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Persian 2 Pre-Intermediate

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

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

Description

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

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Tutorials

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 tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first five (5) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:

Component Estimated time
Attending classes 72 hours
Assessment hours (exams) 6 hours
Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities 202 hours

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

Partial grade Weighing
Mid-term Exam
-- Written examination 20%
Final Exams
-- Written exam 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.

Resit

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.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for this course. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Ahmad Saffar Moghadam, Persian Language; Vol 2: Iran Today, Tehran: Shora-ye Gostaresh-e Zaban va Adabiyyat-e Farsi, 2012.

  • Further reading will be announced (on Blackboard) or distributed.

Registration

  • 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.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

Dr. S. Rafiee Rad

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.

Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies

Remarks

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