Fall 2017 - PERS 118 D100

Introduction to Persian I (3)

Class Number: 5555

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 2531, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby



An introduction to the Persian alphabet, phonology, morphology, and basic syntax, in relation to reading, writing and translating basic sentences. Students with any prior knowledge or experience in Persian beyond the level of this course may not register in this course. Students who have taken LANG 118-3 with this topic may not take this course for further credit. Equivalent Courses: LANG118


COURSE DESCRIPTION Persian 118-3 is a practical introductory course that introduces you to beginning and elementary level of Persian language (reading, writing, speaking, listening and cultural learning). The course also supports the learning phenomenon with concepts used in understanding and creating effective sentences at the level introduced.  

PERS 118 is a beginner’s course for students with no previous knowledge of Persian. Native speakers and students from Persian-speaking homes as well as students who have taken any Persian classes may not take the course for credit and should consult the instructor regarding proper placement. The Department reserves the right to withdraw or transfer a student to a higher level course should the language proficiency of the student prove greater than initially supposed.


COURSE GOALS By the end of this course, you will be able to identify elementary forms of Farsi (alphabet, words, grammar, and expressions) as well as interaction through the four skills of language at elementary level. Active students may attain language proficiency at pre-intermediate level, too. On the other hand, you will be able to employ these forms in both speaking and writing and identify how they aid communication (at elementary level) when used appropriately.


  • Participation, Assignment, & Quiz 5%
  • Project 15%
  • Mid-term #1 20%
  • Mid-term #2 20%
  • Final Exam 40%


Each test is cumulative. For example, you will not do well on midterm #2 if you don’t have a good understanding of the material covered on midterm #1.
The dates of the midterms and the final exams will be announced in the first week of classes.
The final cannot be written on a different day or at a different time.

The first part of each class is set aside for your questions and for review of earlier material. You’ll benefit most from the classes if you’ve read the relevant material in advance of the lectures. Bring your text and your workbook to each class. There are probably questions on how to apply CALL techniques for better learning. If so, appointments can be arranged to help the students.

The detail of teaching methodology is not presented in this course outline. It will be described on the first day as all students will hold the materials required. On the same day it will be described how CALL and technology will assist the whole class.  

** Tutorials start in week one and all students are required to attend the first tutorial.  

Most weeks you will be given a mandatory assignment to complete before the next class. Sometimes these are from the textbook, sometimes from the workbook. I will collect these and failure to do them almost always means poor results on midterms and on the final.  



Pouneh Shabani Jadidi and Dominic Parviz Brookshaw. The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast United States: Routledge, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-203-86546-0

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