Courses

Hebrew Program Courses – 2016-2017


Course syllabi can be found at Yale Online Course Information

Students interested in taking the Modern Hebrew placement test must meet on Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Center for Language Study on 370 Temple Street, Room 420. If possible, please arrive a few minutes early.  For general information regarding placement testing at Yale, please visit: http://cls.yale.edu/students/placement-testing.
 

Fall 2016 | Spring 2017

Fall 2016


Elementary Modern Hebrew     HEBR 110 / 501      (L1)

Dina Roginsky

  • M T W TH F    9:25 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

  • M T W TH F    10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

A two-term introduction to the language of contemporary Israel, both spoken and written. Fundamentals of grammar; extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension under the guidance of a native speaker.

No previous knowledge required. Successful completion of the fall term required to enroll in the spring term.


Intermediate Modern Hebrew     HEBR 130 / 502     (L3)

Shiri Goren and Orit Yeret

  • M W 1:oo p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Orit Yeret

  • T TH 11:35 a.m.- 12:50 p.m., Shiri Goren

A two-term review and continuation of grammatical study leading to a deeper comprehension of style and usage. Focus on selected readings, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills.

Prerequisite: HEBR 120 or equivalent.


Advanced Modern Hebrew: Daily Life in Israel     HEBR 150 / 503 / JDST 213 / MMES 150     (L5)

Orit Yeret

  • W F 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

An examination of themes in Israeli society. Reading includes editorials and short newspaper articles. Advanced grammatical and conversational structures are introduced and practiced. Conducted in Hebrew.

Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test or  permission of the instructor. 


Contemporary Israeli Society in Film    HEBR 158 / 505 / JDST 305 / MMES 168     (L5)  Areas  Hu

Shiri Goren

  • T TH 11:35 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Examination of major themes in Israeli society through film, with emphasis on language study. Topics include migration, gender and sexuality, Jewish/Israeli identity, and private and collective memory. Readings in Hebrew and English provide sociohistorical background and bases for class discussion. Course conducted in Hebrew.

Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of the instructor.    


Hebrew in a Changing World     HEBR 160 / 517 / JDST 360 / MMES 155     (L5)  Areas Hu

Dina Roginsky

  • T TH 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

This is an advanced Hebrew class which focuses on the ways the Hebrew language is used in Israel for constructing social norms, expectations, and day-to-day experiences. Topics include gendered language, political and PC language, military language, slang, humor, dialects, accents, name-giving practices, and Americanization of the Hebrew language. Materials include advertisements, internet forums, movie clips, skits, maps, political stickers, and newspapers. 

Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of the instructor. 


Sovereignty, Diaspora, Nationality in Modern Hebrew Literature     LITR 418 / JDST 339    

Hannan Hever

  • TH 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Overview of the Poetics, Culture, History and Political dynamics of Modern Hebrew Literature as a national literature over the last 300 years. The course will trace the literary development of its diasporic condition in Europe through the Hebrew Literature that is created in the Israeli Jewish sovereignty. Conducted in English, readings in translation.

 

Spring 2017


Elementary Modern Hebrew     HEBR 120 / 501     (L2)

Orit Yeret

  • M T W TH F  9:25 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
  • M T W TH F  10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Continuation of HEBR 110 - A two-term introduction to the language of contemporary Israel, both spoken and written. Fundamentals of grammar; extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension under the guidance of a native speaker.

Successful completion of the fall term or placement test is required to enroll in the spring term.


Intermediate Modern Hebrew     HEBR 140 / 502     (L4)

Shiri Goren and Orit Yeret

  • M W    1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Orit Yeret
  • T TH    2:30 - 3:45 p.m., Shiri Goren

A review and continuation of grammatical study leading to a deeper comprehension of style and usage. Focus on selected readings, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills.

Prerequisite: HEBR 130 or a placement test.


Conversational Hebrew: Israeli Media    HEBR 159 / 510 / JDST 409 / MMES 159     (L5)                                  

Shiri Goren

  • T TH 11:35 a.m. - 12:5o p.m.

An advanced Hebrew course for students interested in practicing and enhancing conversational skills. The course aims to improve the four language skills while stressing listening comprehension and various forms of discussions including practical situations, online interactions, and content analysis. 

Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of the instructor.


Israel in Ideology and Practice     HEBR 162 / 519 / JDST 319 / MMES 161     (L5)

Dina Roginsky

  • M W 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

This is an advanced Hebrew class which focuses on changing ideology and politics in Israel. Topics include right and left wing political discourse, elections, State-Religion dynamics, the Jewish-Arab divide, and demographic changes. Materials include newspapers, publications, on-line resources, speeches of different political and religious groups, and contemporary and archival footage. Also, this course draws comparisons to American political and ideological discourse.

Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of the instructor.


State and Society in Israel     NELC 155 / NELC 592 / JDST 323 / JDST 785 / MMES 160 / SOCY 155

Dina Roginsky

  • T TH 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

The interplay between state and society in Israel; current Israeli discourse on controversial issues such as civil rights in a Jewish-democratic state, Jewish-Arab relations, right and left politics, orthodoxy, military service, globalization, and multiculturalism. Sociopolitical changes that have taken place in Israel since the establishment of the state led to the reshaping of Israeli Zionist ideology.

Course conducted in English.


Cultural Critique and Israel   NELC 282 / LITR 282 / JDST318 / JDST 851 

Hannan Hever

  • T  2:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Major trends in cultural studies explored using Israel as a case study; focus on the political-critical approach. Theoretical questions regarding the definition of culture; critical approaches to cultural texts; theories of high, low, and popular cultures; the constitution of the subject within the cultural arena. Attention to literature, cinema, music, and visual art. Conducted in English.


Literature at the Limit: Palestine and Israel    NELC 352 / LITR 308 / JDST 350

Hannan Hever and Robyn Creswell

  • W  2:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Readings and films from post-1948 Palestine and Israel, with special attention given to historical and political contexts. The poems, novels, and films consistently probe the figure of the limit - in the geographical sense of borders and checkpoints, as well as in the existential sense of extremity and trauma. Readings include works by Darwish, Yehoshua, Kanafani, Oz, Habibi, Ballas, and Shammas. Conducted in English.