Teacher: Mrs Khatoon
Urdu is a major language in many countries of the world. Most of the people of Indian Subcontinent descent, understand and communicate in Urdu. Our aim is to offer Urdu as a modern language to all students and it is a compulsory subject at PMGHS for Years 7. After this, an option is available for students to choose either Urdu or Arabic as a GCSE. The subject is taught by an experienced Urdu teacher with extensive experience in teaching Urdu at GCSE and A-levels. Urdu is taught twice weekly to all classes and develops reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of the students.
We take pride in developing Urdu reading and writing skills in a creative and disciplined atmosphere. We understand that learning Urdu language is important for many within the community. Perhaps more importantly the study of Urdu makes young people more confident while expressing themselves and encourages integration.
At all levels, our teaching correlates with the new National Curriculum guide. Each year pupils read a wide range of novels, plays and poems, as well as non-fiction material. Writing arises naturally out of reading: reading and writing are inseparable companions, and pupils write in a wide variety of genres and formats for a variety of audiences.
Key stage 3 starts with learning alphabets, phonetics and basic grammar skills. Pupils enjoy listening and then reading short stories, games, role play based activities, both when reading plays, and also as creative activities.
Key Stage 4
Examination Board: Edexcel
In GCSEs the Edexcel specification themes are followed to enhance the language comprehension of the students. These are taught through text books, novels, movies and role plays.
The Urdu GCSE consists of four units based on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each unit enables the students to further their skills and develop their understanding of Urdu. There is an examination to assess the ability of spoken Urdu which accounts for 20% of the total marks. A further 20% of marks are awarded for reading skills assessments assessed in a variety of contexts which is also assessed through an exam.
There are two aspects to the controlled assessment tasks:
30% is awarded to students being able to communicate confidently in Urdu through written tasks. The final 30% of marks is comprised of two speaking activities which last 1 – 6 minutes each.