This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Persian 1 Beginners and Persian 2 Pre-Intermediate.
Persian 3 Intermediate is an intensive course for students who have passed Persian 1 Beginners and Persian 2 Pre-intermediate. This course provides the students with upper-intermediate Persian language skills. By the end of the course, students will have learned to participate in conversations in both daily and professional settings. The course covers more advanced syntactic rules, vocabulary and covers all language skills including translation. By the end of the semester, students will have a better understanding of the Persian language and culture in order to interact with native speakers of the language. The course requires a substantial amount of self-study and active participation in class.
This course aims at level A2 / B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Speaking: Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to converse about common matters. They will be able to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Listening: Learners will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Learners can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
Reading: Learners will be able to read and understand texts on familiar matters containing range of grammar and vocabulary.
Writing:Learners will be able to produce clear and connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Two two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence.
Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 140 hours, broken down by:
|Attending classes||48 hours|
|Assessment hours (exams)||6 hours|
|Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities||86 hours|
Assessment and Weighing
|-- Written examination||20%|
|-- Written exam||40%|
|-- Listening exam||20%|
|-- Speaking exam||20%|
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.
The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.
If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material (exams, quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.
Exam review and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
- Ahmad Saffar Moghadam, Persian Language; Vol 3: Iran Today, Tehran: Shora-ye Gostaresh-e Zaban va Adabiyyat-e Farsi, 2012.
Further reading will be announced and distributed in class.
Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.
Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.