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Modern Hebrew 3 Intermediate


Admission requirements

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.

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 of Reference (CEFR).

Skill CEFR Level
Reading B2
Writing B1
Listening B1
Speaking B1


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 two (2) times.

Course Load

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

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

  • Preparing for 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
Reading 20%
Writing 20%
Listening 20%
Speaking 20%
Participation 20%

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 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.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.

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 this course. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Shlomit Chayat, Sara Israeli, Hilla Kobliner, Hebrew from Scratch/Ivrit min ha-hatchalah, Part 2 (Jerusalem: Akademon, 2000-2001).

  • Lewis Glinert, Modern Hebrew. An Essential Grammar (3rd issue; 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.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. M.F.J. Baasten

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


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