Beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2013
In honor of Independence Day, there will be no classes on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Classes will meet instead on Monday, July 8, 2013.
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 28, through Thursday, July 11, 2013.
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 LAB1 be taken in tandem.
The above courses will meet for six weeks, from Tuesday, May 28, through Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Courses are taught at the graduate level and meet three days every week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).
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.
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. Booklet + CD called Alephbet Click (can be purchased from Israel Connection—they have a website and an online catalog)
3. CD (by Davka) at JTS language lab
In addition, beginner-level books and programs (e.g., Ivrit min Ha'hatchala—our textbook, Hayesod, Brandeis Modern Hebrew, Ivrit be'Israel) have an instructional unit on the alphabet.
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 be able to comprehend, answer questions, and summarize 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, construct phrases), 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 the 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 old 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 possession 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, whose overall goal 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 the course is to develop reading comprehension of modified theme-based, mostly expository texts in modern Hebrew, with special attention to the acquisition of academic vocabulary. Word attack skills, dictionary look-up and syntactic parsing strategies, as well as 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 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 aims to provide training in using linguistic information in the text as clues to meaning so that students can read expository and narrative modern Hebrew with comprehension, 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.