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Persian Beginners 1 Online - 2 week intensive course August 2024

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5 August - 16 August 2024
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

This 2 week course is aimed at complete beginners and aims to provide an 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. This course is delivered by the Language Centre.

Persian Beginners 1 Online Intensive (43577) August 2024 timetable:

Monday5 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday6 August7pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday7 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday8 August7pm - 8:30pm
Friday9 August7pm - 8:30pm
Monday12 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday13 August7pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday14 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday15 August7pm - 8:30pm
Friday16 August7pm - 8:30pm


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. 

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. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.


All materials will be provided by the teacher.


  • £299

Please see our course fees for full information and discounts available.


Persian Beginners 1:

  • use the Persian alphabet
  • greet and introduce yourself and others
  • use numbers 0-100
  • ask and give personal information
  • say where you live
  • say where you come from
  • talk about your nationality
  • talk about jobs
  • talk about your family
  • use expressions of time (hours, days and months)
  • talk about hobbies and leisure time
  • describe your likes and dislikes
  • order food and drinks in a Persian restaurant
  • talk about future activities

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules

Terms and conditions

Before applying, please be sure that you have read the SOAS Language Centre terms and conditions

How to apply

This Persian Beginners 1 course is aimed at complete beginners, no previous knowledge is required. 

Please note that places are first come first served. Enrolments are taken until the course is fully booked, or up to midnight 23 July, whichever is soonest.

Continuing your study

This intensive Persian Beginners 1 course is equivalent to the 10 week Persian Beginners 1 course. Students who complete this course may be able to join a Beginners 2 for our next term starting October 2024, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.

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