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Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (3 cr.) 
Michal Maoz-Levy
JSTU-H 200 #12947
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 150 or equivalent proficiency.
MWF 11:15-12:05 (BH 135)
GenEd WL

Meets with NELC-H 503 

This course is offered as the third semester course of the Modern Hebrew program. It meets three times a week. It addresses the intermediate acquisition level. The course is based on topics covered in the H100 and H150 first year courses of the program. As such, it is conducted solely in Hebrew.

Following the first year courses, where basic sentence structures are mastered, this course introduces the complex sentence structures of Hebrew as it focuses on the Hebrew grammar. To do so, it introduces the conjunct system and its uses. The course provides a solid review of the verbal present and infinitival structures while introducing the past tense of Hebrew. The course focuses on the nominal system by addressing some of its unique issues such as the construct state structure.

Students work on reading materials from the workbook as well as other sources, such as Israeli newspapers to practice their reading skills. A CD set, which accompanies the workbook, is often used to introduce new stories, allowing students to further develop their listening and pronunciation skills while supporting in-class discussions about the topics covered in these stories. Students exercise their writing abilities by writing essays on various topics throughout the semester. Students are expected to present various topics orally in class. Their spoken skills continue to develop when students work in small groups in class, during most class sessions.

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.