The manual "Albanian language course" has been published by Hoepli, edited by Genc Lafe. A1-B1 levels of the common European framework of reference for languages. With digital content for download and online access.
In Italy there is also the historical linguistic minority of the arbëresh, which has always been spiritually linked to the ancient land of origin and has always participated in the intellectual life and efforts of the Albanian nation. All this makes the relationship between the two peoples truly special.
Lately, a considerable number of Italian citizens have moved to Albania for various reasons, taking advantage of the various opportunities offered by the country. And finally Albania, now a candidate for years to join the European Union, is preparing for the start of integration into the Union. In this journey, Italy has always been and remains an important point of reference and a privileged interlocutor.
In this context "The Albanian language course", which arises from an effective and real need to offer university students and all interested parties a useful and adequate tool for learning the Albanian language, contributes to filling an obvious gap in the field of mutual understanding between the two neighboring peoples.
The manual was conceived taking into account the needs of students who attend Albanian-speaking university courses, but can be used by all those who intend to learn the basics of the Albanian language in a self-taught way. The text presents a detailed analysis of the Albanian grammar system through simple and clear descriptions, which allow those who study to penetrate immediately into the logic of the language and to memorize their structures better.
The teaching strategy behind this manual was developed following interaction with the students during the teaching hours and the stimuli that resulted from them. The morphosyntactic structures of the Albanian that are at the center of the lessons, are proposed in a gradual and compact way to the student through simple and clear descriptions, which are often compared to the respective structures of the Italian.
The morphology of the Albanian is characterized by a multiplicity of forms that very often make the presentation of an integral picture of the topic complicated, so, contrary to the way of proceeding of the traditional texts in which the grammatical arguments are often found broken up and divided between various lessons, here it was chosen to offer an integral representation of the grammatical topics, trying to facilitate the logical learning of the morphological mechanisms underlying the grammatical structures.
The descriptive approach followed in the traditional guidance manuals has been integrated with the logical-rational aspect of the teaching, favoring the perspective of the non-native speaker. For example, the subjunctive, which is one of the fundamental verbal modes in Albanian by virtue of its multiple functionalities for the formation of structures composed of modal and similar verbs and for the formation of the future of the indicative, is taught immediately after the present and the imperfect of the indicative and before passing to the same future and to the times of the indicative past.
The variation of the verbal thematic vowel, a phenomenon present in some verbs very frequent and not predictable from the perspective of the non-native speaker, is explained in relation to the morphological function. In the glossary at the end of the manual, in addition to the fundamental verbal forms, the forms with variation of the thematic vowel that do not appear in the Albanian dictionaries are also presented.
The declination of the article in question is treated in correlation with the endings of the oblique cases and of the initial declination of the possessive, to make clear the logical link that derives from the common origin of these forms, trying in this way to reduce the efforts for their storage.
The volume is composed of 16 units preceded by an introductory unit dedicated to the alphabet and the analysis of the Albanian phonetic system. The dialogues and passages of each unit revolve around the Grammar which constitutes its central core. New words and expressions are reported at the end of each dialogue or passage, to the extent that they help the text to understand immediately. The complete list of items used in this volume can be found in the Glossary.
The dialogues and texts deal with everyday situations and contain different structural and sentence construction models. The Mp3 tracks that contain the recording of the texts and exercises of the various units can be downloaded from the publisher's site.
The grammar exercises aim to consolidate the grammatical knowledge acquired and contain vocabulary and expressions not previously treated, so they are also useful for increasing the lexical skills. Language exercises aim to develop communication skills and stimulate the linguistic creativity of those who study.
In the last four lessons, under the heading Culture, geography history texts about specific topics on Albanian geography, history and culture are introduced.
The book is accompanied by a glossary of the words used in this volume, compiled according to the Albanian lexicographical criteria and the solution of the exercises suitable for individual verification.
The publication of this "Albanian language course" it is a long-awaited event, given the scarcity of alternatives on the market. This volume is the first Albanian language manual to be compiled according to the criteria of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and corresponds to the achievement of the A1-B1 levels (intermediate level) of the same Quadro.
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