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Hebrew Beginners Course

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Course Aim

This course aims to provide you with a basic knowledge of modern Hebrew and focuses on the acquisition of practical communicative skills. It covers grammar and essential vocabulary allowing you to communicate effectively and confidence in Hebrew on a limited range of topics relating to everyday situations likely to be encountered. As the course progresses, it aims to provide you with further confidence and vocabulary to discuss more complex topics, write and read more challenging texts in the language. 


The course is taught mostly in Hebrew, English is used only when necessary, with coverage of the four key skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). You will engage in interactive language activities and improvisations of real life situations using Hebrew, as well as participating in group and pair work to practice vocabulary, expressions and grammar structures. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.


The course will be based on the textbook: Hebrew From Scratch Part 1 - Ivrit Min Ha'Hatchala Ha'Chadash (Alef) Edition: 13 Authors: Shlomit Chayat, Sara Israeli and Hilla Kobliner Publisher: Israel Connection

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

For the first stage of Hebrew Beginners (i.e. Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level). The progression route from Hebrew Beginners 1 is to Hebrew Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3.

Hebrew Beginners 3 is scheduled as part of our Online Summer Courses 2020 as below:
Day Date Time
Monday 27th July 18:00-20:00
Wednesday 29th July 18:00-20:00
Friday 31st July 18:00-20:00
Monday 3rd August 18:00-20:00
Wednesday 5th August 18:00-20:00
Friday 7th August 18:00-20:00
Monday 10th August 18:00-20:00
Wednesday 12th August 18:00-20:00
Friday 14th August 18:00-20:00
Monday 17th August 18:00-20:00

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment and Software.


Please see our Fees Page for full fee information and discounts available.

Terms and Conditions

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before applying.

How to Apply

Those who have completed Beginners 1 and Beginners 2 or equivalent can apply for Hebrew Beginners 3 online here

Related Information

See more information on the Hebrew language and tuition in Hebrew offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Hebrew Language Homepage.

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Hebrew Beginners 1 - Course Content (10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week)

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Spell out words
  • Greet and introduce yourself and others
  • Say the country you are from and the city you live in.
  • Say the language(s) that you speak, write and read.
  • Explain where you are going to or coming from.
  • Give and request basic information
  • Express likes and dislikes
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Talking about jobs
  • Describe your house, objects and places
  • Use numbers (1-12)
  • Ask and give the time
  • Talk about your family and friends
Hebrew Beginners 2 - Course Content (10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week)

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Describe your house, furniture
  • Bargain with vendors
  • Speak about traveling and trips
  • Use numbers (10-100)
  • Know the days of the week
  • Build a schedule of your routine
  • Talk about things you want, or you like to do
  • Speak about things you have
  • Discuss the Kibbutz life versus the modern city life
  • Shop for groceries
  • Use colours to describe food
  • Prepare a presentation about your city/town
Hebrew Beginners 3 - Course Content (Online Summer Course: 27th July-17th August 2020)

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Make recommendations
  • Talk about immigration and relocation issues
  • Talk about something that happened in the past
  • Say what you did yesterday
  • Use dates for biographies
  • Specify where things are located
  • Make comparisons
  • Identify parts of the body
  • Describe pains and aches and illness
  • Shop for clothes
  • Describe what someone is wearing
  • Give a presentation about your childhood

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.