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ULHB20110 - Pre-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 courses aims to further develop the linguistic skills in in speaking, listening, reading and writing Hebrew at pre-intermediate level. It lays emphasis on developing speaking, listening and reading skills , but equally places emphasis on grammar and on written accuracy. 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: 

  1. Read Hebrew texts containing high frequency lexis and basic structures
  2. Understand basic conversations or understand the gist of more complex conversations dealing with familiar topics
  3. Talk on familiar and simple topics with reasonable fluency
  4. Ask for information, make suggestions and make requests fairly confidently
  5. 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

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

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 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 Justyna Drobnik-Rogers

Taught by

Sigal Altman

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Ivrit me-Alef ‘Ad Tav – Alef, Dionon,   Tel-Aviv University, 1998.

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.