Beginning Urdu I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: URD 101

       Course Name: Beginning Urdu I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


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:

  1. Communicate in Urdu, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Incorporate elements of contemporary Pakistan/India and South Asian culture in written and aural class work.
  3. Use spoken Urdu in everyday contexts to respond to simple basic questions.
  4. Illustrate reading comprehension by answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
  5. Use elements of beginning grammar in short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. Write simple sentences in Urdu within the context of what has been studied.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

WeekGrammar pointsConversation 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
Simple pronouns
Verb “to be” in present and past tense.
Vocabulary: Names of household items.
Sentence: A simple positive, negative sentence and Yes/No question
4. Adjectives
A few simple postpositions
Oblique form
Question words
There construction
Vocabulary: Names of fruits and vegetables,
Form “there construction”
Ask questions using question words
5. Possession with -ka
Possessive sentences
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
Imperative constructions
-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.
7. wala construction
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.
11. Simple perfect
Present and past perfect
chukanaa construction
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.
13. kar/ke constructions
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.
14. Conditional sentences
Prefixes and suffixes
Vocabulary: List of prefixes and suffixes and learning new vocabulary
To express conditional sentences
15. Review Review
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.

  1. Attend class regularly.
  2. 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.
  3. Accompanying written exercises in the workbook must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified in the syllabus.
  4. 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.
  5. Take the quizzes and the exams. They will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading, and writing elements.

For online

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Take the online weekly quizzes and the exams. They will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading, and writing elements.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

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
- Quizzes 150
- 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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.