ULHB51010 - LEAP Hebrew 1

  • 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 is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Hebrew language. It will cover four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to introduce students to the Hebrew alphabet, the basics of language structure and the basics of Hebrew grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct basic everyday conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.

Learning outcomes

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

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Hebrew;
  • understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding of Israeli society and culture and that of Hebrew-speaking communities worldwide.

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 will be supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30% 
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 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 

ULHB51020 LEAP Hebrew 2

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.