Subject details

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Read all characters of the Persian alphabet and simple cursive writing equivalent to usual printing or typescript containing high frequency structural patterns and vocabulary;
  • Speak with understandable pronunciation and maintain simple, predictable face-to-face conversations, and responding to simple questions on familiar topics;
  • Write independently with sufficient control of the Persian script and basic vocabulary  with some grammatical and syntactical error (including in the present and past tense) in handwriting and/or typing; and
  • Comprehend short conversations and questions beyond basic survival needs and limited social demands in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics in both the present and past 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.
    • Basic linguistic points, alphabet and script, consonants and vowels
    • Making words, syllabus, gender, simple present “to be”
    • Noun, plural, subjective pronouns, negation, interrogation
    • Simple present tense “to have” and its negative form, verb endings, word order
    • Sentence stress, intonation
    • Numbers (1-9), the conjunction unit "and", the conjunction unit "to", genitive 'ezafeh'
    • Present stem, simple infinitive and compound infinitive
    • Present indicative, joined forms “to be” and its negative form definite, indefinite, indefinite marker (ی ), object marker (را), Tanv
    • Past stem, simple past tense, possessive marker
    • Numbers (11-19), subjective pronoun, possessive pronoun
    • Hamze, imperative verb, plural form of nouns
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Online assignment submission
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links


This is a subject for beginners. If you have prior experience in learning this language, this course may not be appropriate for you. You may be required to take a placement test.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - To successfully engage in this course 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

Requiring no previous knowledge of the language, Introductory Persian A instructs students in the fundamentals of the Persian Language which is the mother tongue of more than 150 million people in the Middle East and is spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Students will quickly master the Persian script and on completion of the course be able to speak, listen, read, write, and comprehend Modern Standard Persian at a basic level across various everyday communicative subjects in both semi-formal and formal social and literary contexts. Students will acquire a basic vocabulary of the 300-400 most commonly used words as well as understand and reproduce the most important grammatical structures in Persian. Historically, Persian was widely understood from the Mediterranean to India, and Introductory Persian A students will acquire a familiarity with the rich Persian historical, literary, and cultural legacy across the great Middle East and Central Asia with a particular focus on Iran.

  • Completion of exercise, online lessons and virtual classroom exercises (10%%)
  • Six online quizzes, 5% each (30%%)
  • Four written compositions, 5% each (20%%)
  • Five-to-ten minute online oral tutorial presentation (20%%)
  • Two hour final test (20%%)

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