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Urdu Beginners 1 - Online Intensive Aug-Sept 2022

An online intensive Urdu course for complete beginners

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Urdu Beginners 1 online intensive aims to provide you with a thorough introduction to contemporary Urdu. You will cover basic grammatical constructions and acquire essential vocabulary to communicate within a range of everyday situations likely to be encountered in Urdu-speaking areas. As the course progresses, it aims to provide you with further confidence and vocabulary to discuss more complex topics, write and read more challenging texts in Urdu.

Duration: 15hrs of classes, 5 weeks

Urdu Beginners 1 Online Intensive (42886)
August-September 2022 Timetable:

Day Date Time
Tuesday 2nd August 19:00-20:30
Thursday 4th August 19:00-20:30
Tuesday 9th August 19:00-20:30
Thursday 11th August 19:00-20:30
Tuesday 16th August 19:00-20:30
Thursday 18th August 19:00-20:30
Tuesday 23rd August 19:00-20:30
Thursday 25th August 19:00-20:30
Tuesday 30th August 19:00-20:30
Thursday 1st September 19:00-20:30


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. The cultural context is embedded within the study of the language to allow you to appreciate the appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interacting with native speakers. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the course.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page.


The course will be based on the textbook: Matthews, D. and Dalvi, M. K. (2010) Complete Urdu (+CDs). Teach Yourself Books: London. 

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop

£299. Please see our Fees Page for full fee information and discounts available.

Terms and Conditions
Before applying, please be sure that you have read the SOAS Language Centre Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply
This Urdu Beginners 1 course is aimed at complete beginners, no prior knowledge is required. Click here to enrol for Urdu Beginners 1 (42886) online intensive. ​Please note that places are first come first served. Enrolments are taken until the course is fully booked, or up to midnight 17th July, whichever is soonest.

Continuing Your Study
This course is equivalent to the 10 week Urdu Beginners 1 level. Students who complete this course may be able to join a Beginners 2 course for the October 2022 term, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.


Urdu Beginners 1:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Use greetings and farewells
  • Use the Urdu alphabet
  • Introduce yourself and use titles
  • Say where you come from
  • Ask and give directions
  • Ask and give telephone numbers
  • Use numbers 0-20
  • Use extended greetings and use polite form
  • Use some formal expressions
  • Invite friends and introduce to one’s family
  • Describe your home
  • Talk about school subjects

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.