Elementary Hebrew (PG)

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FHEQ Level

Module overview

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  • knowledge and understanding of basic Hebrew grammar
  • familiarity with the Hebrew verb system, the present tense and infinitives of the most common verb groups
  • knowledge of and understanding of essential Hebrew vocabulary
  • knowledge of and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Hebrew structures and expressions is given context
  • the ability to understand short passages in written Hebrew everyday topics
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Hebrew everyday topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Hebrew and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday 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


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 an introduction to Hebrew language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Hebrew. the course covers the Hebrew alphabet, noun gender and plural forms, two verb groups in the present and past tense, and numbers. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with range of everyday situations.

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 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 of week 1, term 3 (30%);one 15 minute oral examination (15%); regular course work 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 1
  • and additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.

Additional Hebrew References

Hebrew Learning Resources

  • Hebrew from Scratch CDs. The Hebrew University
  • Bolozky, Shmuel, 501 Hebrew Verbs, 2008
  • Levy, Ya'acov, Oxford English - Hebrew, Hebrew -  English Dictionary, 1995

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


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