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Grammatica Perzisch 3


Admission requirements

Language Acquisition Persian 1 and 2.


This course is a continuation of Language Acquisition Persian 1 and 2 with an emphasis on the grammar of Persian. In this course we will further discuss the form and the theory of Persian. The vocabulary will be expanded through exercises and translation exercises.

Course objectives

Acquiring a thorough understanding of the principles of Persian grammar and building a comprehensive vocabulary. On this basis, at the end of this course, students will be able to read, analyse and translate texts in standard written Persian using a dictionary. The spoken and written Persian is further discussed in the courses Conversation Persian 1 and Text Persian 1 which are also delivered in the second semester.



Mode of instruction


Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Classes: 13 × 2 hours: 26

  • Preparation of lessons and repeat treated matter: 12 × 6 hours: 72 hours

  • Preparation partial examination: 20 hours

Assessment method

There are two assessments: after the first block of the second semester, a mid-term exam (w) is taken that counts for 40% towards the final grade, and at the end of the second block of the second semester a final exam (w) follows that counts 60% towards the final grade. The examinations are written and consist of a theoretical part and a practical part. In the theoretical part, questions are asked about grammatical concepts and phenomena; the practical part deals with questions related to the grammatical analysis of the discussed topics in tutorials. The practical part of the exam also consists of unseen translation texts from and to Persian. The mid-term examination and the final examination can be retaken as one examination after the second block of the second semester.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Communication

  • Assignments

  • (Information on) extra literature

Reading list

  • Ahmad Saffar Moghadam, Persian Language; Vol 3: Iran Today, Tehran: Shora-ye Gostaresh-e Zaban Adabiyyat-e Farsi, 2012.

  • Saeed Yousef and Hayedeh Torabi, Basic Persian. A Grammar and Workbook. Routledge, London & New York, 2013

  • Anousha Sedighi, Persian in Use: An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture, Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2015

Extra material:

  • Gernot L. Windfuhr, Persian Grammar: History and State of its Study, Gruyter, 2011.

  • Further reading will be announced or distributed via Blackboard


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in [English]) and Dutch

To avoid mistakes and problems, it is recommended to register in uSis using the study activity number. This number can be found in the timetable under the column "Act. No. ".

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs
This course is not available as an à la carte course.


Dr. S. Rafiee Rad