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

Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (Postgraduate)

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: 

  • read fluently a text in Hebrew in both print and script, without vocalisation
  • write with ease using the modern Hebrew script
  • understand basic grammatical structures in Hebrew
  • be familiar with the Hebrew verb system, and be able to use it in the present and past tenses and using infinitives
  • form correct sentences in Hebrew with an active vocabulary of about 1500 words
  • speak, read or write in Hebrew on a variety of topics, from everyday life to current events, history or culture


This course will be taught over 20 weeks with a 5 hours per week in language classes. 6 research seminars to be taken within SOAS during the academic year.

Scope and syllabus

This is a Hebrew language course for complete beginners, and will give students the basic knowledge to further their study of the language. Still with this basic knowledge, students will be gain a sufficient command of Hebrew to be able to use it during fieldwork, to critically assess texts translated from the Hebrew, or for archival research.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one oral examination of 15 minutes duration taken in May/June (15%); homework, quizzes and oral presentation (5%); a language learning portfolio consisting of a set of marked homework, short in-class tests, translation projects OR a translation project to be completed over the term of a suitable length OR a 3,000 word (or equivalent) translation (30%).