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ARAB1003 Persian for Beginners

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Mustapha Lalhlali
Email: e.m.lahlali@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

ARAB1004Persian for Beginners

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

- Have you ever considered learning a new language? - If so, why don't you try our new module ARAB1003: Persian for Beginners? Persian is easy to learn at the undergraduate level. It is one of the major languages of the contemporary Middle East. It is spoken throughout Iran and over large areas of Afghanistan; and one of its branches, Tajik, is widely current in Central Asia. Persian studies is typically paired with sub-fields such as Arabic, Islamic Religion and Culture, International Politics of the Middle East, Indo-Islamic culture and civilization, Sufism, linguistics, theology, philosophy, Near Eastern history, Turkish and the history of art. This module assumes no prior knowledge of Persian. It offers students an opportunity to develop their skills in four areas of language acquisition: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. A good knowledge of Arabic is helpful for reading Persian. The module is designed as an Discovery module for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.For further information please consult our website: www.leeds.ac.uk/arabic.

Objectives

This module is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Persian language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to equip students with the Persian alphabet, morphology and syntax, and basic sentence constructions in Persian, the basics of Persian grammar and acquire limited vocabulary to be able, with the aid of a dictionary, to read basic modern texts and conduct basic everyday conversation.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to understand the Persian alphabet and basic sentences constrictions in Persian, the basics of Persian grammar and acquire limited vocabulary to be able, with the aid of a dictionary, to read basic modern texts and conduct basic everyday conversation. The students will be using some oral Persian skills. Topics covered at this level include communication in everyday situations. All in all, students will be able to read, speak and write Persian confidently.

Skills outcomes
On the completion of this module students will be able to understand Persian alphabet and basic sentences constrictions in Persian, the basics of Persian grammar and acquire limited vocabulary to be able, with the aid of a dictionary, to read very basic modern texts and conduct basic everyday conversation.


Syllabus

A wide range of subjects will be presented in class, including audio-visual resources and written materials. This course encourages simple conversation, as well as interactive communications in class through the use of a variety of materials. The students will be using some of oral Persian skills.

Topics covered at this level include communication in everyday situation. This module will introduce basic grammar fields and more syntactic constructions, as well as continuing to expand students' vocabulary in a variety of lexical fields. Students will also be introduced to lower intermediate materials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture212.0042.00
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

preparatory reading for lectures/languages classes, completion of coursework and exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' progress will be monitored through language coursework and written examination in May/June.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation10 mins, set during semester 210.00
Written WorkLanguage Coursework set fortnightly40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:44

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