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Language Acquisition Persian 2 (beginner's level)


Admission requirements


This course provides an introduction to the grammar of Persian. Students are introduced to the script, phonology, morphology and syntax of the Persian language and learn the accompanying terminology. The course is taught with reference to a number of Persian grammar books and accompanying exercises.
The exercises are prepared by the students in advance of each class and are the primary means through which the grammar is brought into practice during class. There are three two-hourly classes each week. The course requires active preparation and participation. Attendance of the classes is compulsory.

At the end of the course students have an overview of the basics of the grammatical system of Persian and are able to translate and analyze simple Persian texts.

Course objectives

  • Working knowledge of the grammar of Persian

  • Knowledge of the accompanying terminology and the transliteration system

  • Ability to translate simple texts from Persian into English, and simple sentences from English into Persian

  • Acquiring elementary vocabulary of Persian



Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Course Load

Total: 140 hours

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: (6 hrs per week) 36

  • Time for weekly preparation and reviewing: (8 hrs per week) 48

  • Time for exam preparation: 56

Assessment method

  • Midterm exam: 50%

  • Final exam: 50%



Reading list

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

  • Further reading will be announced or distributed via Blackboard


Registration via uSis


Mw. Dr. G.R. van den Berg


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).