This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Modern Hebrew 1 Beginners and Modern Hebrew 2 Pre-Intermediate.
This is an intermediate Modern Hebrew course. Building on the basics students have acquired at the beginners and elementary level, this course enables them to reach an intermediate proficiency. It also provides students with the cultural background they need for a stay in Israel.
Improving the listening skills to provide a basic access to Hebrew audio-visual media.
Low-intermediate command of conversational Hebrew.
Ability to understand relevant information in newspapers and simple texts without the help of a dictionary. Write short essays on common topics.
Familiarity with different aspects of Israeli culture and history.
The course aims at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Two two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first four (4) times.
Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 140 hours, broken down by:
|Attending classes||48 hours|
|Assessment hours (exams)||6 hours|
|Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities||86 hours|
Learning aim: Use of course contents, including vocabulary items, grammar.
Assessment: Written exam
Learning aim: Use of the target language to communicate with correct pronunciation, Listening/speaking
Assessment: Oral exam
Learning aim: Listening and correct spelling
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.
The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.
If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.
Exam review and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Shlomit Chayat, Sara Israeli, Hilla Kobliner, Hebrew from Scratch/Ivrit min ha-hatchalah, Part 1 (Jerusalem: Akademon, 2000).
Further material will be provided by the teacher
Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.
Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.