SOAS University of London

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

Persian Language 4 (PG)

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This module is expected to run every other year
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Full Year

This is an advanced Persian language module which provides the students with the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in language use. By the end of this module students will be able to use the Persian language and work with complex authentic texts written for native speakers. The module will expose students to Persian language use in a variety of registers, dialects and contexts.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Read and understand texts selected from a variety of digital and print media, contemporary literary texts, understand radio and television programmes about current affairs in Iran and the Persian speaking parts of central Asia. (Reading)
  • Write essays, answer questions related to the texts and translate complex texts. (Writing)
  • Engage in conversations and group discussions in Persian on a variety of subjects with confidence and accuracy and convey ideas persuasively and clearly. Learn basic skills of simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. (Oral skills)
  • Follow and understand audio recordings from electronic media and films in Persian. (Aural skills)


2-hour lecture and 2-hour language class per week.

Scope and syllabus

The reading and listening material will be provided through a study pack.
Pooneh Shabani-Jadidi’s “What the Persian Media Says” is one of the few advanced level Persian text books available.

Method of assessment

  • Class Test, 2 hours (20%)
  • Written exam paper, 3 hours (60%)
  • Oral exam, 30 minutes (20%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page

Suggested reading

Core reading

Saffar Moghaddam, Ahmad: Persian Language (Vols. 1-4 + work books). Tehran 2008.

Shabani, Jadidi, Pooneh: What the Persian Media Says. 2014 (Routledge). ISBN 9781138825567

Persian Language Teaching Books (AZFA) Series 1-5, Tehran 1990.

Additional reading

Spooner, Brian / Hannaway, William: Literacy in the Persianat World. Writing and the Social Order. Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania Press) ISBN 9781934536452.


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