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Language Acquisition Persian 1


Please note: The course information for next academic year has not yet been updated. Below you will find the course information from last academic year. As soon as we have an update we will immediately change this information.

Admission requirements

Attendance of the Persian writing course in the week before the start of the semester.


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

  • Seminar
    Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

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

  • Exam: 100%

  • Resit: 100%



Reading list

  • 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

  • Further reading will be announced or distributed via Blackboard


Students of the MA program Middle Eastern Studies are required to send an email to the study co-ordinator including their name, student ID number and course title.

Other students are also requested to send an email to the study co-ordinator including their name, student ID number and course title.
Depending on the availability of places, the study co-ordinator will register these students after August15. By September 1 at the latest the student will be able to see in uSis whether (s)he is registered or not.

Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Dr. S. Shahnahpur Dhr. K. Parsi


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).