Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Advanced Hebrew I
H670 | 18021 | Weiss, Ayelet


This fall course is the fifth course in the Modern Hebrew program. It
targets the advanced acquisition level. This course meets three times
a week. It introduces Israeli media and literature, as tools for
language integration. This course is based on the first four
core-courses of the Modern Hebrew program. Therefore, knowledge of all
of the grammatical core concepts--taught during the first two years of
the program--is required.

This course is conducted solely in Hebrew and assumes developed
reading and writing Hebrew skills, at the intermediate level. The
language and culture of Modern Hebrew are integrated into every class
session, in this course. This course also reviews the grammar of
Modern Hebrew, by integrating it into the daily work which students
perform. The course further introduces new complex grammatical
concepts, which combine the skill sets students have acquired in the
first two years. With the verbal and nominal systems both acquired,
this course focuses on the unique structures which the rich morphology
of Modern Hebrew supports. It thus explores the generative power of
Modern Hebrew, analyzing similarities and differences between the two
systems, while learning to combine and deconstruct multiple parts of
speech--even when those form a single word.

This advanced-level language course offers students the opportunity to
use their structural knowledge of the language, while exercising their
communication skills. In doing so, students continue to develop both.
Class sessions offer the opportunity to read and discuss a variety of
sources in Modern Hebrew. Students also use multimedia resources to
watch and listen to Israeli news articles, skits and programs. All of
these tools help introduce topics in the language and culture of
Modern Hebrew, which are then discussed in class sessions. Following
such discussions, students are expected to write essays on the various
topics they have encountered.

Students will need to use their computers, to write their assignments.
Consequently, students use their developed computer skills,
implementing them into their Hebrew work. Students are expected to
participate in all class discussions as well as give in-class
presentations, on various topics.