SOAS University of London

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

Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (PG)

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Full Year



Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

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 to be submitted on the last day of term 2  (30%).


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