Farsi – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Would you like to learn Farsi in London? Join one of our part-time Farsi courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginners’ Farsi courses (Grade 1) start in October. If you already have some knowledge of Farsi you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginners’ Farsi (Grade 1) course.

We also have intermediate Farsi classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Farsi Beginners’ (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Farsi.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Farsi for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you will have studied Farsi for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Already started

Course content

Our Farsi lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • greeting and leave-taking
  • introducing yourself
  • enquiring about health
  • personal identification: gender, nationality, marital status, place of birth, hobbies, occupation, place of work
  • house and home

Grammar

You will learn:

  • personal pronouns
  • verb 'to be' in the present simple tense
  • polite forms of 'you', 'he', 'she'
  • questions
  • contraction – verb 'to be' in reduced form
  • negative forms of verb 'to be' in the present tense
  • questions (intonation, word order)
  • question words and intonation
  • the magical functions of ezāfe
  • possessive endings
  • possessive pronouns
  • demonstratives
  • how to say 'so/nor am I', 'so/nor do I', 'so/nor have I' etc

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • where are you from?
  • party game: Who am I?
  • introducing B to C
  • trade, profession, occupation

Grammar

You will learn:

  • plural of nouns
  • verb 'to have'
  • cardinal numbers
  • indefinite and definite articles

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • days of the week
  • last weekend
  • wish you were there
  • nothing to write home about
  • free-time entertainment

Grammar

You will learn:

  • past simple tense – how to say 'I went'
  • compound verbs
  • definite article for a direct object ()
  • making longer sentences

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Colloquial Persian throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

This level of Farsi is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Farsi language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Farsi for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you will have studied Farsi for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
3 October 2017 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Already started

Course content

Our Farsi lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • revision of topics covered in Grade 1
  • personal details
  • family and relations

Grammar

You will learn:

  • common prepositions and prepositional phrases
  • numbers – from cardinal to ordinal
  • postal address format
  • present simple tense
  • verb 'to come'
  • how to say 'every day', once a day', 'once every two days'
  • comparative adjectives

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • travel
  • arriving in Tehran
  • 'How long will you stay in Iran?'
  • going through customs

Grammar

You will learn:

  • future simple tense
  • present continuous
  • imperative
  • sequencing

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • in Iran
  • getting a taxi
  • checking in at a hotel
  • relations with other people

Grammar

You will learn:

  • simple subjunctive
  • structured infinitive

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Colloquial Persian throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

You should have a good basic knowledge of the Farsi language and its grammar.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Farsi language for approximately two years or 120 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Farsi for about 140 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you will have studied Farsi for about 160 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
2 October 2017 Part 1 Mondays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Already started

Course content

Our Farsi lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • asking for and telling the time
  • asking for and giving directions
  • asking a Persian speaker to speak more slowly and clearly
  • describing a location with reference to the points of compass
  • talking about journey time and distance
  • enquiring about the availability of facilities in the area, using 'streetwise' expressions

Grammar

You will learn:

  • object endings
  • how to ask 'what's the matter (or wrong) with …?'
  • how to say 'there is/are', 'there was/were'
  • 'after lunch' vs 'after I ate (or) I have eaten lunch'
  • 'before lunch' vs 'before I ate (or) eat lunch'
  • gerund

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about food, drinks and your diet
  • ordering a meal in a restaurant, complaining about it, paying the bill
  • enquiring about various dishes
  • seeking and giving permission to do something
  • apologising for interrupting
  • talking about how frequently you do things
  • asking someone if they have ever done something
  • using ta`ārof (politeness ritual)
  • using the Tehran telephone directory
  • asking if you can contact your embassy
  • asking to talk to your lawyer
  • talking about what you were doing yesterday at this time
  • describing someone's appearance
  • calling the police and other emergency services

Grammar

You will learn:

  • adverbs of frequency
  • double negative
  • present perfect
  • past continuous
  • emphatic and reflexive pronouns
  • past perfect
  • indefinite pronouns

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • starting, maintaining and ending a telephone conversation
  • enquiring about rented accommodation
  • expressing preference
  • apologising for causing inconvenience
  • saying you are looking for something or someone
  • using more telephone expressions
  • talking about the weather
  • talking about likes and dislikes
  • talking about your favourite food, actors, singers
  • talking about things you will do if certain conditions are met
  • talking about hobbies
  • answering the phone

Grammar

You will learn:

  • making complex sentences
  • conjunctions
  • relative clauses
  • intonation
  • conditional sentences type 1
  • contrastive stress

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Further information

Learning resources

We will use Colloquial Persian throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Contact us

Kate Bielawska and Kai Zs
Short Course Administrators

[email protected]

+44(0)20 3506 9900

Course dates 2017–18

September intake
Part 1: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 2: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 3: 9 April – 15 June 2018

January intake*
Part 1: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 2: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

April intake*
Part 1: 10 April – 16 June 2017
Part 2: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 3: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 4: 9 April – 15 June 2018

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.