Course Description

Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (3 cr)            
A. Weiss
NELC-H 504 (31822)
MWF 12:20-1:10 (AC C116)
P: Grade of C or higher in NELC-H 503 or equivalent proficiency
Meets with JSTU-H 250

This course is offered as the fourth semester course of the Modern Hebrew language track. It addresses the advanced-intermediate level. The course is based on topics covered in the H100, H150 and H200 Hebrew courses at IUB. It is conducted solely in Hebrew. The course offers a thorough review of the foundations of grammar in Modern Hebrew. The course thus offers a solid review of the verbal as well as the nominal systems of the language.

Students work on reading materials from the workbook as well as other sources, such as Israeli newspapers and internet resources, in order to practice their reading skills. Students exercise their writing abilities by writing essays on various topics throughout the semester. Students also develop a new set of Hebrew skills by using their computers for various assignments.

The course offers an introduction to the Israeli media as students work on brief excerpts from Israeli TV broadcasts. These provide an opportunity for students to work on their verbal skills. The class sessions offer many daily discussions and a few in-class presentations, both collaboratively and individually. By being immersed in the language, students prepare themselves for any special-topic advanced-Hebrew course as well as any literary work in the language.

This course provides students with the opportunity to recognize and appreciate a different language and culture than their own. As such, it encourages the acceptance of alternate perceptions, as those are based in the cultural differences. Students learn to tolerate and accept cultural and linguistic differences, when they use Israeli media resources and when they discuss written texts, while developing their foreign communication skills to communicate with the instructor and their peers in the Hebrew language.