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HEBREW 111-1/2/3  Hebrew I
HEBREW 121-1/2/3  Hebrew II
HEBREW 216-1/2/3  Hebrew III: Topics in Hebrew Literature
HEBREW 316-1/2/3  Hebrew IV: Advanced Topics in Hebrew Literature

HEBREW 111-1/2/3  Hebrew I

Course Description: The three-quarter first-year course is designed to develop all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) weaving them all in our daily classes through a communicative-cultural approach.

Prerequisites: None.

Teaching Method: Classwork centers on learning new vocabulary and grammatical structures, as well as practice of conversational skills and introduction to cultural materials. We will learn basic and everyday expressions and grammar, read and write dialogues and short narratives, talk about ourselves and with each other, and watch and listen to audio and visual materials.

Evaluation Method: A student's grade for this course will be based upon (1) active participation and attendance, (2) daily homework assignments and class projects, (3) quizzes and oral interviews, (4) a midterm exam and (5) a final exam.

Readings: Title: Hebrew from Scratch Part I (in Hebrew: Ivrit Min Ha-Hatchala Ha-Chadash Alef), Authors: Shlomit Chayat, Sarah Israeli, Hila Kobliner. Printed by: Akademon Press through Magnes Press, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 2012. ISBN-10: 9653501127

HEBREW 121-1/2/3  Hebrew II

Course Description: The three-quarter second-year course is an intermediate level course in Hebrew and is built on the vocabulary and structures students learned in the previous year. In this course students will reinforce and expand their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge and will further develop their ability to read, write and converse in Hebrew.

Prerequisites: HEBREW 111-3, or equivalent.

Teaching Method: We will enrich and expand our knowledge of Hebrew vocabulary, grammar, and culture. Class projects will be more elaborated, creative and complex based on students’ ongoing experience and knowledge of Hebrew learning. Students will also develop their ability to handle literary and cinematic works which are the core materials for Hebrew third year.

Evaluation Method: A student's grade for this course will be based upon (1) active participation and attendance, (2) daily homework assignments and class projects, (3) quizzes and oral interviews, (4) a midterm exam and (5) a final exam.

Readings: ISBN-10: Hebrew from Scratch Part I (in Hebrew: Ivrit Min Ha-Hatchala Ha-Chadash Alef), Authors: Shlomit Chayat, Sarah Israeli, Hila Kobliner. Printed by: Akademon Press through Magnes Press, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 2012. ISBN-10: 9653501127

HEBREW 216-1/2/3  Hebrew III: Topics in Hebrew Literature and Film

Course Description: This is an advanced level course in Hebrew. The course will revolve around a theme which is universal yet manifests itself in specific ways in Israeli society and culture. The course is interdisciplinary; materials will be literary and cinematic, across different genres and periods and will examine the diverse sectors and cultures (sometimes challenging the very definition) of what we call “Israeli Culture”. We will deepen and enrich our cultural knowledge and our understanding of the connection between Hebrew language and Israeli culture(s).

Prerequesites: Hebrew 121-3 or equivalent

Teaching Method: We will read short stories and poems, listen to songs, and watch movies, video clips and TV series. We will discuss these materials in class and will use the diverse language expressions, structures and vocabulary we encounter to expand our knowledge and understanding of Hebrew language and culture. The course and course materials will be in Hebrew. Course requirements include readings, written responses and short essays, group discussions/projects, and at least one presentation throughout the quarter, as well as a final presentation/project at the end of the quarter.

Evaluation Method: Grades will be based on (l) weekly short compositions, exercises, and/or group projects, (2) presentations, (3) final projects/presentations.

Textbook/Course Materials: Third year Hebrew students - Hebrew 216 - do not need to purchase any textbooks; short stories, poems and songs will be assigned and distributed in class throughout the course. Students are required to purchase Hebrew letters stickers for personal computer’s keyboard. Because students' computers can vary (some have Mack, some P.C, etc.), it is recommended to search online for Hebrew letters stickers that suit your computer and needs. 

 Here's one option (not necessarily better than others): https://www.amazon.com/KEYBOARD-STICKERS-LETTERING-TRANSPARENT-BACKGROUND/dp/B002FL1DZI.

 For ALL Hebrew levels - first, second, and third year – it is highly recommended to purchase the following dictionary. While this is not a requirement, it can be very helpful in understanding deeper and better Hebrew grammar principles and vocabulary:

Multi Dictionary - Bilingual Learners Dictionary, in Hebrew and English by Edna Lauden and Liora Weinbach https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Bilingual-Hebrew-Hebrew-English-English-Hebrew-Multilingual/dp/965390003X

For more information, contact hanna.seltzer@northwestern.edu

 

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