SOAS University of London

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

Hebrew 2 A (UG)

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Term 1


This module develops oral, aural, writing and reading proficiency in Modern Hebrew, with equal attention to the colloquial and the formal. All aspects of Hebrew grammar and syntax are introduced, some at a basic level, and vocabulary is enriched and enhanced by the introduction of more complicated texts from different sources and on a variety of topics. Students will learn the past tense of all active verb groups and will begin to learn the future tense.

Students taking this module are strongly encouraged to also take Hebrew 2B in term 2.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Knowledge and understanding of modern Hebrew grammar and structure.

  • Familiarity with all the Hebrew verb tenses and verb groups.
  • An ability to read and understand any modern Hebrew text with the help of a dictionary.
  • A spoken vocabulary of more than 3000 words.
  • An ability to write in Hebrew on various topics, from the personal to informative texts.


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

  • Oral: Intensive practice is given in complex communicative tasks, such as expressing feelings, suggesting and bargaining, contradicting and defending a point of view. Equal value is given to morphology and syntax, with the emphasis on the colloquial. Teaching is by an interactive approach involving pair-work and role play, live and taped presentations, and intensive live drilling in morphology. Students will also discuss in class short articles on a range of topics relating to Israeli life, as well as other cultures.
  • Aural: The emphasis is on topic-based live and video listening, with particular use of songs, interviews and narrative. Systematic attention is given to grammatical drills, with equal weight to the colloquial and to formal.
  • Reading: Together with a linguistically graded, topic-related textbook, other texts will be read in class to maximize intrinsic interest and to develop a working knowledge of more formal language registers.
  • Writing: A variety of tasks are set, such as formal and informal letter writing, longer essays and descriptions -- with systematic attention to morphology, syntax and distinctions in sociolect and register.

Method of assessment

  • x 1 in class test (40%)
  • x 1 in class test (60%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


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