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Persian 3 Intermediate


Admission requirements

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.

Course objectives

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.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading B1
Writing B1
Listening B1
Speaking B1


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

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 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).

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.