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Persian 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Persian 1 Beginners.


Persian 2 Pre-Intermediate is an intensive course for students, who have passed Persian 1 Beginners. This course provides the students with intermediate Persian language skills. The course covers pre-intermediate syntactic rules, vocabulary and covers all language skills including translation. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the Persian language and culture in order to interact with native speakers of the language at pre-intermediate level. The course requires a substantial amount of self-study and active participation in class.

Course objectives

This course aims at A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

  • Speaking: Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. They will be able to participate in very short social exchanges.

  • Listening: Learners will be able to understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography and employment) and will be able to understand the main point in short, clear, simple messages.

  • Reading: Learners will be able to read and understand very short, simple texts. They will be able to find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses and timetables as well as understand short simple personal letters.

  • Writing: Learners will be able to write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate need. They will be able to write a very simple text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest using a range of grammar and vocabulary.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading A2
Writing A2
Listening A2
Speaking A2


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Three 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 Tutorial-lecturer in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence.

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

Partial grade Weighing
Mid-term Exam
-- Written examination with essay questions and short open questions 20%
Final Exams
-- Written examination with essay questions and short open questions 40%
-- Listening exam 20%
-- Speaking exam 20%

End Grade

  • 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 60% of the exam material (Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.

The BA International Studies program does not allow students to resit passed (constituent) examination(s) within the language courses. Language acquisition is, primarily, accomplished through in-class acquisition activities and practical assignments which contribute to the (final) examination. The diverse structure of the language courses and characteristics of language acquisition therefore withhold the possibility to resit a passed examination.

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.

Reading list

The reading list is available on Brightspace.


  • Enrolment for the workgroup through My Studymap is mandatory.

  • No enrolment needed for the language exams.



This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.