Course Descriptions

AP/HEB 1000 6.0 Y Elementary Modern Hebrew, level I

INSTRUCTOR: Yael Seliger

PREREQUISITE: None. Not normally open to anyone ever having studied Hebrew before either formally or informally. Placement questionnaire is required.

DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to Modern Hebrew designed only for students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew. Classes are communicative, with a focus on conversational skills. Students will learn the Hebrew alphabet and acquire basic vocabulary and an elementary grasp of Hebrew grammar. New vocabulary and grammatical structures are practiced through speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will use computers for additional practice and review of vocabulary and grammar taught in class. FORMAT: Four class hours per week.

EVALUATION: Written assignments –20%; quizzes – 15%; first term test – 15%; oral presentation – 10%; class participation – 20%; final examination – 20%.

TEXTS: Chayat S., Israeli S., Kobliner H., Hebrew from Scratch (Part 1). Note: Students will be placed in a course at a level that suits their previous experience. The Department reserves the right to deregister students who are found, after a proper hearing, to have enrolled in a course for which they are over or under qualified.

AP/HEB 1020 6.0 Y Elementary Biblical Hebrew, I & II

INSTRUCTOR: Ahouva Shulman

PREREQUISITE: None.

DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of "Biblical" Hebrew as represented in the Bible and in ancient Hebrew inscriptions. Students are introduced to the Hebrew writing system, basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. The focus of the grammar is on the Hebrew noun and verb, their various forms and uses. In this introductory course an attempt will be made to introduce students to the reading of biblical Hebrew through small selected units of text.

FORMAT: Three hours mixed lecture and seminar.

EVALUATION: Assignments – 30%; Quizzes (3 x 5%) – 15%; Fall Term Test – 15%;

Final Exam – 20%; Presentation – 10%; Classroom Participation – 10%

TEXTS: John A. Cook, Robert D. Holmstedt, Beginning Biblical Hebrew – a Grammar and Illustrated Reader. Bakers Academic 2013

AP/HEB 2000 6.0 Y Intermediate Modern Hebrew

INSTRUCTOR: Ahouva Shulman

PREREQUISITE: AS/HEB 1000 6.0 or AP/HEB 1010 6.0 or the equivalent. Placement questionnaire is required.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AS/HEB 2010 6.0 or AP/HEB 2010 6.0.

DESCRIPTION: This course is intended to improve the student's ability to read, write, speak and comprehend Modern Hebrew. Although the course presupposes the equivalent of one year of elementary Hebrew, a systematic review of grammar is included. Emphasis is on vocabulary building and comprehension of Modern Hebrew texts through reading of short stories and discussions. Computer Programs will be used for additional practice and review of vocabulary and grammar taught in class.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week.

EVALUATION: Written assignments – 20%; quizzes – 15%; first term test – 15%; oral presentation – 10%; class participation – 20%; final examination – 20%.

TEXTS: Chayat S., Israeli S., Kobliner H., Hebrew from Scratch, Part II.

AP/HEB 3000 6.0 Y Advanced Modern Hebrew

INSTRUCTOR: Ahouva Shulman

PREREQUISITE: AS/ HEB 2000 6.0 or AP/HEB 2000 6.0 (formerly AS/HEB 2010 6.0 or AP/HEB 2010 6.0), or equivalent. Placement questionnaire required.

DESCRIPTION: In this course students further develop their ability to read, write, speak and comprehend Modern Hebrew. Various aspects of Hebrew grammar will be reviewed. Emphasis is on vocabulary enrichment, and comprehension of Modern Hebrew texts through intensive reading, writing and discussions. Computer Programs will be used for additional practice and review of vocabulary and grammar taught in class. This course is recommended for those who wish to do advanced work in Hebrew or to study in Israel. Classes will be conducted in Hebrew.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.

EVALUATION: Written assignments – 20%; quizzes – 15%; first term test – 15%; oral presentation – 10%; class participation – 20%; final examination – 20%.

TEXTS: Cohen, M. Agada Shel Safa Hebrew -- What a Language! Tishler G. Verbs in Transition.

AP/HEB 3220 3.0 Y Hebrew Liturgical Texts: Origin, Contexts and Analysis

INSTRUCTOR: Judith Shapero

PREREQUISITE: AS/ HEB 3000 6.0 or AP/HEB 3000 6.0 or equivalent. Placement questionnaire required.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/HEB 3221 3.0

DESCRIPTION: This course addresses both the geography of the classical Jewish Hebrew prayer text, the Siddur, as well as the overall structure of the text. It focuses also on selected prayers and their internal structures, histories and meanings.

FORMAT: 1.5 contact hours per week for the entire year. This is a three credit course offered over the entire academic year.

EVALUATION: classroom participation – 15%; two research papers – 25% (12% and 13%); Two presentations – 20% (each 10%); Two tests – 40% (each 20%).

TEXTS: Daily Prayer Book (Siddur). Recommended: Birnbaum, Philip. Ha-Siddur Ha-Shalem. New York: Hebrew Publishing Company.

AP/HEB 3710 3.0 W Diaspora, Home, Nostalgia: Modern Jewish Women's Literature

INSTRUCTOR: Yael Seliger

PREREQUISITE: None.

DESCRIPTION: What is "Jewish" and what is "modern" about "Modern Jewish Women's Literature"? What particular issues and attitudes concern the diverse body of works written by Jewish women in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? What connects Jewish women writers in and out of Israel, and what distinguishes their literary cultures from one another? The course addresses such issues as immigrant and post-immigrant experiences, gender and "the Other," identity after World War II and the establishment of the State of Israel, exile and home, responses to the past and to Jewish tradition. Readings include literature written by Dvora Baron, Cynthia Ozick, Amalia Kahana-Carmon, Grace Paley, Shulamit Hareven, Nessa Rapoport, Savyon Liebrecht, Yehudit Hendel, Mira Magen, Ronit Matlon, and Rebecca Goldstein. Readings will be in English, and classes conducted in English.

FORMAT: Three hours mixed lecture and seminar.

EVALUATION: Participation 25%; Four (mini) reviews – 20%; One report – 15%; Mid-Term exam – 20%; final exam – 20%

TEXTS: TBA