An Elementary Textbook

Rahmon Inomkhojayev

"Volume 1 of Pashto: An Elementary Textbook covers one semester of beginning-level instruction using authentic texts and a wide variety of task-oriented, communicative language materials"
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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 covered
Volume 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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Table of Contents

Note to the Instructor
Note to the Student
An Introduction to Pashto

1. The Pashto Alphabet. Writing and Reading
2. Reading and Pronunciation
3. Greetings and Partings
4. Introductions
5. At the University
6. Daily Activities
7. In the City
8. The Family

Appendix A: Grammar Summary
Appendix B: Transcripts
Appendix C: Pashto-English Glossary
Appendix D: English-Pashto Glossary



"Pashto: An Elementary Textbook combines language and culture into a four-skills approach for learning Pashto that is sorely needed. Its versatility is its strength, and it appeals to students in both traditional language classrooms and independent language programs."—Elizabeth H.D. Mazzocco, director, Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

"As an educator of Pashto language, I found [this] textbook particularly useful for those who intend to learn Pashto as a second language. In addition to the author's choice of topics and vocabulary, as well as the way grammar is organized, Inomkhojayev portrays Pashtun culture in a nonjudgmental manner, which makes this book exceptionally unique."—Shirshah Said, Pashto language instructor, Indiana University



About the Author

Rahmon Inomkhojayev is a professor at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, where he teaches Pashto and Afghan studies. He is from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

464 pp., 8.5 x 11

Oct 2011

464 pp., 8.5 x 11

ISBN: 978-1-58901-773-3
Oct 2011

464 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-64712-099-3
Oct 2011

Volume 1

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