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

Intensive Modern Hebrew (PG)

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
Unit value:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

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

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Hebrew grammar
  2. familiarity with the Hebrew verb system, the present tense, infinitives and the past tense
  3. knowledge and understanding of essential Hebrew vocabulary
  4. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Hebrew structures and expressions in a given context
  5. the ability to understand short passages in written Hebrew on everyday topics
  6. the ability to produce short passages in written Hebrew on everyday topics
  7. the ability to understand spoken Hebrew and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  8. knowledge and understanding of the role of Hebrew in language based scholarship and research (PG students)


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 6 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to Hebrew language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Hebrew. The course covers the Hebrew alphabet, noun gender and plural forms, five verb groups in the present and the past tense, numbers and construct forms. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, as well as situations particular to Israel and its culture.

The course provides students with a basic 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, its links with Biblical Hebrew and its role in modern day Israel.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one essay of 3,000 words to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (20%); one 15 minute oral examination (15%); regular coursework (5%).