The aim of the course is to provide a thorough introduction to contemporary Urdu. By the end of the course, students will have covered basic grammatical constructions and acquired an essential working vocabulary allowing them to communicate within a limited range of situations in which learners are likely to find themselves. The language is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so that learners are able to appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interaction takes place in the target language.


The course is taught in English and Urdu with coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Beginner Urdu

o Build a base of Urdu vocabulary, learn to form sentences, and understand some beginner Urdu phrases.

· Beginner Urdu courses help you with nouns, adjectives, plurals, numbers, prepositions, conjugation and more.

Intermediate Urdu

o Continue learning Urdu online with advanced Urdu grammar, useful phrases, and new vocabulary. Engage in deeper conversations with others.

· Intermediate Urdu courses focus on telling time, asking questions, giving descriptions of people, asking for and giving directions, travel vocabulary, and advanced Urdu verbs.


The following has been prescribed as the set text for this course:
Matthews, D. and Dalvi, K. (2010) Complete Urdu. London: Teach Yourself Books.

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop@soas.ac.uk.


Classes will be held at the Clementswood Clementswood Community Centre, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1RN, every Saturday from 3- 4pm. Participants receive 1 hours of tuition each week which can continue over holiday periods if warranted by class size.