achieve straightforward translations out of Persian.
  • 6. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of Persian and utilise it to understand and produce texts in it.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 7. Learn how to consolidate your own learning by using available learning aids, in a variety of media, and organise this process with guidance from course tutors.
  • 8. Understand the principles of intensively learning a new language and organise learning time with guidance from course tutors.
  • 9. Use a reference grammar book and a bilingual dictionary to check the structural and lexical accuracy of your writing and expression in Persian.

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 10. Working in groups at solving basic linguistic tasks.
  • 11. Deploy time management strategies through developing skills of self-study.
  • 12. Exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.
  • 13. Deploy strategies for coping with unpractised linguistic, social and cultural situations.
  • 14. Show further basic appreciation of the cultures of people who speak Persian.

Syllabus plan

  • Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, the syllabus will cover the following topics: 

    • Persian grammar and syntax, 
    • Conversational scenarios in Persian, 
    • Reading and comprehension of Persian texts, 
    Persian writing and composition skills.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 44Teaching varies between lectures and commentary on the main textbook Safar Moghaddam and Yadollah Samarehs Persian Language Teaching: Elementary Course, Book I, and II, in-class readings, translation 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. Study materials are provided regularly, including sheets that discuss difficult points of grammar, and literary texts (prose and poetry) to illustrate aspects of Persian language
Guided Independent study62Independent Study Time
Guided Independent study1 hour per week, total of 22 hoursIn addition to the weekly grammar, reading and pronunciation assignments, students will be given short readings from Persian Literature texts to study and translate at home that are later discussed by the whole class
Guided Independent study1 hour per week, total of 22 hoursTranslation exercises and reading aloud practices (audio files sent to students by email) are regularly given as homework, which is later discussed and analysed by the whole class

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly practical and written assignments Weekly practical and written assignments 1-14verbal and/or written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continuous assessment.30• One written test including reading, writing, grammar and translation (90 minutes) • One listening test (30 minutes) • One oral test (10 minutes per student)1-14 verbal and/or written feedback
Written Examination 502 hours 1,3,5,6,11,13 verbal and/or written feedback
Oral Exam 1010 minutes 2,4,10,11 verbal feedback
Listening Exam 1030 minutes 2,6,11 verbal and/or written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Continuous assessment.• One written test including reading, writing, grammar and translation (90 minutes) • One listening test (30 minutes) • One oral test (10 minutes per student)1-14August/September reassessment period
Written Examination Oral test (10 minutes) 2,4,10,11August/September reassessment period
Oral Exam Listening test (30 minutes) 2,6,11August/September reassessment period
Listening Exam Oral Assignment: (2 minutes Video Recording) Listening Assignment (up to 30 minutes) Written assignment under exam conditions (200 words in Persian; 2 hours) 3,6,11,12,13 August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

This module follows reassessment standards set out in the University of Exeter’s Teaching & Quality Assurance Manual.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Safar Moghaddam and Yadollah Samareh’s Persian Language Teaching: Elementary Course, Books I & II

Wheeler Thackston, An Introduction to Persian (Ibex Publications)

Anne Lambton, Persian Grammar (Cambridge University Press)

L. Elwell-Sutton, Elementary Persian Grammar (Cambridge University Press)

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Key words search

Elementary Persian Language Teaching 

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Elementary Persian 1 (ARA1013) or equivalent proficiency

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