ULHB20010 - Intermediate Hebrew

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: ULHB10030 Beginners' Hebrew or equivalent.
  • Co-requisite: None
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course aims to develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Hebrew at intermediate level. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in the earlier elementary course. 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.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest;
  • understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language;
  • intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics;
  • express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event;
  • write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest.
  •  

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

Teaching and learning methods

This  information may change as a result of measures taken by the University to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19.

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’.

Assessment

This  information may change as a result of measures taken by the University to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19.

  • Semester on: One written test (25%) which will normally take place during week 12, one dossier (10%), to be submitted in week 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (25%), one aural (10%), one oral test (20%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); dossier is to be submitted in the week before Easter as well; oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 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.

Convenor

Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

Sigal Altman

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Shoshana Brosh, Chana Harussi, Ivrit me-Alef ‘Ad Tav – Alef, Dionon, Tel-Aviv University, 1998, ISBN – 10: 9653061399

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 

ULHB20030 Advanced 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.