Urdu Language 2 (PG)

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South Asia Section

Module overview


Urdu Language 1A (PG) and Urdu Language 1B (PG) or equivalent. Your language level will checked before entry.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of intermediate Urdu grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Urdu vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Urdu structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand passages in written Urdu of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to produce passages in written Urdu of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Urdu of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to engage in short spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

The module provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Urdu language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Urdu. It covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Urdu writing and discourse. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Urdu texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.

The module provides students with intermediate knowledge of Urdu and practice of using Urdu in a variety of everyday and more specialised situations, including the understanding and expression of opinions and different points of view. It allows students to interact with Urdu speakers in Urdu and to use original Urdu language sources within the level covered in the module. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Urdu language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Urdu.

Method of assessment

  • 30% - Mid-term oral presentation 
  • 20% - Practical skill oral assessment
  • 20% - End-of-term assignment
  • 30% - End-of-term test
  • Exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page.

Suggested reading

1) The module will be based on

Reading and translation passages, supplemented by topical materials linked to weekly themes, providing the basis of conversation and essay writing.

Additional materials will be made available throughout the course.

2) Additional Urdu references

Urdu Learning resources

  • Matthews & Dalvi. 2010. Complete Urdu. London, Hodder Education
  • Asani, Ali. 2007. Let’s Study Urdu.  New Haven, Yale University Press
  • Bhatia, Tej. 2013. Colloquial Urdu. London, Routledge
  • Salimuddin, S.M. 2013. Oxford Urdu-English Dictionary. OUP
  • Haqee, Shanul. 2002. The Oxford English-Urdu Dictionary. Oxford, OUP
  • Platts, John T. 1977. A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English. New Delhi, Oriental Books Reprint Corporation
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila. 1999. Urdu: An Essential Grammar. London, Routledge

3) Additional resources relating to language-based scholarship

  • Austin, Peter, ed., 2008, 1000 Languages: The world-wide history of living and lost tongues, London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Baker, Mona, 1992, In Other Words: A coursebook on translation, London: Routledge.
  • Duranti, Alessandro, 1997, Linguistic Anthropology, Cambridge: CUP
  • Geertz, Clifford, 1973/2000, The Interpretation of Cultures: selected essays, New York: Basic Books.
  • Pinker, Steven, 1994, The Language Instinct: the new science of language and mind, London: Allan Lane.


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