Germanic Languages | Beginning Yiddish I
Y100 | 27450 | Kerler
First semester of elementary Yiddish. Students are expected to have no
prior knowledge of Yiddish. They are, however, strongly encouraged to
get acquainted with the Hebrew alphabet beforehand, or to attend some
additional workshops during the first two weeks to learn or review the
Conducted mainly in Yiddish, this course aims to develop (a) essential
communication skills (reading, writing and listening) and (b)
awareness of the socio-cultural context of modern literary Yiddish and
its communicative, expressive, and stylistic varieties.
The grammar will include: nouns, verbs, and adjectives; grammatical
gender and the case system; word-order, idiomatic usages, and
phraseology. Particular emphasis will be placed on dialogue,
grammatical drills, and students' writing and active discussion in
Yiddish. Reading and study materials will contain: short literary
texts (prose and poetry), dialogues, songs, and selections from
Yiddish wit and humor.
Students will be required to participate actively in class and
regularly prepare their homework assignments. Grading will entail the
following components: active class participation (20%), homework
(20%), chapter review tests (25%), short quizzes (15%), final exam (20%).
Text: “College Yiddish” by Uriel Weinreich.