Fall 2021 - PERS 100 D100

Introductory Persian I (3)

Class Number: 7177

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 10075, Burnaby

    Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM



An introduction to the Persian alphabet, phonology, morphology, and basic syntax in relation to the reading, writing and translating of basic sentences. Students with any prior knowledge or experience in Persian beyond the level of this course may not enroll in PERS 100. Students who have taken LANG 118 with this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for PERS 118 may not take this course for further credit.


PERS 100 will include the study of Persian language, its grammar and vocabulary, and it will provide students with oral and
written skills. This course will also provide students with a history of Persian literature, texts and expose them to the
(modern) language, and some major aspects of the Middle Eastern and Central Asian cultures.

PERS 100 is an introductory course designed for both students with no background in Persian language and the Heritage
Persian Speakers who have had no formal training in the language and its grammar. Students who have enrolled but are
discovered to have a control of the Persian language beyond the content of this course will be required to withdraw.


Please email the course chair to set up an appointment (rmehri@sfu.ca) for a placement interview if you are unsure about your suitability for this course. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to be available on the scheduled days and times set for the course. Instruction will be delivered in person on Wednesdays and remotely on Fridays during the set class times.


  • Quizzes (4x10%) 40%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Assignments & Class participation 10%



 A+  96-100          B+  83-86                  C+  70-74             D  50-58                               
 A    91 - 95          B    79-82                   C    65-69             F  0- 49
 A-   87 - 90          B-   75-78                  C-   59-64

PERS 100-3 may be applied to the Asia-Canada Extended Minor or the Certificate in Liberal Arts.



Mehri, Rastin, 2020. An Introduction to Persian. Available at the DocuSolutions, Maggie Bentson Center room 0001, SFU. Chapters will be made available on CANVAS.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.