Intensive Hebrew Language Session

Beginning Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Students may take one level of Hebrew:

HEB 5001: Introduction to Hebrew (6 credits)

HEB 5103: Advanced Beginner's Hebrew (6 credits)

The above two courses will meet for seven weeks, from Tuesday, May 27, through Thursday, July 10, 2014.

HEB 5201: Intermediate Hebrew I (3 credits)
HEB 5203: Intermediate Hebrew II (2 credits)
HEB 5220: Intermediate Aural/Oral Hebrew (1 credit)

Please note: We recommend that HEB 5203 and HEB 5220 be taken in tandem.

The above courses will meet for six weeks, from Tuesday, May 27, through Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Courses are taught at the graduate level and meet three days every week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Note that due to Shavu'ot, classes will meet on Monday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 3, 2014, instead of that week's regularly scheduled times.

Students new to JTS, please (1) enter HEB 5001 on the application form, and (2) take the Hebrew placement exam (the exam will be sent to you after your completed application is received, reviewed, and accepted). The department will then place you in the appropriate class, and your registration will be updated.

Please register for one Hebrew level only. Hebrew may be taken for credit only.

The Hebrew Help Desk will be available to all students twice a week from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for help in class assignments, reading, vocabulary and grammar practice, or conversation.  

HEB 5001: Introduction to Hebrew (6 credits)
Hebrew Faculty, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Learning the Hebrew alphabet prior to entering HEB 5001 is highly recommended. You will be expected to have mastered the mechanics of reading and writing by the end of the second day of class. If you are not yet familiar with the Hebrew alphabet and its diacritics (vocalization system), the Hebrew Department strongly recommends that, before the beginning of the summer session, you learn the alphabet and its pronunciation and vowel signs, as well as how to write in cursive.


Resources for learning on your own are the following:

1. Aleph Bet and First Steps: free software available on the Internet from the Hebrew University (http://overseas.huji.ac.il/hebrewmultimedia)

2. Alephbet Click booklet + CD can be purchased from Israel Connection, which has a website and an online catalog

3. CD by Davka at the Hebrew Language Lab (Goodman Language Lab) at JTS

4. Many beginner-level books and programs have an instructional unit on the alphabet. Some examples are Hebrew from Scratch [Ivrit min Ha'hatchala]-the textbook used in Hebrew 5001; Ha-yesod: Fundamentals of HebrewBrandeis Modern Hebrew; and The Routledge Introductory Course in Modern Hebrew [Ivrit be'Israel].

This course will cover the textbook Hebrew from Scratch (Ivrit min Ha'hatchala) through chapter 12, supplemented by additional (parallel) readings and exercises and an accompanying CD. While emphasizing contemporary modern Hebrew, this textbook also contains samples of biblical and post-biblical Hebrew.

By the end of the semester, students are expected to have an active mastery of 500 words (plus numbers from 1 to 200) and to be able to comprehend, summarize, and answer questions about simple (unvoweled) dialogues, narrative, and informative texts, as well as read them aloud with fluency and accuracy. In grammar, students will learn the infinitive and present tense forms of frequently used strong and weak verbs in the active binyanim, the basics of the noun system (singular and plural, the construction of phrases), and the forms of simple adjectives, some primary adverbs, and several common prepositions. They will understand and be able to form impersonal and nominal sentences, object and cause clauses, and interrogative sentences. The course will include sessions in the Hebrew language lab. It is recommended that students enter with knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and its vowels.

HEB 5103: Advanced Beginner's Hebrew (6 credits)
Hebrew Faculty, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

This course will selectively cover the second volume of the textbook Hebrew from Scratch (Ivrit min Ha'hatchala) and will continue to develop vocabulary and grammar knowledge, as well as reading comprehension and oral skills targeted in the first volume of the textbook. Special attention will be given to dictionary look-up skills. Students will read, listen to, and discuss texts on topics of social and cultural interest in different genres-informative, literary, and narrative-and different historical registers. Materials for independent reading will be available from the class's "lending library." Regular writing and/or oral assignments will provide the opportunity to recombine and utilize previously and newly learned vocabulary and structures. Reading aloud of unvoweled texts will be practiced in class and in the Hebrew language lab. The grammatical component of the course comprises (in morphology) the possessive noun suffixes and inflected forms of the most common prepositions, and (in syntax) purpose, cause-and-effect and concession sentences, temporal clauses, object clauses, and nominal and possessive sentences in the past and future. Verb system items (all active binyanim in three tenses) will be integrated in the study of vocabulary and reading comprehension tasks. Due to the intensive nature of the course, the overall goal of which is to prepare students for the study of Hebrew at the intermediate level, students should expect at least one hour of homework per hour of classroom instruction.

HEB 5201: Intermediate Hebrew I (3 credits)
Hebrew Faculty, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

The objective of this course is to develop reading comprehension, in modern Hebrew, of modified, mostly expository, theme-based texts, with special attention to the acquisition of academic vocabulary. Word attack skills, dictionary look-up and syntactic parsing strategies, and Hebrew-to-English translation skills will be practiced. To promote reading fluency, level-appropriate readings (newspaper and magazine articles and short stories) will be assigned weekly for independent reading outside of class. Students will also practice listening and will give short presentations on familiar subjects. Grammatical topics will include noun and adjective morphology, the passive binyanim, and a review and consolidation of the weak verb paradigms and inflected prepositions. In-class work will be supplemented by multimedia activities in the Hebrew language lab.

HEB 5203: Intermediate Hebrew II (2 credits)
Hebrew Faculty, 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

This course provides training in using linguistic information in the text as clues to meaning so that students can read expository and narrative modern Hebrew with comprehension, with accuracy, and at a reasonable speed, as well as translate accurately from Hebrew to English with the aid of a dictionary. The reading selections-both modified and authentic texts (e.g., newspaper and encyclopedia articles)-will cluster around topics of Israeli and Jewish culture and history and will be supplemented thematically by premodern texts. Independent readings, to be prepared outside of class, will be assigned as well. Special emphasis will be given to vocabulary expansion, through both readings and root study. Language lab sessions will be devoted to the development of Hebrew computing skills such as typing, searching the Internet, dictionary look-up, and browsing and reading web pages. Grammar instruction will focus on sentence types (e.g., conditional sentences) and other grammatical and semantic phenomena encountered in the readings.

HEB 5220: Intermediate Aural/Oral Hebrew (1 credit)
Hebrew Faculty, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

This course, which takes place in the Hebrew language lab, develops aural/oral skills in Hebrew through guided listening to several genres of spoken texts (e.g., interviews, dialogues, mini-lectures), accompanied by a variety of speaking activities. While this course is taken in conjunction with HEB 5203, it need not be taken during the same semester.