ULPE20050 - Pre-intermediate Persian

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: a basic knowledge of Persian and familiarity with Persian Script, or completion of ULPE10050.
  • Co-requisite: None
  • Taught during: Full year (September until May)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of the Persian language and who are already familiar with the script, but who lack a basic understanding of the grammar system. It is also designed to meet the need of students who have completed a Beginners' course in Persian.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:

  1. Read Persian texts containing high frequency lexis and basic structures;
  2. Understand basic conversations or understand the gist of more complex conversations dealing with familiar topics;
  3. Talk on familiar and simple topics with reasonable fluency;
  4. Ask for information, make suggestions and make requests fairly confidently;
  5. Write a short personal text or letter about familiar subjects.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will have developed their: active listening skills; skimming and scanning skills; presentation skills; ability to extract and process information textual information; intercultural competence.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour class per week. In order to develop their communicative skills, students will engage in pair work and group work activities, and will have the opportunity to listen to and read a range of adapted semi-authentic texts. Traditional exercises and written work will be used for grammar practice and consolidation. Language of teaching: English and the target language.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Assessment will normally take place during week 12.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 11 and 12.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities.
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Salvatore Campisi

Taught by

Mozhgan Samadi

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Consult with tutor.

Recommended texts

The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast, Book Two by Dominic Parviz Brookshaw  (Author), Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Author)




By showing that the students have an interest and capacity to learn other languages, the course should enhance their employability.