Beginning Urdu I
I. Course Prefix/Number: URD 101
Course Name: Beginning Urdu I
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course develops basic language skills in Urdu within the socio-cultural context of Pakistan/India and South Asia. Content includes alphabets, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammatical rules, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and oral and written real life situational conversation. No prior study of the language is presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.
IV. Learning Objectives
Student will be able to:
- Communicate in Urdu, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
- Incorporate elements of contemporary Pakistan/India and South Asian culture in written and aural class work.
- Use spoken Urdu in everyday contexts to respond to simple basic questions.
- Illustrate reading comprehension by answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
- Use elements of beginning grammar in short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
- Write simple sentences in Urdu within the context of what has been studied.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|Week||Grammar points||Conversation points|
|11||Urdu alphabets||Exchange of greetings and names.
Exchange of address and phone-number.
|2.||Urdu alphabets||Meeting and friend.
Introduce your family.
|3.||Nouns: Number and Gender in Urdu
Verb “to be” in present and past tense.
|Vocabulary: Names of household items.
Sentence: A simple positive, negative sentence and Yes/No question
A few simple postpositions
|Vocabulary: Names of fruits and vegetables,
Form “there construction”
Ask questions using question words
|5.||Possession with -ka
Use of -ko with subject
|Vocabulary: Parts of body, family
Possessive phrases and sentences
Likes and dislikes; Sentences like “I want….”
|6.||Verbs: Intransitive and transitive
-ko with direct and indirect objects
Reflexive pronoun “one’s own”
|Vocabulary: 30 frequently used verbs in Urdu
To express request, command, order, and instruction.
hi and bhi participles
Conjunct verbs with karnaa.
Ordinal and cardinal numbers
|Vocabulary: List of 20 frequent conjunct verbs
To understand the difference in structures which express general statement and universal fact.
|8.||The present and past imperfective
chaahnaa and chaahiye constructions.
|Vocabulary: Time expression, days of a week, months of a year.
To exchange daily routine/habitual action and universal and general facts.
To ask and answer what one wants.
|9.||The present and past progressive
The future tense
The subjunctive mood
|Vocabulary: Words related to food items and travel
To exchange future actions/plans.
|10.||Use of sakanaa and paanaa
Use of lagnaa
|Vocabulary: Words that expressed skills.
To exchange (in)abilities and feelings.
Present and past perfect
|Vocabulary: List of intransitives, transitive and di-transitive verbs.
To exchange past/completed actions.
|12.||Comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives.
Compulsion and obligation constructions
|Vocabulary: List of adjectives and verbs
To compare person, place and things.
To express one’s compulsion and obligation.
conjunction aur, yaa, and lekin/magar.
|Vocabulary: List of words related to socio-political issues in India and South Asia.
To combine two words, phrases, and sentences.
Prefixes and suffixes
|Vocabulary: List of prefixes and suffixes and learning new vocabulary
To express conditional sentences
|16.||Final exam||Final exam|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Class time will be devoted to practice, in large and small groups, with structures, expressions, and vocabulary in the context of everyday functions. Students are expected to have studied segments of the text assigned in the syllabus prior to class, in order to be able to participate as fully as possible. Workbook exercises provide additional practice in reading and writing.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
For face to face.
- Attend class regularly.
- Do assigned preparation in time for class: the students will read the text's explanations in order to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section V.
- Accompanying written exercises in the workbook must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified in the syllabus.
- Listen to laboratory tapes at least two hours per week, and submit lab exercises on the date specified in the syllabus. Lab assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.
- Take the quizzes and the exams. They will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading, and writing elements.
- The students must read the text's explanations and watch uploaded videos on grammatical items to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section VI.
- Accompanying written exercises must be submitted to the instructor before the due the date and time specified in the syllabus. Written assignments must be scanned and uploaded before the time specified.
- Listen to laboratory tapes and read online materials at least two hours per week, and submit assignments on the date specified in the syllabus. Lab assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.
- Take the online weekly quizzes and the exams. They will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading, and writing elements.
IX. Instructional Materials
Text: Instructors use the following text:
Matthews, David and Dalvi, Mohamed Kasim. (2003). Teach yourself Urdu. McGraw-Hill.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Final grade is based on exams, quizzes, workbook and lab assignments, and attendance.
|Grading Point System|
|- Class Preparation (20 points per class)||220|
|- Online Workbook/Lab Assignments (60 points per lesson)||300|
|- 2 exams||350|
|- Five Cultural Essays (25 points each)||125|
|- Oral Presentation||55|
|- Extra-credit assignments (maximum)||120|
Grading Scale:A = 1200-1080
B = 1079-960
C = 959-840
D = 839-720
F = 719 + below
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.