ULHB51010 - LEAP Hebrew 1 (A1)

Course: ULHB51010 - LEAP Hebrew 1 (A1)

Credits: 20

Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Hebrew before.

Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.

Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).

Level of attainment: (A1) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework

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This course is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Hebrew language. It will cover four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to introduce students to the Hebrew alphabet, the basics of language structure and the basics of Hebrew grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct basic everyday conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.

Learning outcome: Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Hebrew;

understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages;

communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;

have some understanding of Israeli society and culture and that of Hebrew-speaking communities worldwide.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation

Teaching and learning methods:

One three-hours or two 90 minutes seminars per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and will be supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching Hours: 69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent Study Hours: 140 hours (not including assessment time)


Semester 1:

Exam Weighting within the Unit Date

Written 30% January, during the University exams’ period Dates to be confirmed

Semester 2:

Exam Weighting within the Unit Date

Listening 10% Week 11

Speaking 30% Week 12

Written 30% May/June, during the University exams’ period Dates to be confirmed

*All assessments are summative

Non-credit students and members of the public need to be aware that written exams will not take place during lesson time.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class-based learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.


Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by:


Maximum entry:

23 per group

Set texts:


Recommended texts:

A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew, Coffin, and Bolozky Cambridge University Press, 2005

Oxford Hebrew-English Dictionary

Hebrew Verb Tables, Tarmon Uval, TamirPublishers, Jerusalem,1998

English Hebrew by Subject, Hanna G. Perez, Joel Yaron Publishing, 2009