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Persian Beginners 1 Intensive

An intensive course in Persian for complete beginners

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Fees are £299, payable in advance

Persian Beginners 1 Intensive is a 1-week course of 20 hours aimed at those looking for a rapid introduction to contemporary spoken Persian for the purposes of being able to understand and speak basic, everyday Persian.

Duration: 1 week, 20 hours, Monday 2nd July - Friday 6th July 2018

Mode of Attendance: five days, Monday to Friday, 10:00-15:00 (including a 1-hour lunch break)


The Persian course is designed to give participants with no previous knowledge of the language the basic ability to make themselves understood in a number of everyday situations and learn the following basic grammatical features:

  • Forming Plurals
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Basic Tenses
  • Commonly Used Verbs Forms
  • Negative Sentences
  • Interrogative Sentences

The first few lessons will cover the Persian alphabet, writing and pronunciation.

Topics dealt with will be of practical everyday use such as routine actions at home and work, shopping for food or clothes, ordering food and drink in a restaurant, etc.


The course is taught in Persian and English. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow for close intensive interactive practice.


Rezavandi, M. (2017) Learning Persian - the Essential Persian Language Coursebook

ISBN: 978-0-9955771-1-4. This may be purchased at SOAS.


All courses will take place on the Bloomsbury campus of SOAS. Click here for a map of the Bloomsbury campus.

Room locations will be notified once the Registration Period for the course has closed.


There are discounts available for SOAS staff and students and also for staff and students of a number of University of London colleges. Please check here to see the list of colleges of which membership would qualify an applicant for a discount.

Terms and Conditions

Before applying, please be sure that you have read the SOAS Language Centre Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply

Since beginner courses presuppose no knowledge of the language, there are no assessments offered for this course. To apply, simply click on the relevant product in the Online Store (If a discount applies, please contact the relevant Administrator).

Important Note

Please note that, if you wish to progress smoothly to the next level of study, you should expect to devote enough time out of class to self-study and revision. Although the summer courses are designed to ensure that you make progress regardless of how much self-study you do, we strongly recommend that you put sufficient private study time aside to support the in-class tuition you receive. Please be aware that the pace of the summer courses is fast-moving. You are strongly advised not to over-commit yourself for the duration of a course that contains the word ‘intensive’ in its description. For those who wish to study at a more leisurely pace (one contact session of 2 hours a week), our term-time courses are ideally suited.

Continuing Your Study

This intensive course is designed to give you confidence in your ability to pronounce Persian and to make yourself understood in some basic situational contexts, giving you an incentive to continue your study of Persian. Students who complete the summer Intensive Persian Beginners 1 class may progress to one of our Persian Beginner 2 classes in the Autumn term or Winter Term of the academic year 2018-2019.


You can book this course in our Online Store.