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Course Description

Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (3 cr)          
A. Weiss
JSTU-H 250 (31757)
MWF 12:20-1:10 (AC C116)
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 200 or equivalent proficiency
GenEd WL

Meets with NELC-H 504.

TThis course is offered as the fourth semester course of the Modern Hebrew language program. 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. For the former, the course expands on the future tense conjugations in Hebrew.

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 short essays on various topics throughout the semester. Students also develop a new set of Hebrew skills by using their computers for various assignments. Finally, students start to develop instructional skills by completing in-class presentations on new topics in the language.

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.