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Hebrew Language and Culture

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Learning Hebrew through Text Study

This curriculum is designed for those who want to learn Hebrew by engaging in the study of the range of Hebrew works including classical Jewish texts (such as Tanakh, Hebrew Bible), the siddur (prayer book), classic Rabbinic Works (Mishna), Hasidic and Modern Hebrew texts – in their original authentic language, Hebrew.

Utilizing an interactive and text-based curriculum, students will develop fundamental skills in all areas of language acquisition and literacy: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Understanding the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and well developed linguistic insights allows students to excel in their full comprehension of the Hebrew language. Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Pragmatics are specifically addressed in each level in order to allow learners to develop mastery of text and communication in Hebrew, from the beginning stages through the higher level courses. Students study Hebrew throughout its historical layers via diverse genres of the Hebrew literature and modern media and technology.

HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:
Understanding Hebrew Texts -- Fundamentals of Hebrew I
undergraduate level
MG-HEBRW-120

In this preliminary fundamental course, students will learn the basic Hebrew vocabulary and grammar needed for speaking, decoding, reading and comprehending authentic Hebrew texts, modern to ancient. The course begins with an introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and vowel system through songs, dialogues, and stories.  There will be some in-class conversation in Hebrew, however the emphasis will be on developing reading comprehension skills for long term learning.         

HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:
Understanding Hebrew Texts -- Fundamentals of Hebrew II
undergraduate level
MG-HEBRW-220
Prerequisite: A placement evaluation is available; please contact sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-953-8739

The second semester in the sequence will enable students to acquire additional vocabulary and expand their knowledge of Hebrew grammar, with readings of increasing complexity. Selections from classical texts will also be introduced to familiarize students with both the shared and distinctive features of Hebrew in its different periods. Students in this level can start handling authentic Modern Hebrew newspapers, poetry, Israeli TV series, and more.  Conversational Hebrew will be around the text reflecting the humor of generations while students continue to develop skills and insights in all areas of language acquisition: speaking, writing, listening and reading.

HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:
Understanding Hebrew Texts -- Fundamentals of Hebrew III
undergraduate level
MG-HEBRW-320
Prerequisite: A placement evaluation is available; please contact sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-953-8739

In the third semester, students expand their Hebrew literacy throughout exposure to multiple genres from Modern through classical texts in their authentic texts forms.  Students will apply and extend their knowledge of Hebrew grammar to these texts and build their vocabulary, with the goal of enhancing their ability to develop skills and tool kit for independently read and understand Jewish texts in Hebrew, Modern to ancient.

HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:
Understanding Hebrew Texts -- Fundamentals of Hebrew IV
undergraduate level
MG-HEBRW-420
Prerequisite: A placement evaluation is available; please contact sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-953-8739

This course is the fourth semester of the Understanding Hebrew Texts sequence. Students will read longer selections from all genres of the Jewish and Israeli culture of all historical periods, Modern through classical texts. Students will continue to apply and extend their knowledge of Hebrew grammar to these texts and build their vocabulary, with the goal of enhancing their ability to independently read and understand Jewish texts in Hebrew and discuss them.

HEBREW LANGUAGE & CULTURE 5: Sources: Readings in Hebrew
STANDING at SINAI (Advanced)
graduate level
MG-HEBRW-522
Prerequisite: Hebrew 1-4 or equivalent knowledge or interview by instructor

This advanced course will offer a unique experience of learning Hebrew through historical layers via diverse genres and methodologies in Jewish and Israeli culture, teachings and humor. It will draw on a variety of Hebrew texts from a selection of original sources, including the Bible, Mishnah, Midrash, Medieval texts, Hasidic tales and Modern Hebrew. The anthology of readings will be drawn from the Book of Exodus, Ethics of Our Fathers, the works of Maimonides, Rambam, Yehuda HaLevi, Martin Buber and the writings of the Modern Hebrew renaissance to date (i.e. from Bialik to Amos Oz, Etgar Keret Meir Shalev & more.) A comparative and analytical approach to learning Hebrew, with greater vocabulary and encompassing grammar concepts will be fully integrated into this literature-oriented course. 

 

 

NEW FOR FALL 2017!

ISRAEL SOCIETY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:
From 1920 To the Present Day Through Music
graduate level
MG-HEBRW-525-C1
Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or equivalent knowledge

Travel back to the 1920s to pre-Israel by examining the music and lyrics of the popular songs at that time, and from the perspective of those songs, experience the historical events as they were unfolding. From the 1920s, we’ll move forward in time and events up to today — examining and immersing ourselves in the songs of each time period or event. These songs will serve as a unique lens into history-in-the-making, and provide us with a closer, more personal look at those events and their impact on Israelis. Through our exploration of the music and the lyrics “of the day,” we’ll also experience Hebrew’s continuing revitalization and adaption, and witness Israel’s ever-evolving multi-ethnic culture. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or equivalent knowledge

 

 

 

CONTACT

Sigalit Davis
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Language and Specialist in Curriculum Development and Instruction of Hebrew

617-559-8663
sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu

 

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