Our Urdu learning program is called Pervaaz. Pervaaz means “to fly” or “flight”. Our approach involves taking a virtual flight and journey into Pakistan’s arts, history, heritage, and culture to learn the Urdu language in context. The term “flight” also represents the remarkable progress in learning achieved in just four weeks of our immersive curriculum.
We teach Urdu through the five senses where students watch videos around the topic, listen to regional and contmeporary music, speak Urdu with friends and taste aromatic ethnic foods as part of their learning experience.
Students can learn in group or private classes that are available in-person and online via zoom. Classes are usually 60 to 90 minutes long every once a week over a semester with at least 15 classes per semester.
Urdu language classes for children in grades K – 12 are divided by age and incoming proficiency levels of students. For example, we teach novice speakers from grades K – 2 with different lesson plans and curriculums than those from grades 3 – 5 and so on.
Our teachers are native Urdu speakers and possess a high level of proficiency in Urdu language, including a strong command of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and cultural nuances. They understand teaching methodologies based on ACTFL standards of teaching foreign languages such as immersive, task-based learning, and scaffolding.
Language teaching is not just about vocabulary and grammar; it’s also about imparting cultural insights and fostering cross-cultural understanding. Our teachers are well versed in the Pakistani heritage and culture and the diaspora communities in the U.S. They have an extensive background and experience in teaching at school districts, colleges, and universities around the world.
Meet your Urdu teachers.
Urdu language curriculum is updated every semester for the incoming proficiency level of students based on their age and prior exposure to the language. All students go through OPI (oral proficiency interview) after they register for the semester. Students are placed in groups by age and proficiency level determined by the OPI:
Urdu curriculum covers conversation, reading, and writing of the language with constant student assessment to measure proficiency. We perform formative assessments throughout the learning episodes and a summative assessment at the end of each session. We recommend signing up for an entire semester to see a full proficiency level change—from novice to novice mid. Each lesson is designed to encourage participation and presentation at the end of the unit and often uses a visual aid to enhance student experience. We encourage community participation by inviting professionals as guests in student classes, who present their experiences around chosen topics in Urdu language.
We provide all the necessary books and materials to cover each proficiency level for Urdu language.
Our curriculums are:
We offer in-person and online classes for Kinder through 12th grade students. It’s a learning opportunity for students to read, write, and converse in the Urdu language and gather knowledge of Pakistani culture. You can also choose to take a private or group class in-person and online. We include a digital writing class in all our classes for ages 13 + which teaches how to write Urdu on mobile devices.
Fees vary according to the type of class chosen and number of classes per month.