This intensive course covers the basic elements of Pashto. Students are immersed in the target language using communicative methods of instruction and all four modalities of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  The curriculum is thematic and provides students with enough language and cultural awareness to engage and be engaged in basic daily conversations, using simple sentence level discourse. This is an intensive course and students are required to spend additional time completing assignments, some of which requires outside-of-class research.

Duration:         5–8 weeks

Sample syllabus (to come)


Intermediate – Advanced

This intensive course develops students’ professional skills in the target language (TL) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through a thematic curriculum, students are exposed to authentic materials, including articles, short stories, and various literary genres. The curriculum enhances students’ linguistic and cultural competencies and enables them to complete tasks that occur in real-life situations. By the end of the program, students are expected to function linguistically and culturally at the 2/2+ levels of the Pashto language as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable. This course is heavily student-centered and conducted exclusively in the TL. Students are required to spend additional time outside of the classroom completing assignments.

Duration:         3–8 weeks

Sample syllabus (to come)



This intensive program exposes students linguistically and culturally to the Pashto language at the ILR level 3/3/3 in reading, listening, and speaking. The curriculum is designed to help learners practice and gain confidence using the language at higher levels (L3) of proficiency as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable. The course is heavily student-centered and conducted exclusively in Pashto. During the program, students interact socially, culturally, and linguistically with first-language speakers. These interactions include expert speakers’ seminar sessions, frequent trips to community centers and events, interaction with community members, visits to restaurants and shops, and conversational interviews with first-language speakers.

Duration:         2–3 weeks

Sample syllabus (to come)