Hebrew Language and Culture

Hebrew Language and Culture

Offered On Campus

Learning Hebrew Through Text Study: The
Shlabim Curriculum

Fundamentals of Hebrew

This curriculum is designed for those who want to learn Hebrew by engaging in the study of the range of Hebrew works including classical Jewish texts (such as Tanakh, Hebrew Bible), the siddur (prayer book), classic Rabbinic Works (Mishna), Hasidic and Modern Hebrew texts – in their original authentic language, Hebrew.

Utilizing an interactive and text-based curriculum, students will develop fundamental skills in all areas of language acquisition and literacy: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Understanding the building blocks of Hebrew grammar allows students to excel in their full comprehension of the Hebrew language. Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Pragmatics are specifically addressed in each level in order to allow learners to develop mastery of text and communication in Hebrew. Students study Hebrew throughout its historical layers via diverse genres of the Hebrew literature. While students need commit to the full Shalabim curriculum, course work progressively develops in complexity from the basic “Fundamentals” offerings to the advanced “Sources” course.

 

A)  
Understanding Hebrew Texts: Fundamentals
of Hebrew Course Series

Understanding
Hebrew Texts: Fundamentals I

4 undergraduate credits

HEBRW 120

Students will begin learning basic
Hebrew vocabulary and grammar needed to read authentic texts. The course begins
with an introduction to Hebrew alphabet and its vowels system, basic vocabulary
and grammar (syntax, morphology, phonology and pragmatics). There will be some
in-class conversation in Hebrew, but the emphasis will be on developing reading
comprehension skills. The pace of the course will be brisk, and a significant
investment of study time outside the classroom will be expected.

Understanding
Hebrew Texts: Fundamentals II

4 undergraduate credits

HEBRW 220

Pre-requisite:
A placement evaluation is available; please contact sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu or
617-953-8739

The second semester of the Understanding
Hebrew Texts sequence will enable students to acquire additional vocabulary and
expand their knowledge of Hebrew grammar, with readings of increasing
complexity. Selections from classical texts will also be introduced to
familiarize students with both the shared and distinctive features of Hebrew in
its different periods. The pace of the course will be brisk, and a significant
investment of time in home study will be expected.

Understanding
Hebrew Texts: Fundamentals III

4 undergraduate credits

HEBRW 320

Pre-requisite:
A placement evaluation is available; please contact sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu or
617-953-8739

In the third semester, students expand
their Hebrew literacy throughout exposure to authentic texts from different
historical periods. They will apply and extend their knowledge of Hebrew
grammar to these texts and build their vocabulary, with the goal of enhancing
their ability to independently read and understand Jewish texts in Hebrew.
Connections are made to familiar Hebrew passages from other familiar Jewish
contexts. The pace of course will be brisk, and a significant investment of
time outside the classroom will be expected.

Understanding
Hebrew Texts: Fundamentals IV
4 undergraduate credits
HEBRW 420

Pre-requisite:
A placement evaluation is available; please contact sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu or
617-953-8739

This course is the fourth semester of
the Understanding Hebrew Texts sequence. After completing Volume III of the
Shlabim textbook series, students will read longer selections from classical
texts. Students will continue to apply and extend their knowledge of Hebrew
grammar to these texts and build their vocabulary, with the goal of enhancing
their ability to independently read and understand Jewish texts in Hebrew.
Wherever possible, connections will be made to familiar Hebrew passages from
other contexts. The pace of the course will be brisk, and a significant
investment of time outside the classroom will be expected.

B)  
Sources: Reading in Hebrew (Advanced)

4
undergraduate credits

Pre-requisite: Hebrew 1-4 or equivalent knowledge or interview by instructor

This course focuses on the reading of
Hebrew texts from a selection of sources including the Bible, Mishnah, Midrash,
Medieval texts, Hasidic tales and Modern Hebrew short stories. The anthology of
readings will be drawn from the Book of Exodus, Ethics of Our Fathers, works of
Maimonides, Rambam, Yehuda HaLevi, Martin Buber and the writings of the Modern
Hebrew renaissance. Grammatical concepts will be fully integrated into this
literature-oriented course. Students will enjoy a unique experience of learning
Hebrew throughout its historical layers via diverse genres of the Hebrew
literature with all its teachings and humor.

Sigalit
Davis

sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu or
617-953-8739

To
register http://hebrewcollege.edu/registration

CONTACT

Sigalit Davis
Senior Lecturer and Specialist in Hebrew Curriculum Development
617-559-8663 sdavis@hebrewcollege.edu

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