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Discovering Albanian 1 Textbook
Linda Mëniku and Héctor Campos

"Discovering Albanian lightens the burden of the instructor, allowing for more productive efforts in designing an effective and modern syllabus.”
––Alexander Murzaku, author of Inverse Dictionary of Albanian

Approximately five million people worldwide speak Albanian. The opening of Albania in the 1990s to broader trading and diplomatic relations with other nations has created a need for better knowledge of the language and culture of this country. This book teaches the student to communicate in everyday situations in the language, with each chapter introducing a new situational context. Students learn to discuss work, vacations, health, and entertainment. Students also learn to practice basic skills such as shopping, ordering tickets, and renting an apartment. Upon completing this textbook, students will be at the A2/B1 level of proficiency on the scale provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The textbook includes:

• eighteen lessons based on real-life situations, including three review lessons
• dialogues to help introduce vocabulary and grammatical structures
• comprehension questions and exercises
• related readings at the end of each chapter
• full translations for all examples discussed in grammar sections
• a series of appendixes with numerous charts summarizing main classes of nouns, adjectives, and verbs
• an appendix with the solutions to most of the exercises in the book
• a glossary with all the words in the dialogues and readings.

Linda Mëniku is a lecturer of linguistics at the University of Tirana. She holds a PhD from Tirana University in text linguistics, and has been teaching Albanian since 2003 at Critical Language Institute, Arizona State University.

Héctor Campos
is associate professor of linguistics and modern Greek at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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August 2011
LC: 2011021822 PG
416 pp.   8 1/2 x 11

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"Discovering Albanian provides an innovative model for language instruction. The
vocabulary is well thought out, and there are a variety of exercises — enriched by numerous cultural references— that encourage acquisition of
grammar and oral proficiency.”
—Christina E. Kramer, author of Macedonian: A Course for
Elementary and Intermediate


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