Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Elementary Hebrew I
H500 | 18537 | Maoz-Levy, Michal


This fall course meets four times a week and is offered as the first
semester course, in the Modern Hebrew program. As such, it addresses
appropriate material for the beginning level. The course requires no
prior Hebrew background. Class sessions are conducted exclusively in
Hebrew. Students are exposed to spoken Hebrew, during each class; they
are expected to communicate in Hebrew, with one another as well as
with the instructor.

This course starts by focusing on the writing systems in Hebrew. It
covers the print and the script systems as well as the vocalic system
of Modern Hebrew. Conversations are practiced daily, using basic
question-answer structures, focusing on the simple sentence structure.
In addition, the course focuses on the present verbs in Hebrew.
Expansion to the sentence structure is introduced through the use of
conjunctives. The basic gender/number distinction of Hebrew is
introduced for both the verbal and the nominal systems. Hence, the
course structurally introduces the morphology of the language.

This course uses readings from the workbook, to work on basic reading
comprehension. Students use a set of accompanying CDs, to work on
listening comprehension exercises. Writing skills are developed, as
students write daily assignments on various topics and complete the
writing of a simple essay assignment. Speaking skills are practiced
daily in class. As part of the course, students prepare and do short
presentations in class, on various topics. Students develop listening
comprehension skills using the CD set at home and doing
listening-comprehension exercises in class. Further skill development
is supported by the use of certain software, allowing students to hone
their language skills at their own individual pace.