Language Centre

Persian Intermediate Course

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1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

This course at SOAS Language Centre in London is for learners who have completed the Pre-Intermediate level in Persian and who wish to communicate in a wider range of situations.

The course is suitable for those who wish to further develop communicative skills in a wider range of contexts with the accent on practical spoken Persian. 


The course is taught in English and Persian and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Persian grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Persian in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on 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.


Course materials are provided by your tutor.

Entry requirements

For applicants who are not currently students of Persian through the Language Centre, entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants must email the admin team at to arrange for an assessment at least two weeks before the start of the course.

Please note, that each term, courses are subject to quorum requirements.

  • For course dates and information, please see our timetables


Persian Intermediate 2

  • To be able to talk about the story of Zal and Rudabeh 
  • To be able to compare two characters from the Shahnameh and Mahabharat (Rustam and Arjuna) 
  • To be able to talk about nativism in Iranian contemporary fiction 
  • To be able to talk about the history of Iranian cinema 
  • To be able to talk about War cinema in Iran 
  • To be able to talk about modern Iranian architecture 
  • To be able to talk about Forugh Farrokhzad (the Iranian poet) 
  • To be able to talk about Persian songs 

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.

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See the full list of Language Centre short courses in Persian on the Persian language homepage

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