SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Persian 3

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year


Successful completion of 155900801- Persian 2 is normally a prerequisite, but the module is also open to those who can provide satisfactory evidence of equivalent knowledge in Persian.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

By the end of this module students will be able to use the Persian language with greater accuracy and subtlety, and to handle more complex and specialised texts. They will also be able to adjust their language to varying degrees of formality and to comprehend colloquial Farsi spoken at near native speed.


This module will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

Reading: Reading material is selected from a variety of sources including newspapers and magazines, twentieth-century literature and other work in which more abstract and complex subjects are discussed, and materials dealing with technical and specialist vocabulary such as political commentary, economical forecasts and extracts from cultural periodicals. 

Writing: The practice of this skill includes a variety of tasks such as translations of complex texts, composition and gathering of information from a wide range of material. Students at this level should be able to produce work that is grammatically accurate and to develop arguments on different issues using a range of vocabulary and idiomatic language. 

Oral: This aspect of the module concentrates on more advanced communicative and descriptive skills. Students at this level should be able to participate in group discussions and convey their ideas persuasively and clearly. As part of the oral work students role-play as informal interpreters in a range of simple and plausible situations. 

Aural: Listening material in the form of recordings from Iranian radio stations and audio and video tapes of story reading, films, etc. is available for students upon request.

Method of assessment

  • An oral examination (30%)
  • One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%)
  • A language learning portfolio consisting of a set of marked homework, short in-class tests, translation projects (20%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page

Suggested reading

Teaching material:
  • Persian Language Teaching Books (AZFA) Series 1-5, Tehran 1990 
  • Political diaries e.g. Asadollah Alam: The Confidential Diary of Iran's Royal Court 1969-1977. London and New York 1991
  • Modern geographical and historical accounts of Iran Selections from current newspaper reports and editorials Extracts from novels and short fictional pieces


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