Language-based Studies

Language instruction is central to Israel Studies scholarship, with advanced Hebrew language courses including an active Israel Studies component, and Arabic and Yiddish language instruction reflecting important research languages.

Intermediate Hebrew II: Aspects of Israeli Culture
    Guy Antebi – Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

A continuation of HBRW 20B. An intermediate- to mid-level course that helps students strengthen their skills at this level. Contemporary cultural aspects will be stressed and a variety of materials will be used.

Advanced Intermediate Hebrew: Israeli Culture and Media
   Bonit Porath - Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Reinforces the acquired skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing at the intermediate to mid/high level. Contemporary cultural aspects are stressed; conversational Hebrew and reading of selections from modern literature, political essays, and newspaper articles. Required for NEJS majors and Hebrew majors and recommended for others who would like to continue studying Hebrew beyond the foreign language requirement.

What's Up? Hebrew through Israeli News Media
   Bonit Porath - Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
For advanced students who wish to enhance proficiency and accuracy in writing and speaking. Israeli newspapers, films, clips from Israeli TV series and shows, and on-line resources will be used to promote language and cultural competency.

Israeli Theater
   Sara Hascal - NEJS
An advanced course that enhances advanced language skills through reading and analysis of plays. The student's creativity is developed through participation in acting and creative writing lab.

Voices of Jerusalem
   Sara Hascal - NEJS
Aims to develop students' language proficiency through analysis of selected materials that depict the unique tradition, literature and poetry, history, politics, art, and other features related to Jerusalem.

ARABIC

Lower Advanced Arabic
  Carl Sharif el-Tobgui - NEJS
Designed to help the student attain advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. The syllabus includes selections from modern texts representing a variety of styles and genres, advanced composition, and sustained development of oral-aural proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic.

Advanced Arabic / Contemporary Arabic Literature
  Carl Sharif el-Tobgui - NJES
Develops advanced reading competence through a variety of modern literary texts focusing on contemporary Arab society, culture, and intellectual life. Continued solidification of advanced grammar and style with application through frequent writing assignments, both analytical and creative. Class conducted entirely in Arabic.

YIDDISH

Beginning and Intermediate Yiddish
  Ellen Kellman - NEJS
The course introduces basic Yiddish grammar. Students also develop reading, writing, and conversational skills. Yiddish songs, poetry, and folklore are incorporated throughout. Students continue to develop reading skills as they sample texts from Yiddish prose fiction, folklore, and memoir literature. Grammatical instruction becomes more contextualized. Speaking and writing skills are strongly emphasized.