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Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (3 cr)
A. Weiss
JSTU-H 250 (13446)
MWF 12:20-1:10 (GA 0007)
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 200 or equivalent proficiency
GenEd WL

Meets with JSTU-H 504.

This 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/H501 through the H200/H503 Hebrew courses at IUB. It is conducted solely in Hebrew.

This course reviews the verbal and nominal systems covered at the lower levels, while expanding studentsí knowledge and use of these systems. Specifically, this course focuses on future tense and its forms in Modern Hebrew, as well as on certain new melodic verbal structures. It also focuses on new nominal sentence structures, and further expands the system of prepositions students can use in the language. Finally, the course introduces the culture associated with Modern Hebrew, using primary resources in 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, while also developing an appreciation for the culture portrayed in these excerpts. 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.