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Language Acquisition Persian 1


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-hour 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 analyse 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


Timetable BA Midden-Oostenstudies Timetable MA Middle Eastern Studies

Mode of instruction

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

5 EC x 28 hrs = 140 hrs
Intensive course 16
Seminars (6 x 6) 36
Time for weekly preparation and reviewing (6 x 8) 48
Exam and exam preparation 40

Assessment and weighing

Assessment Weighing
Exam 100%


Resit (100%)

Exam review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

Information on acquiring the book will be provided during the first session of the course!

  • Ahmad Saffar Moghadam, Persian Language; Vol 1: Iran Today, Tehran: Shora-ye Gostaresh-e Zaban va Adabiyyat-e Farsi, 2012

  • 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. Rafiee Rad


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 accommodations 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). It is also unacceptable for students to reuse portions of texts they had previously authored and have already received academic credit for on this or other courses. In such cases, students are welcome to self-cite so as to minimise overlap between prior and new work.

Students must submit their assignment(s) to the blackboard through turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.