Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Modern Hebrew 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This is the first of three study-units covering Modern Hebrew grammar. It offers an introduction to the cursive Modern Hebrew script and to basic notions of grammar. By the end of the semester, students will learn about 300-400 words, and they will also be able to read and write basic sentences in Modern Hebrew. Students are expected to dedicate at least 10 weekly hours of personal study, during which they may be assigned language tasks with a view to consolidating the skills acquired in class.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:
1. to teach students the cursive Modern Hebrew script;
2. to guide students in mastering the Hebrew pronunciation and sound system;
3. to introduce students to basic notions of Modern Hebrew grammar;
4. to teach students elementary notions of Modern Hebrew in all the four linguistic competencies (listening, reading, speaking, writing).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of about 300-400 words in Modern Hebrew;
2. write in Modern Hebrew, using both the printed and cursive scripts;
3. read and write basic sentences in Modern Hebrew;
4. master the basic notions of Hebrew grammar and syntax;
5. tackle elementary listening and speaking tasks in Modern Hebrew;
6. engage in basic social interactions using Modern Hebrew.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. read excerpts from contemporary Israeli newspapers;
2. engage in basic social interactions with native speakers of Modern Hebrew;
3. apply knowledge about Jewish and Israeli culture in social interactions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Extensive notes and further material will be provided by the lecturer in class. The following is a select list of Modern Hebrew grammars.

- Etzion, Giore. The Routledge Introductory Course in Modern Hebrew: Hebrew in Israel. 2nd edn. London: Routledge, 2019.
- Glinert, Louis. Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar. London: Routledge, 2015.
- Raizen, Esther. Modern Hebrew for Beginners: A Multimedia Program for Students at the Beginning and Intermediate Levels. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 2000.
- Raizen, Esther. Modern Hebrew for Intermediate Students: A Multimedia Program. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 2002.
- Rosen, Haim B. A Textbook of Israeli Hebrew: With an Introduction to the Classical Language. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-unit: NES1003

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 40%
Oral and Written Exercises SEM2 No 60%


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