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Advanced Persian Language I

Module titleAdvanced Persian Language I
Module codeARA3144
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Mr Ali Mossadegh (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


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 advanced-level module that extends your knowledge of the Persian language, honing your ability to communicate orally and textually on a full complement of subjects and registers.

It provides you with the means and opportunity for you to take your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills in Persian to level B2 or C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Through language, the module will deepen your exposure to Persian cultural expression.


Students on this module will be using a textbook as well as a variety of materials chosen by course tutors. Through both written texts and audio-visual material, you will be able to work on all language-related skills, including reading, listening, speaking, writing and cultural knowledge.

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 develop your Persian to advanced level. It will develop your ability to use complex grammatical structures of Persian through a wide range of written materials, e.g. media and cultural, and to hone your writing, speaking and listening skills. The module also aims to develop high-demand skills such as translation. Building on your existing knowledge, you will develop your ability to use complex Persian in your writing, speaking and listening. The module will enhance your ability to tackle complex syntactical structures through a wide range of written materials such as media, literature and religious texts. You will become familiar with a range of text registers in writing and translation. You will also learn how to present a topic for discussion and to engage in class debates.  

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Extract a sense and specific details of authentic written texts from various genres at CEFRL level B2 or C1.
  • 2. Extract a sense and specific details of authentic aural texts from these genres at CEFRL level B2.2
  • 3. Present a detailed argument written in Persian in answer to essay questions on a range of topics.
  • 4. Verbally communicate competence in Persian at CEFRL level B2 or C1.
  • 5. Engage in an oral discussion of a range of topics in Persian, articulating your own opinions and responding to the opinions of others.
  • 6. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources from various genres (literary as well as journalistic) into and out of Persian.
  • 7. Apply your detailed knowledge of a range of grammatical features of Persian to a variety of linguistic tasks.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 8. Learn how to consolidate your own learning by using available learning aids, in a variety of media, and organise this process independently and with guidance from course tutors.
  • 9. Recognise and understand core linguistic terminology individually and as part of a group.
  • 10. Use a bilingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms.
  • 11. Engage, independently and under guidance, with Persian media printed and online.

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 12. Working in groups at solving linguistic tasks at approximately B2 or C1 level of the CEFRL.
  • 13. Use time management strategies through developing skills of self-study.
  • 14. Deploy cognitive and analytical skills.
  • 15. Utilise subject knowledge to solve problems and develop practical skills.
  • 16. Show a nuanced appreciation of the literatures and cultures of the people who speak (and spoke) Persian.

Syllabus plan

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

  • Reading: You will be introduced to different types of authentic texts; including literary, practical and journalistic.
  • Writing: You will be introduced to different styles of writing. You will learn how to present a topic, a discussion and a conclusion. 
  • Translation: You will translate advanced texts from Persian into English and vice versa.
  • Listening and Speaking: Here you will enhance your listening and speaking capabilities by listening to and discussing topical issues.
  • Literature: You will be exposed to different types of classical and modern Persian writings to deepen your knowledge of Persian culture.  

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 Activity4422 x 2 hour lectures and seminars on Persian grammar, reading comprehension and translation. Interactive group work on written texts, consolidating the linguistic skills of reading, writing, and translating.
Guided Independent Study106Independent study including reviewing new grammar rules learned in class; learning vocabulary; practising grammar and vocabulary through drill exercises; preparatory reading and vocabulary acquisition; reading for comprehension and language development; listening to and watching DVDs; writing short compositions; web-based activities; revising for examinations.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly practical and written assignments Weekly practical and written assignments 1-15Verbal 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 30One written test including reading, writing, grammar and translation (90 minutes) One listening test (30 minutes) One oral test (15 minutes per student) 1-15 Verbal and/or written feedback
Written examination 502 hours1,3,5,6,11,13Verbal and/or written feedback
Oral Exam1015 minutes2,4,10,11Verbal feedback
Listening Exam1030 minutes2,6,11Verbal 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
Written Examination 2 hours1,3,5,6,11,13January examination period
Oral examination 15 minutes2,4,10,11January examination period
Listening Examination 30 minutes2,6,11January examination period
Continuous Assessment Oral assignment (4 minutes video recording) Listening assignment ( up to 30 minutes) Written assignment under exam conditions (350 words in Persian, 2 hrs) 1-15January examination period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Zarghamian, Persian Language Training Course, Preliminary Advanced Level, vols. 1- 2.

Yadollah Samareh, Amuzesh-e zaban-e farsi (advanced).

Photocopied materials (selection from fiction by Iranian writers) and Persian Fiction Reader Workbook by Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami and Michael Hillmann. Ahmad Saffar Moqaddam, Persian Language: Book Three: Iran Today [Advanced Texts]

Key words search

Advanced Persian

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

ARA2151 Intermediate Persian II or equivalent competence

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