Hebrew Courses

Hebrew 10a - Beginning Hebrew

For students with no previous knowledge and those with a minimal background. Intensive training in the basics of Hebrew grammar, listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. 

HBRW 19a, Beginning Hebrew: Honors

A beginner course for those students with some previous exposure to Hebrew. Builds upon the initial exposure, continuing to teach the basics of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and writing. Usually offered every fall. Four class hours per week with additional half an hour to practice speaking skills. 

HBRW 20b, Intermediate Hebrew

Continuation of HBRW 10a, employing the same methods. Intensive training in Hebrew grammar, listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: HBRW 10a or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. 

HBRW 34a, Intermediate Hebrew II: Aspects of Israeli Culture

Continuation of HBRW 20b. A beginner- intermediate level course that helps students strengthen their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Contemporary cultural aspects will be stressed and a variety of materials will be used. Prerequisite: Any 20-level Hebrew course or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. [fl] 

HBRW 35a, Conversation and Writing Skills for Heritage Learners

A beginner-intermediate level course designed to improve the reading, writing, and linguistic skills of students who have been raised in a Hebrew speaking environment. Prerequisite: HBRW 20b or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. Four class hours per week with additional half an hour to practice speaking skills. Usually offered every year in the fall.

HBRW 41a, Intensive Conversations about Israeli Culture

An Advanced Intermediate Hebrew course for students who have acquired an intermediate level of Hebrew and who wish to develop greater fluency in conversation with emphasis on aspects of Israeli Culture. Four class hours per week with additional half an hour to practice speaking skills. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or the equivalent. 

HBRW 44b, Advanced Intermediate Hebrew: Israeli Culture and Media

Reinforces the acquired skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Contemporary cultural aspects are stressed; conversational Hebrew and reading of selections from modern literature. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or the equivalent. [fl hum]

HBRW 97a/b, Senior Essay
Usually offered every semester.
HBRW 98a/b, Independent Study
Usually offered every semester. Signature of instructor is required.
HBRW 121a, Life Challenges and Post Trauma of an Israeli Family through a TV Series

An advanced-intermediate conversation course for students who wish to improve their speaking skills. Role playing, vocabulary building, and guided speaking activities develop conversational skills for various situations. Reading and discussion of contemporary texts, based on the popular Israeli TV series, "Yellow Peppers", assist in vocabulary building. Usually offered every year. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [fl oc]

HBRW 121b, Life Challenges of an Israeli Family through a TV Series

An advanced-intermediate conversation course for students who wish to improve their speaking skills. Role playing, vocabulary building, and guided speaking activities develop conversational skills for various situations. Reading and discussion of contemporary texts, based on the popular Israeli TV series, "Yellow Peppers", assist in vocabulary building. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [fl hum oc] 

HBRW 124a, Hebrew for Business: Doing Business in a Start-up Nation

Provides students with tools and competence to deal with the Israeli business community. For advanced-intermediate Hebrew students who wish to gain cultural understanding and business language speaking skills. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. Does not meet the requirement in the school of humanities.

HBRW 144a, Plays and Drama in Israeli Society

Focuses on improving Hebrew language skills at the advanced-intermediate level through critical reading and analysis of authentic and contemporary Israeli short plays and studying the comparison between plays in Israel and those in the U.S. The course will examine theories in aspects of drama and implement drama techniques including improvisation, movement, and creative expression. The course readings cover topics such as social diversity and justice as well as human rights and awareness of world identities. The course culminates in the writing of an original scene or one-act play in Hebrew. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [ca djw fl hum oc wi]

HBRW 146a, The Voices of Jerusalem

For advanced-intermediate students who wish to enhance their language proficiency and work toward improving fluency and communication through analysis of selected materials covering literature, poetry, history, politics, and art that depict the unique tradition and culture of Jerusalem. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. Professor Sara Hascal [djw fl hum wi]

HBRW 152b, Arabic-Speaking Communities in Israel

Examines the cultures and institutions of ethnic minorities in Israel. By examining and discussing the cultural characteristics and political activism of non-Jewish communities in Israel, this course exposes students to various faces of Israeli society, and to its multi-ethnic and multi-cultural identity. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [fl hum oc]

HBRW 161b, What's Up in Israel Today? Diverse Perspectives in Film and Media

For advanced-intermediate students who wish to enhance proficiency and work toward improving fluency and communication. In this course, Israeli media, films,clips from Israeli TV shows, and on-line resources will be used to promote language and cultural competency. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [fl hum wi]

HBRW 164b, Israeli Theater Within the Framework of U.S. Cultures

Promotes cultural awareness and global understanding through the reading and analysis of plays. Student creativity develops through participation in acting and creative writing assignments. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 30-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [ca djw fl hum oc wi]

HBRW 167b, The Sleeping Beauty: The Revival of Modern Hebrew

An advanced course that surveys the origins of the Hebrew language and its development throughout the centuries, focusing on its major stages (biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern). Explores the unique phenomenon of its revival as a spoken language and its adaptation to the modern world. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 40-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [dl fl hum]

HBRW 170a, Take One: Israeli Cinema

An advanced culture course that focuses on strengthening all language skills by studying the various aspects of Israeli society as portrayed in Israeli films and television. In addition to viewing films, the students will be asked to read Hebrew background materials, to participate in class discussions, and to write in Hebrew about the films. Usually offered every second year. Prerequisite: Any 40-level Hebrew course or permission of the instructor. [deis-us djw fl hum wi]

HBRW 301 and 303

For graduate students, Hebrew Practicum or Readings in Assessing the Learning and Teaching of Hebrew.