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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Intermediate Hebrew (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PNMC393
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • knowledge and understanding of the foundations of Hebrew grammar
  • familiarity with the Hebrew verb system, the present, past and future tenses and infinitives of all active verbs and some passive forms
  • knowledge and understanding of wide Hebrew vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of many Hebrew structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand short unedited passages in written Hebrew on everyday topics as well as on general themes
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Hebrew on everyday topics, to express opinion and formulate an argument
  • the ability to understand spoken Hebrew and to engage in short spoken discourse on a variety of topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Hebrew in particular, in language-based scholarship and research - specific learning outcome for PG students

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. An additional 6 hours will be spent in lectures and an further 6 hours will be spent in seminars/tutorials over the 22 week period.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides a continuation of the intensive modern Hebrew course, designed for students with at least one year of immersion in Hebrew language. The course covers the future tense and some passive forms of the verb, as well as many nominal structures and forms. It also aims to enrich the vocabulary and includes selections of Hebrew poetry and unedited prose and newspapers articles on a variety of topics. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues and short oral presentations dealing with a range of situations.

The course provides students with an intermediate knowledge of Hebrew and practice of using Hebrew in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Hebrew speakers in Hebrew and to use original Hebrew language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to modern Hebrew language, and its revival.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one essay of 3,000 words to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (30%); one 15 minute oral examination (15%); regular coursework in the form of weekly short tests (5%).

Suggested reading

The course will be based on 

  • Chayat Shlomit, Israeli, Sara and Kobliner, Hilla, Hebrew From Scratch, Akademon, 2000. Part 2
  • additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.

Additional Hebrew References

Hebrew Learning Resources

  • Hebrew from Scratch. CDs.
  • Bolozky, Shmuel, 501 Hebrew Verbs (2008)
  • Parastai, Chava and Vail, Tamar, The Hebrew verb, with exercises (1991). In Hebrew.
  • Levy, Ya’acov, Oxford English-Hebrew, Hebrew-English Dictionary (1995)
  • Lauden, E and Weinbach, L., Multi-dictionary: Hebrew-Hebrew English and English-Hebrew (1993
  • Sha’ar lamatchil. Weekly Israeli newspaper in easy Hebrew

Hebrew Grammar

  • Glinert, Lewis, Chik-chak: a gateway to modern Hebrew grammar (SOAS, 1991)
  • Glinert, Lewis, Modern Hebrew: an essential grammar (2005)
  • Kamhi, D.J., Modern Hebrew: an introductory course (1982)

Revival of Modern Hebrew

  • Ben Yehuda, Eliezer, A dream come true (1993)
  • Fellman, Jack, The revival of a classical tongue: Eliezer ben Yehuda and the modern Hebrew language (1973)
  • Harshav, Benjamin, Language in time of revolution (1999)
  • Sivan, Reuven, The revival of the Hebrew language (1980)