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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3144: Advanced Persian Language I

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Teaching varies between lectures and commentary on the main textbook (Safar-Moghaddem), in-class readings, translation, dictation from and discussion of Persian texts. There will also be translation (Persian->English) exercises done collectively by the whole class; regular vocabulary reviews; the reading of poetic and prose texts aloud together. Individual students give presentations of grammatical points or texts which they have studied or read at home. In terms of reading, you will study different types of texts, historical, literary, current affairs, etc. In terms of writing, you will learn how to matter different styles of expression, how to present a topic, a discussion and a conclusion. In terms of translation, we will read poetic and prose texts aloud together in class, and work together on your translation, and similar assignments you will be assigned as homework. In terms of listening and conversation skills, this will include media Persian (TV broadcasts, news, interview, documentaries etc.), discussing various topics in colloquial Persian, while your listening comprehension skills will be refined by listening to (and discussing in class) various genres of classical Persian music and song.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity4422 x 2 hour Lectures and seminars on Persian grammar, reading comprehension and translation. Interactive class work on written texts, consolidating the linguistic skills of reading, writing, and translating.
Guided Independent Study106Weekly homework assignments in writing, translation, grammar, oral presentations, etc. Each homework assignment consists of around 4.5 hours work and each class assignment tests different language skills

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).