ULHB10030 - Beginners' Hebrew
- Credits: 20
- Level: 1
- Pre-requisite: None
- Co-requisite: None
- Taught during: Both semesters
- Timetable: Timetable for the course
This course is for absolute beginners of Hebrew. It aims to provide students with basic knowledge of Hebrew grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Further it also aims to provide students with writing, oral and comprehension skills in the Hebrew language, through a range of written, communicative and practical exercises. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication. Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- the grammatical system of the Hebrew language
- the Hebrew writing system
- common areas of Hebrew vocabulary
- some everyday communicative functional expressions in Hebrew
By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.
Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.
Teaching and learning methods
Seminars, three hours per week, plus an additional one hour oral class.
This course uses a web-based learning environment called Blackboard as a supplement to support and manage aspects of teaching and learning. Every student should try to log into Blackboard as early as possible in the year. Students will find class materials, feedback as well as a variety of extra resources to consolidate the grammar learned in class and to encourage independent learning.
The course will also have a facility for participants to engage and participate in the class remotely using ‘Go to Meeting’.
Four pieces of assessed work as follows:
- Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. assessment will normally take place during week 12.
- Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.
Nature and timing of feedback
Feedback will include a combination of:
- informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
- formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.
Dr Justyna Drobnik-Rogers
20 per group
Ivrit me-Alef ‘Ad Tav – Alef, Dionon, Tel-Aviv University, 1998.
- A reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew, Coffin and Bolozky Cambridge University Press, 2005
- Oxford Hebrew-English Dictionary
- Hebrew Verb Tables, Tarmon Uval,TamirPublishers,Jerusalem,1998
- English Hebrew by Subject, Hanna G. Perez, Joel Yaron Publishing, 2009
ULHB20010 Intermediate Hebrew
Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures. This unit will be particularly useful for those considering working in Israel or for Israeli companies. Relevant skills are: oral and written communication, analysis and problem solving, intercultural awareness and competence.