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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part II

Course Description 2023-24

This paper aims to develop students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The students will write essays and prepare presentations in Persian.

This course consists of various forms of language work to improve the linguistic proficiency of the students in the four major language skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking. The students read and listen to a variety of texts in modern Persian as language exercises, for translation and vocabulary building. Students will also write essays and prepare presentations in Persian. The course seeks to give students a broad knowledge of Persian literary styles and includes a focus on Persian folklore and proverbs.

Form and Conduct

The examination consists of two parts: a three-hour written examination (70 marks) and an oral examination which is taken at the end of the fourth year (30 marks).

The written examination consists of three sections. Section A consists of one reading comprehension passage in Persian on which candidates will be required to answer questions in Persian (15 marks). Section B consists of two unseen passages of modern Persian for translation into English (10 marks each) and one unseen passage of English for translation into Persian (10 marks). Section C consists of four topics for an essay of about 400 words in Persian, of which one must be attempted (25 marks). All sections must be attempted.

The oral examination consists of three sections. All timings are approximate and all oral examinations are recorded. (a) Liaison interpreting: Candidates act as an interpreter for two examiners, one speaking Persian and one English (10 marks, 10 minutes); (b) Listening comprehension: Candidates listen to a short passage and answer questions about it (10 marks, 10 minutes); (c) Discussion: Candidates discuss one topic selected at the time of the examination from a list of three, chosen and provided previously by themselves (10 marks, 20 minutes).


This description is subject to change, for the latest information, students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the Faculty Intranet.


Terms taught
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter