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Hebrew 3 (Upper-)Intermediate


Admission requirements

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

Course objectives

  • 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.


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 lower of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first two (2) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (4 hours per week over 12 weeks) 48 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 86 hours

  • Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours

Assessment method


  • 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 Assessment: Dictations


Partial Grade Weighing
Written Exam 60%
Oral Exam 30%
Dictations 10%

End grade

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 exams.


If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 90% of the exam material. No resit for the tutorial (dictation) is possible.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.


Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

Compulsory Literature

  • Esther Raizen, Modern Hebrew for intermediate students. A multimedia program. (Texas, 2015);

  • Edna Amir Coffin & Shmuel Bolozky, A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew (Cambridge University Press (2005).

Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.


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