Levels offered: National 3, National 4, National 5, Higher
The Urdu course develops literacy skills by giving learners opportunities to read, listen and talk in Urdu and to reflect on how this relates to English. It enables learners to understand and use the language, to apply their knowledge and to develop planning, research and language skills.
Urdu is the national and one of the two official languages of Pakistan, along with English, and is spoken and understood throughout the country. It is used in education, literature, office and court business. It embodies the cultural and social heritage of the country. Urdu is the lingua franca and national language of Pakistan. It is also one of the officially recognized languages in India.
Who might choose this subject?
Through Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, the course covers use of the language in personal and social situations, in everyday life and the world of work. It also allows learners to appreciate the society and culture of another country, while developing qualities necessary to live and work in a multilingual environment.
The National Courses cover the following contexts and topics:
Society, Family and Friends
Work and CVs
Planning a trip
Celebrating a special event
Literature of another country
Film and television
Modern languages prepare you for modern life. As the world gets smaller, there’s never been a better opportunity to get into languages. Getting to grips with a new language can be great fun, and you learn so much about other people and what makes them tick.