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Hebrew 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Hebrew 1 Beginners.


This is an elementary Modern Hebrew course. Building on the basics students have acquired at the Beginners level, this course will enable them to reach a solid intermediate proficiency by the end of the semester. Communicative skills as well as grammar basics will be activated through the multimedia program used in the previous course, and added materials from newspapers and literary texts, besides. The course uses an interactive method, giving space to the student to practice and to make sure he/she is progressing in the learning process.

Course objectives

  • Converse about routine matters

  • Read simple texts and understand basic information in it without the help of the Dictionary

  • Write informal notes

  • General understanding of the basic aspects of Israeli culture
    The course aims at the A1/A2 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.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Atending classes(6 hrs per week over 12 weeks): 72 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours

Assessment method


  • There is no re-sit test during the course.

  • Use of the target language to communicate with correct pronunciation, vocabulary items and grammar, In-class oral performance (Listening/ Dictation/speaking) 40 %

  • Use of course contents, including vocabulary items, grammar. Written exam and quiz 60%

  • Use of the target language to write with suitable vocabulary items and grammar. Writing assignments 10% 1 time


Assessment: Written exam and quiz: 60%
Assessment: In-class oral/listening performance: 40%

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.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

1) Compulsory Literature
Esther Raizen, Modern Hebrew for beginners. A multimedia program for students at the beginning and intermediate levels (Texas, 20152);
id., Modern Hebrew for intermediate students. A multimedia program. (Texas, 20152);
Edna Amir Coffin & Shmuel Bolozky, A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew (Cambridge University Press (2005).
2) Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)
Online dictionary Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew:;


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. H. Neudecker


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.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.