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Urdu at King Edward VII

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Urdu is one of the official languages of Pakistan. It is an Indo-European language, which originated near Delhi. Urdu is now the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. Urdu is heavily influenced by Persian and Arabic and it is written in a modified form of the Persian Arabic alphabet.

The Urdu course will require your enthusiasm and commitment, particularly as you will be aiming to reach GCSE standard in only two years.

Your studies will concentrate on the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing and these four skills will be tested in the final GCSE examination.

You will learn the kind of language you will need if you find yourself in a variety of everyday situations in Pakistan or if you are dealing with Urdu-speaking people in this country. To that extent, your studies will be similar in content to the ones you have already experienced in French and in German or Spanish.

The course is open to all students but it is likely that those with a background in Urdu, or a related language, such as Punjabi, will find the study of Urdu more accessible and therefore, somewhat easier, at least at first.

Entry requirements



Assessment There are two tiers of entry.

Coursework Your best 3 pieces of coursework from Y10 and Y11 must be handed in by March in Y11. They are worth 25% of your final mark.

Examinations Foundation Listening lasts 35 minutes Higher Listening lasts 50 minutes Foundation Reading lasts 30 minutes Higher Reading lasts 50 minutes Foundation Speaking lasts 15 minutes Higher Speaking lasts 20 minutes Each of these is worth 25% of you final mark.

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Further information

Please note that the course will only run if enough students choose it.

If you are considering choosing Urdu and wish to get more information, or if you wish to discuss your choice, please talk to Mrs Hameed or Mr Ackram.

This course is able to be combined with other opportunities wihtin a single application

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016

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