“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein.
“A different language is a different vision of life.” — Federico Fellini.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
Why learn a Foreign Language? We teach 3 Modern Foreign Languages at Upper Batley High School – French, Arabic and Urdu - and our aim is to support and help learners develop their use of the Foreign Language in the classroom and beyond. We are a team of dedicated staff willing to instil the love of languages in our learners’ minds and hearts. Learners profit from a wide range of learning styles and activities which provide them with not only a well-rounded knowledge of the language that they are studying, but also a broadened perspective of the culture and the people of the countries where the language is spoken.
In addition, they get to learn much more about how English works alongside other languages, discovering its many similarities and shared vocabulary, expanding their range of English vocabulary in the process.
During their languages journey, learners develop a solid understanding of the mechanics of how to successfully learn another language whilst developing their skills of communications, analysis, deduction and how to overcome communication barriers, instilling into them a greater confidence to communicate in another language in a variety of real-life situations. On top of this, learners are provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop their intra-personal skills such as collaboration in group and partner work scenarios, reasoning, problem-solving and analysis all the while whilst building up their levels of literacy, auracy and oracy.
The school subscribes to a number of online educational sites offering an inclusive and varied learning environment. In languages, we make sure learners are happy, safe, engaged and learn new things about the world whilst experimenting with new vocabulary, ideas and activities.
Outline of Course Content - Urdu
Over 3 years, learners will study a number of topics across the following 3 themes :-
Basic Urdu Grammar including alphabet / numbers/ months / days / personal details / colours/ weather/ daily routine with time/ animals/ adjectives/ verbs and tense, (past, present and future).
- Relationships with family and Friends
- Marriage and Partnerships
- Social media
- Mobile technology (advantages and disadvantages)
- Cinema / TV
- Food and Eating out
- Sports and Hobbies
d) Festivals and Special Occasions
Celebrations in Urdu speaking countries
Customs / religion and traditions
Home and contents/furniture
- Buildings / facilities in your area
- Type of area and opinions of your area
Comparison of villages and Towns
- Charity / Voluntary Work
- Healthy / Unhealthy living + Lifestyles
- Poverty, Homelessness
- Holidays habits
- Holidays in the Past, future holidays
- Travelling and Eating Abroad
- Subjects, Opinions, Uniform,
- Timetable / Daily routine
- School Description / Rules
- College Life / Stresses / Lifestyle
- Future job plans
- Future Ambitions / Life Choices
AQA is our chosen exam board.
GCSE: One Reading and one Listening exam at the end of Year 11, totalling 25% of the total mark as well as sitting a Writing exam and before all of these a Speaking exam. Pupils will be entered at either Higher Tier (access to grades 9-4) or at Foundation Tier (access to grades 5-1) according to their ability.
Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities
We deliver master classes after school for our Y11 learners in order to support and reinforce their learning supplementing the content and skills covered in timetabled lessons.
Resources to support learning
Learners are provided with vocabulary booklets, Conversation booklets and Writing practice booklets. Resources are placed on Google classroom to support reading and writing of Urdu.
In addition, Urdu provides access to app and online-based vocabulary learning tools for the GCSE cohorts such as Surface languages and Digital Dialects.