Mode of Attendance: Part-time
The aim of the course is to provide a thorough introduction to contemporary Persian. You will cover basic grammatical constructions and acquire an essential working vocabulary allowing you to communicate within a limited range of situations in which you are likely to find yourself. The language is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so you can appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interacting with native speakers. As the course progresses, it aims to provide you with further confidence and vocabulary to discuss more complex topics, write and read more challenging texts in the language.
The course is taught in English and Persian with coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, grammar and translation. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.
This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.
Online Course Requirements
Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.
Entry requirement and Progression Route:
For the first stage of Persian Beginners (i.e. Persian Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level). The progression route from Persian Beginners 1 is to Persian Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3.
The purchase of a textbook may be required.
Rezavandi, M. (2017) Learning Persian: The Essential Persian Language Coursebook. Vol. 1. London: Bazaryab. ISBN: 9780995577121.
You will be informed as to whether the purchase of the textbook is necessary or not in your course confirmation email.
Please see our timetable for course schedule and information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/enrolment/
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