Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Modern Hebrew 3

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This is the last of three study-units covering Modern Hebrew grammar. It builds on and consolidates the grammatical, syntactic, and lexical elements covered in Modern Hebrew 1 and 2, and prepares students to reach an intermediate level of the language. By the end of the semester, students will learn about 300-400 new words, including a wide range of phrases and idioms, and they will also be able to read and write long passages in Modern Hebrew and carry out extended conversations. 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 consolidate the principles of Modern Hebrew grammar and syntax;
2. to introduce students to a wide range of new vocabulary, idioms, and proverbs;
3. to teach students intermediate / advanced 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 new words in Modern Hebrew (in addition to the words already learned in Modern Hebrew 1 and 2);
2. read and write long passages in Modern Hebrew (ca. 300-500 words);
3. read texts in Modern Hebrew, including newspaper articles and short stories, but excluding novels;
4. understand a wide range of audio-visual media in Modern Hebrew;
5. master intermediate notions of Hebrew grammar and syntax;
6. carry out extended conversations in Modern Hebrew.

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

1. read select articles in contemporary Israeli newspapers and short stories written by Israeli authors;
2. communicate effectively with native speakers of Modern Hebrew;
3. gain a better understanding of social, cultural, and political issues affecting Modern Israeli society.

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-units: HBW1005, HBW2012, HBW2016

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) 40%
Oral and Written Exercises 60%


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