Hebrew

THE MODERN HEBREW PROGRAM

This is a three-year program, whose aim is to enable students to read, write and speak Modern Hebrew. The emphasis is upon contemporary usage, and the cultural context within which the language is spoken. Advanced students who wish to continue past the third year set up a reading course geared to accommodate their special field of research. The program primarily uses the textbooks developed by faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who encourage teaching Hebrew in Hebrew and advocate focus on reading, speaking and writing. In addition to the formal curriculum, there is also a Hebrew Circle‚ that meets every other week to watch Israeli films, listen to lectures in Hebrew, and practice spoken Hebrew.

Introductory Level

The beginner course aims to introduce students to the basic skills of reading, writing and pronunciation of Modern Hebrew. Students learn to read both vocalized and non-vocalized texts, to write simple sentences, and engage in simple conversation. In the field of grammar, students learn the Hebrew root pattern system as well as the basic present tense. At the end of the year, students can conduct short conversations in Hebrew, read materials designed to the students level of comprehension, and write short compositions.

Intermediate Level

This course is designed for students who possess a basic knowledge of modern and/or Biblical Hebrew (either the first year course or the placement exam are prerequisites). The main objective is to provide students with the skills necessary to approach Modern Hebrew prose, both fiction and non-fiction. Students learn to use the dictionary, and approach unfamiliar texts and vocabulary. Many syntactic structures are introduced, including simple clauses, coordinate and compound sentences. Throughout the year, students read, write, and speak extensively and are required to analyze the grammatical structures of assigned materials.

Advanced Level

This course assumes that students have full mastery of the grammatical and lexical content of the intermediate level (second year Hebrew or the placement exam are prerequisites). The main objective is literary fluency. The texts used in this course include both academic prose, as well as literature. Students are exposed to semantics and morphology in addition to advanced grammar. Requirements include a weekly class presentation, regular essay writing, two take-home exams, and several quizzes per quarter.

Read Research classes

Advanced students in Modern Hebrew can register to a R & R classes in order to improve their ability to read all sort of academic and non-academic materials.

Summer School

We offer an intensive summer session of six weeks that is equivalent to one full academic year of either the introductory or the intermediate levels. Students are also encouraged to participate in language acquisition programs offered in Israel by local universities.