This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
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 audiovisual 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.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Three 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 three (3) times.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:
Attending classes (6 hours per week over 12 weeks): 72 hours
Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities: 202 hours
Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours
Grammar and vocabulary: assignments and dictations, written exam
Oral skills: oral exam (listening and speaking)
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 (exams, quizzes, projects, etc.). No resit for the tutorial (participation or homework) is possible.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.
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.
Shlomit Chayat, Sara Israeli, Hilla Kobliner, Hebrew from Scratch/Ivrit min ha-hatchalah, Part 1 and 2 (Jerusalem: Akademon, 2000-2001).
Lewis Glinert, Modern Hebrew. An Essential Grammar (3e druk; New York: Routledge, 2005). ISBN 978-0-415-70082-5.
Edna Lauden, Liora Weinbach, Multi Dictionary. Bilingual Learners Dictionary Hebrew-Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew (Tel Aviv: Ad, 2003). ISBN 978-965-390-003-5.
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.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.