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Modern Hebrew Online

Online Hebrew at Hebrew College

The introductory online Hebrew course is designed to commence students’ natural exposure to Hebrew using the proficiency method of learning Hebrew emphasizing reading, speaking, comprehension and writing. Students should be able to read simple Hebrew using the Hebrew alphabet prior to entering this course. The online platform schoology is used to introduce students to authentic Hebrew language materials including videos, texts, music etc. Students use online applications such as wizer to respond to real life situations demonstrating their growing proficiency in the four domains of natural language acquisition: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Assessment tools are built into the platform allowing students to see evidence of their own progress as well as instructor feedback. In addition, a weekly online face to face oral Hebrew session is hosted by the instructor for the class group which is a requirement of the course.

Level 1 continues in the proficiency method of learning Hebrew which emphasizes immersion in the language for the purpose of absorbing and acquiring the language naturally. The online platform schoology is used to introduce students to authentic Hebrew language materials including videos, music, poetry, texts etc. Students use online applications such as wizer to respond to real life situations and scenarios in Hebrew demonstrating growing proficiency in reading, speaking, comprehension and writing. Materials used develop knowledge of contemporary Israeli culture as well as Jewish life. Assessment tools are built into the platform allowing students to see evidence of their own progress. In addition, a weekly online face to face oral Hebrew session for the class group is hosted by the instructor which is a requirement of the course. 

Levels 2,3,4 currently use the Mastery approach to learning Hebrew emphasizing reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. The textbook Ivrit M’hat-khalah is used completing volume 1 and volume II by the end of level 4. The online platform schoology is used to introduce the exercises and drills for mastery of vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Students complete the work in weekly assignments and submit responses to the instructor. In addition, the instructor hosts a weekly face to face online Hebrew conversation group for students at the same level. Students can opt for a fast track that completes a level in a semester or a regular track that completes the level in two semesters.

Course Descriptions

Mechina (low novice)

The mechina program prepares students to participate in Hebrew College’s online Hebrew course by providing a basic foundation. Assuming a rudimentary knowledge of the alphabet, the program systematically reinforces Hebrew reading while also providing basic vocabulary and grammar, including gender and number agreement in Hebrew nouns and verbs, the conjugation of select verbs in the present tense, and the use of specific interrogative words, prepositions, and conjunctions.  The program utilizes a proficiency approach to Hebrew learning, providing opportunities to encounter “authentic” learning materials in written, audio, and video formats in both receptive and expressive modes.  The mechina program focuses on everyday language relating to personal introductions, food and eating, transportation, and even some Hebrew slang. 

Hebrew 1A (novice)

This first level Hebrew course provides students with opportunities to improve their Hebrew proficiency by encountering “authentic” Hebrew sources relating to real estate, Israeli geography, the shuk (Israeli outdoor market), the supermarket, and the mall.  The course focuses on the use of present tense verbs, use of the infinitive form of verbs, recognition of past tense verbs,  use of cardinal numbers, number and gender agreement between nouns and adjectives including numbers, the use of interrogative words and conjunctions, and basic Hebrew syntax. Students also learn about Israeli culture by listening to popular Israeli music, viewing segments of Israeli television programs and documentary clips, and learning about Israeli currency. 

CONTACT

Marcia Spellman 
Hebrew College Admissions
617-559-8610 
mspellman@hebrewcollege.edu

Tzilla Barone
Hebrew Language Coordinator & Ulpan Director
617-559-8812
tbarone@hebrewcollege.edu

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