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Cambridge IGCSE Urdu as a Second Language is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding to progress their education or career. Through their studies, learners gain an understanding of how to use Urdu effectively in the type of situations, and Urdu-speaking environments, they will encounter in their daily lives.
The syllabus focuses on the linked language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Through their study of Cambridge IGCSE Urdu as a Second Language, learners can achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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To make sure they continue to meet the needs of our schools, we review all of our syllabuses regularly.
We have made some changes to this syllabus to improve the way we assess students and make better use of the language testing tools available at this level. The syllabus now matches the approach and demand of our other second language syllabuses, including English as a Second language. These changes are for assessment in 2021.
We have made the following changes to the 2021 assessment:
Paper 1: Reading and writing:
Paper 2: Listening:
Component 3: Speaking:
The updated syllabus is for examination in June 2021. Please see the syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2021 syllabus.
Look out for a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the 2021 syllabus including a scheme of work, Example candidate responses, Learner and Teacher Guides as well as specimen paper answers. These resources will be available from April 2019 onwards (before first teaching) through our School Support Hub.