Curriculum Outcomes

Students majoring in Hebrew language and literature at Brandeis will:

Learning Goals

They need to understand that learning a foreign language is a life-long endeavor.

Specific Outcome Goals

The following is a description of specific outcome goals for each unit we teach during the first semester (5 units - approximately).

Expected outcomes

By the end of the semester, students are expected to have reached proficiency level of Novice - High in speaking and writing (according to the ACTFL guidelines - see below) and proficiency level of Intermediate-Low in reading and listening (according to the ACTFL guidelines - see below).

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Speaking
(ACTFL Guidelines)

"Able to satisfy partially the requirements of basic communicative exchanges by relying heavily on learned utterances but occasionally expanding these through simple recombination of their elements. Can ask questions or make statements involving learned material. Shows signs of spontaneity although this falls short of real autonomy of expression. Speech mainly consists of learned utterances rather than of personalized ones, Vocabulary centers on areas such as basic objects, places, and most common kinship terms."

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Writing
(ACTFL Guidelines)

"Able to write simple, fixed expressions and limited memorized materials and some recombinations thereof. Can supply information on simple forms and documents. Can write names, numbers, dates, own nationality, and other simple autobiographical information, as well as some short phrases and simple lists. Can write all the symbols in an alphabetic system."

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Reading
(ACTFL Guidelines)

"Able to understand main ideas and/or some facts from the simplest connected texts dealing with basic personal and social needs. Such texts are linguistically noncomplex and have a clear underlying internal structure, for example, chronological sequencing. They impart basic information about which the reader has to make only minimal suppositions or to which the reader brings personal interest and/or knowledge. Examples include messages with social purposes and information for the widest possible audience, such as public announcements and short, straightforward instructions dealing with public life."

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Listening
(ACTFL Guidelines)

"Able to understand sentence-length utterances which consist of recombination of learned elements in a limited number of content areas, particularly if strongly supported by the situational context. Content refers to basic personal background and needs, social conventions and routine tasks, such as getting meals and receiving simple instructions and directions. Listening tasks pertain primarily to spontaneous face-to-face conversations."