Unchartered waters

30th May 2008 at 01:00
This is the first year Higher Urdu has been offered as an exam, so it was uncharted territory for teachers and pupils
This is the first year Higher Urdu has been offered as an exam, so it was uncharted territory for teachers and pupils.

Rehana Nasim, who teaches Urdu at Hillhead High in Glasgow, felt it was a fair paper; pupils who struggled did so because their level of vocabulary was weak.

The topic of the reading paper - shopping, or more specifically, a girl who is "shopping-mad" - was a good subject, but would have been testing for pupils with weak vocabulary, The second paper - on directed writing - asked pupils to write a report for their school's language department about a visit to a "target language country", a country where Urdu is spoken.

Mrs Nasim felt it was a good question, which allowed pupils to write about travel, friends and family, and their likes and dislikes.

The Standard grade Urdu exam has been running since 1978. As in previous years, the listening part was the easiest section for most pupils, said Mrs Nasim. She felt the Credit reading passage was easier than the General one because, being longer, it provided more information and therefore made it easier for pupils to find the answer. The writing papers for both Credit and General dealt with camping topics and presented no major difficulties.

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