ULHB10030 - Beginners' Hebrew

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Hebrew before.
  • Co-requisite:  If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course aims to give absolute beginners in the language a basic knowledge of reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work, and via studio-recorded and authentic texts.

Learning outcomes

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.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

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’.

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. 
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. 

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.

Convenor

Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

Sigal Altman

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

First and Foremost, Hebrew for Beginners and More, Textbook + Workbook978-965-350-187-4

Recommended texts 

  • 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      

Pathway 

ULHB20010 Intermediate Hebrew

Employability

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.