Language Courses

Language Courses 2017-18

Many language courses are listed with undergraduate-level numbers but can also be taken for credit by graduate students.

Elementary Classical Hebrew I-II-III (HEBR 10101-10102-10103)

The purpose of this three-quarter sequence is to enable the student to read biblical Hebrew prose with a high degree of comprehension. The course is divided into two segments: (1) the first two quarters are devoted to acquiring the essentials of descriptive and historical grammar (including translation to and from Hebrew, oral exercises, and grammatical analysis); and (2) the third quarter is spent examining prose passages from the Hebrew Bible and includes a review of grammar.

HEBR 10101. Elementary Classical Hebrew I (= JWSC 22000).

Essentials of descriptive and historical grammar (including translation to and from Hebrew, oral exercises, and grammatical analysis). Note: This class meets 5 times a week. Autumn. S. Creason.

HEBR 10102. Elementary Classical Hebrew II (= JWSC 22100).

Essentials of descriptive and historical grammar (including translation to and from Hebrew, oral exercises, and grammatical analysis). Note: This class meets 5 times a week. PQ: HEBR 10101 or equivalent. Winter. S. Creason.

HEBR 10103. Elementary Classical Hebrew III (= JWSC 22200).

Examination of prose passages from the Hebrew Bible and a review of grammar. Note: This class meets 5 times a week. PQ: HEBR 10102. Spring. S. Creason.

Introductory Modern Hebrew I-II-III (HEBR 10501-10502-10503)

This three quarter course introduces students to reading, writing, and speaking modern Hebrew. All four language skills are emphasized: comprehension of written and oral materials; reading of nondiacritical text; writing of directed sentences, paragraphs, and compositions; and speaking. Students learn the Hebrew root pattern system and the seven basic verb conjugations in both the past and present tenses, as well as simple future. At the end of the year, students can conduct short conversations in Hebrew, read materials designed to their level, and write short essays.

HEBR 10501. Introductory Modern Hebrew I (= JWSC 25000).

Autumn. A. Almog.

HEBR 10502. Introductory Modern Hebrew II (= JWSC 25100).

PQ: HEBR 10501 or equivalent. Winter. A. Almog.

HEBR 10503. Introductory Modern Hebrew III (= JWSC 25200).

PQ: HEBR 10502 or equivalent. Spring. A. Almog.

Intermediate Classical Hebrew I-II-III (HEBR 20104-20105-20106)

A continuation of Elementary Classical Hebrew. The first quarter consists of reviewing grammar, and of reading and analyzing further prose texts. The last two quarters are devoted to an introduction to Hebrew poetry with readings from Psalms, Proverbs, and the prophets.

HEBR 20104. Intermediate Classical Hebrew I (= JWSC 22300).

Reviewing grammar; reading and analyzing further prose texts. PQ: HEBR 10103 or equivalent. Autumn. D. Pardee.

HEBR 20105. Intermediate Classical Hebrew II (= JWSC 22400).

The last two quarters are devoted to an introduction to Hebrew poetry with readings from Psalms, Proverbs, and the prophets. PQ: HEBR 20104 or equivalent. Winter. D. Pardee.

HEBR 20106. Intermediate Classical Hebrew III (= JWSC 22500).

The last two quarters are devoted to an introduction to Hebrew poetry with readings from Psalms, Proverbs, and the prophets. PQ: HEBR 20105 or equivalent. Spring. D. Pardee.

Intermediate Modern Hebrew I-II-III (HEBR 20501-20502-20503)

The main objective of this sequence is to provide students with the skills necessary to approach modern Hebrew prose, both fiction and nonfiction. In order to achieve this task, students are provided with a systematic examination of the complete verb structure. Many syntactic structures are introduced (e.g., simple clauses, coordinate and compound sentences). At this level, students not only write and speak extensively but are also required to analyze grammatically and contextually all of material assigned.

HEBR 20501. Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (= JWSC 25300).

Note: The course is devised for students who have previously taken either modern or biblical Hebrew courses. PQ: HEBR 10503 or equivalent. Autumn. A. Almog.

HEBR 20502. Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (= JWSC 25400).

Note: The course is devised for students who have previously taken either modern or biblical Hebrew courses. PQ: HEBR 20501 or equivalent. Winter. A. Almog.

HEBR 20503. Intermediate Modern Hebrew III (= JWSC 25500).

Note: The course is devised for students who have previously taken either modern or biblical Hebrew courses. PQ: HEBR 20502 or equivalent. Spring. A. Almog.

Advanced Modern Hebrew I-II-III (HEBR 30501-30502-30503)

This course assumes that students have full mastery of the grammatical and lexical content at the intermediate level. However, there is a shift from a reliance on the cognitive approach to an emphasis on the expansion of various grammatical and vocabulary-related subjects. Students are introduced to sophisticated and more complex syntactic constructions, and instructed how to transform simple sentences into more complicated ones. The exercises address the creative effort on the part of the student, and the reading segments are longer and more challenging in both style and content. The language of the texts reflects the literary written medium rather than the more informal spoken style, which often dominates the introductory and intermediate texts.

HEBR 30501. Advanced Modern Hebrew I (= JWSC 25600).

PQ: HEBR 20503 or equivalent. Autumn. Staff.

HEBR 30502. Advanced Modern Hebrew II (= JWSC 25700).

PQ: HEBR 30501 or consent of instructor. Winter. Staff.

HEBR 30503. Advanced Modern Hebrew III (= JWSC 25800).

PQ: HEBR 30502 or consent of instructor. Spring. Staff.