Pashto: An Elementary Textbook, Volume 1

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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 (COMING SOON – available here on GUPTextbooks.com)
  • 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

For Instructors: Exam copies of the textbook are available free of charge to instructors and can be ordered on the book’s page on press.georgetown.edu. To request a print sample, please use the “print” exam copy button. Instructors may request a digital sample by logging into VitalSource.com, selecting “Faculty Sampling” in the upper right-hand corner, and selecting the desired product.

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Pashto: An Elementary Textbook, Volume 2

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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 2 of Pashto: An Elementary Textbook is designed to cover the second 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 here on GUPTextbooks.com)
  • 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

For Instructors: Exam copies of the textbook are available free of charge to instructors and can be ordered on the book’s page on press.georgetown.edu. To request a print sample, please use the “print” exam copy button. Instructors may request a digital sample by logging into VitalSource.com, selecting “Faculty Sampling” in the upper right-hand corner, and selecting the desired product.

Pashto: An Intermediate Textbook

Designated a critical language by the US Department of Defense, Pashto is one of the two official languages of Afghanistan and is commonly spoken in parts of Pakistan. This intermediate-level textbook, which follows Pashto: An Elementary Textbook,Volumes 1 and 2, is designed to bring students from high-introductory to intermediate proficiency. It offers students with basic knowledge of Pashto a thematically organized approach that develops strong speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the language used in everyday life and in official communications, the mass media, and the educational system of Afghanistan.

Utilizing current innovations in foreign language teaching, Pashto: An Intermediate Textbook is an invaluable resource for professionals and students wishing to improve their proficiency in this critical language.

Features of Pashto: An Intermediate Textbook:

  • More than a hundred audio files. Vocabulary lists allow readers to hover over a written word or phrase and hear it in both eastern and western dialects.
  • Carefully selected themes, including practical situations in survival and rich descriptions of the Pashtun code of honor and wedding customs, in order to help students learn the language within its cultural context.
  • Grammar points that help students quickly master the essential function of the structural elements used in the texts.
  • Pashto-English and English-Pashto glossaries that provide information regarding the gender and number of nouns, adjectives, and various forms of verbs.
  • Attractive four-color, user-friendly design with integrated audio and written exercises and cultural notes to provide students with necessary background.

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.