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PACC's Pre-Summer 'Urdu Playgroup' 
Thurs 5-6pm

Schedule: 1 class/week starting April 27th to May 11th (total 3 Classes)
Fee: $15 per child/per class.  

Details: Playgroup classes will run for an hour, once a week and include interactive learning activities, songs, story time and a craft. Focusing solely on conversational Urdu as most of the kids are 3-5 years of age. Most of the kids after attending 3-4 classes are singing Urdu Playgroup songs, recalling their Urdu lesson in bits and pieces and visibly more comfortable in not only listening, following but speaking in Urdu.

Meet the Teacher: My name is Sana Imad and I have been lucky enough to call the south Bay Area home for the last 6 years. In that time I've welcomed 2 daughters into the world and needless to say becoming a parent is one of the best feelings in world. With motherhood came a deep desire and strong sense of responsibility that next to raising kind, humble, standout citizens of the world, I also wanted them to be able to speak Urdu. Not Urdu in an American accent but Urdu with the correct pronunciation and desi accent. After all I grew up in Australia and have an Australian accent so I know a thing or two about how easy it was to speak “Australian Urdu”.
Needless to say it was my parents constant and persistent hard work that paid off so much so that I started my own little Urdu Playgroup in January 2015. Now don't get me wrong, unlike my dad who was constantly hosting and participating in mushayras, ghazal and poetry nights my Urdu is more like middle school level and yes there's no shame in me admitting so. Perhaps that's also why I've been so successful in running my Playgroup with a steady and constant flow of new mums each semester. Who knows?!? What I do know, after doing this for over 18months, is that whatever I'm doing and however I'm doing it..WORKS!!! Most of the kids after attending 3-4 classes are singing Urdu Playgroup songs, recalling their Urdu lesson in bits and pieces and visibly more comfortable in not only listening, following but speaking in Urdu. Those who've been with me for over a year, well they bring a smile to my face each time they see me and their instant reaction is to switch to Urdu, albeit a little mixed with English, but I'll take it!

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