This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
This is a Hebrew course for beginners, which provides students with the basics. The course is based on an interactive method, giving space to the student to practice and to make sure he/she is progressing in the learning process. Based on an attractive text book, with audio visual material helping the student to efficiently improve pronunciation as well as listening and fluency skills, the course requires a lot of self-study at home. While learning the language, students will also be introduced to the Israeli cultural environment.
This elementary course familiarises students with Hebrew script and phonetics and aims at giving them the possibility to understand basic structures of the language. With the following course in the second semester, it forms an integrated language course. At the end of the total learning process, participants will be able to read and understand simple texts (with help of the dictionary), to follow simple speeches, and to converse about routine matters.
This course aims at the A1 level of the Common European Framework.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website
Mode of instruction
Three two hour tutorials every week
Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:
• Attending classes (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks): 72 hours Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours
- There is no re-sit test during the course.
• Learning aim: Use of course contents, including vocabulary items, grammar.
Assessment: Written exam and quiz
• Learning aim: Use of the target language to communicate with correct pronunciation, Listening/speaking/Dictation
Assessment: In-class oral/listening performance
Deadline: at most twice/semester
• Learning aim: Use of the target language to write with suitable vocabulary items and grammar
Assessment: Writing assignments
Assessment: Written exam and quiz: 60%
Assessment: In-class oral/listening performance: 30%
Assessment: Writing assignments: 10%
To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
To pass the course, the average has to be 5.5 at least.
If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of a resit.
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:
• Reading and writing;
• Written dialogue;
• Vocabulary and grammar.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
1) Compulsory Literature
Esther Raizen, Modern Hebrew for beginners. A multimedia program for students at the beginning and intermediate levels (Texas, 20152).
2) Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)
Online dictionary Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew: http://www.morfix.co.il/;
Edna Amir Coffin & Shmuel Bolozky, A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew (Cambridge University Press (2005).
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.