This course is designed to give basic knowledge of Urdu to beginners with no prior knowledge of the language. Building upon gradual learning of Urdu vocabulary and script, this course situates Urdu in its socio-cultural context. Along with reading and writing, students will be exposed to contextualized use of Urdu. Instructional methods are specially designed for this purpose and will heighten awareness of South Asian culture. Class lectures will be frequently supplemented by Internet and audio-visual materials from South Asia. Learning strategies will involve active student participation through classroom exercises in Urdu. Practice in listening and comprehending Urdu will also be provided with basic grammar integrated in the learning process.