Bushra Quinlan : Urdu
Bushra Quinlan
Urdu Native
Sessions: 5
Last class: 5+ days
 2 Reviews: 100% Positive
£14.63 / €17.03 / $20.63
  Hello, my name is Bushra Quinlan and I'm 55 years old and currently living in Singapore. I am a native Urdu speaker and teach Urdu. I have been an online Urdu teacher with Verbalplanet since February 2019. I can speak the following languages fluently: Urdu, English, Punjabi.  
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28 Nov 2019
Timur N
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About me - English

I am a native of Pakistan, married to an American, living in Singapore. I hold a degree in Urdu Language and Literature from the University of the Punjab, graduated 1984. I have taught Urdu to American graduate students in Pakistan for the US Peace Corps (summers of 1987-90), The University of California's Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (1985-90), and in the US I tutored graduate students in Urdu and Punjabi for the University of Texas 1991-93. Though I was inactive for many years, I have recently started offering private tuition and Urdu translation services again.

Qualifications & Experience


Private Tutor Singapore Dec 2014 – Present

Language Instructor

Private language instruction in Urdu and Punjabi, as well as translation and research assistant services.

- Individual lessons or classroom-based instruction

- Speaking and pronunciation, reading and writing

- Language translation and research assistant services

University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas June 1991 – May 1993

Language Instructor & Library Assistant

Worked in the university’s S. Asian Collection and provided private tuition to graduate students.

- Private instruction in Urdu and Punjabi to graduate students

- Catalogued Urdu, Hindi and Bengali books for the university’s S. Asian Collection

US Peace Corps Islamabad, Pakistan June 1987 – August 1990

Language Instructor

Taught Urdu to American Peace Corp. volunteers every summer from 1987-1990.

- Classroom-based instruction to two classes of 16 students

- Individual instruction to students as required

- Listening comprehension, speaking, reading & writing

Berkeley Urdu Language Program Lahore, Pakistan Aug 1985 – May 1990

Language Instructor

Taught Urdu language to American graduate students enrolled in full-time program.

- Classroom-based instruction to two classes of 16 students

- Individual instruction to students as required

- Assisted students with graduate research and translation


University of the Punjab, Lahore 1980 - 1984

Bachelor's degree, Urdu Language and Literature

Teaching Approach

I start with Urdu conversation and vocabulary, and gradually introduce grammar, leveraging a variety of textbooks. I can teach the Urdu script for students who wish to learn. Lessons typically follow a theme or topic and are designed to introduce relevant vocabulary and a particular grammatical structure.

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