by Rahmon Inomkhojayev
Georgetown University Press, 2011
Paper: 978-1-58901-773-3
Library of Congress Classification PK6727.5.E5I56 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 491.59382421


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Pashto, designated a critical language by the US Department of Defense, is one of two official languages of Afghanistan and is also spoken in parts of Pakistan. Volume 1 of Pashto: An Elementary Textbook is designed to cover one semester of beginning-level language instruction; together, Volumes 1 and 2 of Pashto cover one year of instruction. The textbook provides learners and instructors with a wide selection of task-oriented, communicative language materials to facilitate the development of language learning. It features a functional approach to grammar, an emphasis on integrated skills development, and the use of authentic materials.

The activities provided in the textbook will help learners to develop strong skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In addition to the cultural background embedded in the video materials, the textbook contains cultural notes that improve competency.

Volumes 1 and 2 of Pashto: An Elementary Textbook each include:• Authentic audio and video materials to accompany the text, available on the Press website• Extensive Pashto–English and English–Pashto glossaries• Material for teaching the Arabic-based Pashto alphabet • Color illustrations and photographs throughout

Topics coveredVolume 1 (first semester): The Pashto alphabet, writing, reading, pronunciation, greetings and introductions, university life, daily activities, in the city, and family

Volume 2 (second semester): Seasons, weather, holidays, health, food, sport, and shopping

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