Ulpan — Modern Hebrew
Through discussion of contemporary political, social and cultural topics and through readings drawn from current Israeli news and social commentary, Ulpan brings Hebrew to life. Ulpan is offered through nine levels of study and is generally taken as noncredit status (in special circumstances, undergraduate credit can be requested).The Ulpan program uses the linguistic-immersion method developed and popularized in Israel. Hebrew College Ulpan is a full-language program that teaches grammar, reading comprehension and conversation skills.
New! Diploma for Level Completion תעודת סיום רמה
We are offering a new track for leaning Hebrew for level diploma for students who want to earn a diploma upon level completion. Students in this track will take 2 – 3 semesters of Hebrew to reach a level completion and do not have to start from a beginner’s level. Each semester, students will receive one college credit.
For more information and tuition information, please contact Tzilla Barone via email or at (617)559-8812.
Courses for All Skill Levels
Courses are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level.
Beginner (Levels 1 to 3)
Designed for those with little or no prior knowledge of Hebrew. Classes are taught almost entirely in Hebrew, and students are encouraged and expected to speak the language in class. Vocabulary consists of about 250 new words each semester.
You will learn:
- To read both block and script letters
- To write basic Hebrew
- Foundations of grammar, such as masculine and feminine, the definite article and basic syntax of Hebrew sentences
- To use basic forms of present tense, infinitives and verb systems
Intermediate (Levels 4 to 6)
Designed for students with moderate ability to write and speak Hebrew. You'll listen to stories and recorded dialogues, participate in open conversations and write short expository passages.
You will learn:
- To recognize and use new and more complicated structures of Hebrew grammar and morphology
- Greater vocabulary
- To read longer passages of modern conversation and abridged stories
Advanced (Levels 7 to 9)
Designed for students with a strong command of both spoken and written Hebrew. The course is structured to accommodate a wide range of student interests. You'll carry on conversations taken from daily life, read texts dealing with cultural and historical topics and explore original literature.
You will learn:
- To write and speak using advanced grammar
- To express yourself in all tenses
- Advanced vocabulary
Hebrew-Language Conversation Group: FREE for intermediate and advanced students currently enrolled in a class
**Students must register with Tzilla Barone before each session.
Comprised of six conversational-style sessions, each meeting will introduce a new work of modern Israeli culture that will form the content basis of the group’s discussions in the Hebrew language. The selected works will be from the various mediums of poetry, documentary film, music, and journalism, and will reflect the many dynamics and layers of Israeli society, culture, and history.
The goal of these sessions will be for students to gain added exposure to the Hebrew language through active listening and engaging in conversation.
Complete the registration form [PDF] to enroll.
Let Us Help You Find the Right Skill Level
Consult with our director of Hebrew language, Tzilla Barone, to determine which level is right for you. Also, ask about the possibility of earning undergraduate academic credit for your study.
Financial Help Is Available
Some limited and modest financial help is available to qualified students. Please contact Tzilla Barone for more information.
"I really appreciated the instructor's enthusiasm. She made every class fun, set clear expectations and respected each person's learning style."
— Beginning student
"The class covered every aspect of learning a language. I'm thrilled with what I have accomplished."
— Beginning student
"All of my teachers have been equal to or better than those during my four years of language study at my undergraduate university. Hebrew College has been a gift!"
— Advanced student
Hebrew Language Coordinator and Ulpan Director
Ulpan students react to "My First Hebrew Test" article
"Most American Jews don't realize how exciting, interesting and intellectually challenging the study of spoken Hebrew is. Aren't those of us, who have already discovered this truth, fortunate? I hope that those who read this article will take it seriously, and that they will be encouraged to sign up for an ulpan course. They will not regret it."
"I think the Hebrew College Ulpan is evidence that any type of Jew can learn Hebrew."
"It takes learning from professionals and in a community classroom to be able to connect with each other and learn and speak together. It takes learning Hebrew grammar which takes time in order to progress to conversation. It takes listening to speaking, to watching videos, movies and reading books to discuss together. It's no picnic but the rewards are enormous."