Courses

HEBREW PROGRAM COURSES 2019-2020

Fall 2019

HEBR 110 / 501  Elementary Modern Hebrew 

(L1)    Dina Roginsky 

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.

MTWTHF 10:30–11:20, Dina Roginsky

MTWTHF 1:30–2:20, Dina Roginsky

HEBR 130 / 502a  Intermediate Modern Hebrew 

(L3)  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 120 or a placement test.

MTWTHF 10:30–11:20

MTWTHF 11:30–12:20

HEBR 150 / 503 /JDST213 / MMES150  Advanced Modern Hebrew: Daily Life in Israel 

(L5)   Orit Yeret

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 instructor.  MW 11:35-12:50

HEBR 167 / JDST402 / MMES166  Creative Writing in Hebrew 

(L5)   Orit Yeret

An advanced language course with focus on creative writing and self-expression. Students develop knowledge of modern Hebrew, while elevating writing skills based on special interests, and in various genres, including short prose, poetry, dramatic writing, and journalism. Students engage with diverse authentic materials, with emphasis on Israeli literature, culture, and society. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test or permission of instructor.  

TTH 9:00-10:15

Spring 2020

HEBR 120 / HEBR 501 Elementary Modern Hebrew 

(L2)   Orit Yeret

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

MTWTHF 9:25–10:20 or 10:30–11:20 

HEBR 140 / HEBR 502 Intermediate Modern Hebrew 

(L4)  Orit Yeret

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. 

TTH 1:00–2:15

HEBR 158 / 505 /JDST305 / MMES168 Contemporary Israeli Society in Film 

(L5) Area Hu     Shiri Goren

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 a sociohistorical background and bases for class discussion. Course conducted in Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of instructor.     

 TTH 11:35–12:50

NEW COURSE Languages In Dialogue Hebrew and Arabic

HEBR 169, HEBR 578, MMES 162, JDST 403

(L5)    Dina Roginsky   

Hebrew and Arabic are closely related as sister Semitic languages. They have a great degree of grammatical, morphological, and lexical similarity. Historically, Arabic and Hebrew have been in cultural contact in various places and in different aspects. This advanced L5 language class explores linguistic similarities between the two languages as well as parallel current cultural aspects between the communities. Students benefit from regular meetings with the counter class, in which similar topics are discussed. The shared meetings enable learners of both languages to participate together in one class, to bring to light the similarities between the two sister languages and to explore key social issues based on mutual respect while focusing on cultural and linguistic aspects of the material. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of instructor. 

TTH 2:30-3:45

HEBR 164 / JDST 417 / MMES 167  From Biblical to Modern Hebrew

(L5)    Dina Roginsky

The course explores contemporary controversies of Israeli society by examining recent cultural production such as novelistic writing, films, poetry, newspaper articles, new media, advertisement, and television shows. Discussions include migration and the construction of the Sabra character; ethnicity and race: the emergence of Mizrachi voice; women in Israeli society; private and collective memory; minority discourse: Druze, Russian Jews; Israeli masculinity and queer culture. Course conducted in Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of instructor

TTH 11:35–12:50