Intermediate Persian B
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate sufficient reading comprehension to understand factual material in nontechnical prose as well as most discussion on concrete and abstract topics using relevant knowledge of linguistic and cultural context, including with unfamiliar material;
- Speak with understandable pronunciation and initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations to satisfy both regular and uncommon social demands with fundamentally correct grammar, accurate and suitable use of verbs and tenses, and suitable vocabulary, including both in formal, standard, and colloquial Persian;
- Write correspondence and compositions on academic topics as well as about daily situations, current events and describe surroundings and causation with good control of morphology, punctuation and grammatical conventions at an upper-intermediate level; and
- Comprehend and engage in medium-length conversations and trade questions about personal, social, cultural, and historical issues with flexibility in understanding a range of circumstances beyond basic survival needs in all tenses.
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study 10 hours per week, as follows:
- preparation for the weekly class, studying the written and audio materials for the week;
- online lesson/tutorial per week;
- memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s class content; and
- individual study practising the week’s lesson, including written and spoken language forms, and vocabulary, and reviewing feedback on their work.
Please note that timezone differences may apply for those based internationally.
- The History of Iran before the Advent of Islam
- Iran’s History from the Mongol Invasion to the Contemporary Period
- The Culture and Civilisation of Iran
- The Spread of Islam in Iran
- Iranian Polymaths in Islamic Civilisation
- Persian Language (1)
- Persian Language (2)
- Pre-Islamic Persian Literature
- Persian Literature from Islam to the Mongols
- Persian Literature from the Mongols to the Modern Period
- Contemporary Persian Literature
- Art and Architecture in Ancient and Contemporary Iran
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
If you have prior experience in learning this language, you may be required to take a placement test.
- Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: • Laptop or computer • Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) • Headset with microphone • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser • Reliable internet access • Access to a scanner or smartphone
- Other requirements -
This is a fast-paced course at an academic level.
Please note students need to be available for the face-to-face video conference at a set time prescribed by the University, during the 12-week teaching period.
This subject extends on the skills developed in Intermediate Persian A, itself a foundation on Introductory Persian A and B. It involves a more detailed presentation of functions of the language, oral and aural practice, and reading of texts and the writing of compositions that incorporate features of the language already presented through some important cultural issues. On completion of this subject students will have acquired upper-intermediate proficiency in Persian conversational forms, a versatile proficiency in understanding written structures and an ability to formulate such structures, an understanding of some of the commonly used grammatical structures of Persian and the ability to apply them in speech and writing, the ability to interpret messages of an average complexity occurring in audio- visual media and in individual and group spoken forms, and familiarity with some of the dominant cultural ideas and forms of Persian culture and history.
- Completion of exercise, online lessons and virtual classroom exercises (10%)
- Two online quizzes, 10% each (20%)
- Two written compositions, 12.5% each (25%)
- Two x Six-to-ten minute online oral tutorial presentation, 12.5% each (25%)
- Three hour final test (20%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 29 Oct 21
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