ULHB51020 - LEAP Hebrew 2

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of LEAP Hebrew 1 or equivalent
  • Co-requisiteIf 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).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of the Hebrew language, who are already familiar with the script, and who have a basic understanding of the grammar system. The course aims to develop skills acquired in LEAP Hebrew 1 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the fundamentals of grammar already acquired. The course introduces students to a wider range of vocabulary to enable them to read longer texts and conduct a more general everyday conversation in familiar topics of everyday communication. Topics covered in LEAP Hebrew 1 will be revised and extended and new themes will be introduced which will develop students’ understanding of Israeli society and culture and that of Hebrew-speaking communities worldwide.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate better understanding and knowledge of key grammar points and language structure with appropriate usage
  • demonstrate reasonable competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics;
  • communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics;
  • independently write short texts on limited familiar topics.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and teamwork, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning  

This course uses a web-based learning environment called Blackboard as a supplement to support and manage aspects of teaching and learning. Every student should try to log into Blackboard as early as possible in the year. Students will find class materials, feedback as well as a variety of extra resources to consolidate the grammar learned in class and to encourage independent learning.

The course will also have a facility for participants to engage and participate in the class remotely using ‘Go to Meeting’.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)

Assessment

  • Semester on: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Convenor

Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

Sigal Altman

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

First and Foremost, Hebrew for Beginners and More, Textbook + Workbook 978-965-350-187-4

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      

Pathway 

ULHB51030 LEAP Hebrew 3

Employability

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures. This unit will be particularly useful for those considering working in Israel or for Israeli companies. Relevant skills are oral and written communication, analysis and problem solving, intercultural awareness, and competence.