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לעברית 220

2015 אוניברסיטת דרום קליפורניה

The Jewish Studies program at USC (aka Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judiac Studies in cooperation with HUC-JIR) Los Angeles

Learning a language at the intermediate level is a challenge. After the first stage of language acquisition, there is a gap between the knowledge accumulated and the abilities to function in the language.

Hebrew 220 is an intensive course that demands full active participation in all activities in order to achieve language proficiency in all four areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course will reinforce existing abilities as well as provide learning tools necessary to move up to the next level.

The language acquisition skills will be utilized through learning about Israeli culture, communities and history to achieve an intermediate - Mid – High level according to ACTFL Guidelines.

http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Worl...

*go to: http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/publ...

This course is the third of a three-part language sequence in which students are engaged learning about linguistic cultural and historical elements that are essential for acquiring Hebrew language. This course embarks upon places, people, art, photography, literature, poetry, films, songs, that compose the the language that is spoken and written today.

In this course students gain better control over communication skills addressed and greater sophistication and complexity of expressions, and growth of psycholinguistic appropriateness. They expand their repertoire to include broader range of conversation topics and tasks.

At the end of the course students will be able to:

make comparison (including cultural comparisons), clarify and restate information, talk about their interests and views. Students use some memorized phrases learned in class but mostly produce original and longer sentences.

Give opinions, express agreement or lack of agreement.

Participate in simulated situations related to the places, people, art, films, theater by using mostly longer and connected sentences.

Translate to English an authentic text of 100 words from different styles (e.g. poems, short report, simple description,simple stories).

Develop a 2 page written composition on memorable experience, trip, or news report.

Prepare a 10 minute oral presentation on cultural topic,social events, quote others in an answer questions about the projects.

write formal invitation using phrases and structures studied in class.

write short emails and notes with more ease

write an invitation for an event

write in the class blog or discussion board weekly

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Course Requirement
I require perfect attendance as the pace of the class is very fast, and the practice opportunities provided in each class are essential for your progress. This class requires a lot of participation; students are expected to practice their oral language skills and develop the depth of their vocabulary in both writing and oral activities. Attendance and participation in all aspects of this course are mandatory. Three absences are allowed, no questions asked no need to show any documentation - plan on these for family event, short illness, interviews, or a day off that you might need as we approach the end of the semester. Excesses tardiness or absences from more then three will significantly reduce your class participation grade. Showing up 15 min late will be marked absence. Unjustified absence for more than ten classes will result in failing grade, regardless of grades accumulated in the course. Students who have to miss nine hours or more because of illness or other justified reason will be advised to drop the class.

I expect active participation from all students. Practice in small groups or with partner only in Hebrew and utilizing the time effectively. Perfect attendance does not guarantee a full class participation grade. Weekly participation in the blog is required and its part of your participation.

Turn in assignments promptly on due date. The exercises from the textbook that are listed in the syllabus and underlined must be submitted on the day of the exam. Additionally, there will be online exercises that are vital for your learning experience in this course. These exercises are a significant part of your exam and must be completed in order to excel in this course. The other assignments for the course are listed in the syllabus in a box text, please pay attention to date of submission, No Late assignments will be accepted for credit. your assignments will be marked, graded, and returned to you for corrections. The corrected summaries will receive a final grade for up to 10 points, which will be your final grade for the assignment.

Reading is an essential component of this course. In order to achieve reading proficiency at intermediate mid-high you are required to read in class and outside of class as well. use www.soundcloud.com for voice recordings. Voice recording will be submitted directly to blackboard. For every voice recording there will be a link from showme demonstrating correct reading pronunciation and questions to address.

Exams: Five written examinations throughout the semester will be given that cover material found in readings, discussions, and lectures. Each exam will be divided into two or three sections; shorts answers from the class readings, grammar section and shorts text analysis. Please note the dates of the exams: Sept the, Oct the, Oct the, Nov the, Dec and. No make ups will be given for exams!(for medical reason please provide the appropriate document)

Checking blackboard daily for course resources and blob participation is mandatory. Discussion board participation is part of your course participation, you are require to submit your thoughtful well articulated responses including pictures, link etc that you would like to share with your classmates.

Final Project objective: Students will be able to present information, concepts, ideas to an audience of listeners on a variety of topics that were introduced in the course. Complete final project according to the guidelines (see Final Project instructions and rubric on blackboard) to demonstrate Hebrew proficiency at the intermediate level (according to ACTFL guidelines).Schedule a meeting with the instructor for the oral part in your final project in order to read correctly and obtain topic approval.
Using technology in our learning is a paramount in this course. The majority of your assignments are technology base. This link has recommended tools to use for your assignments submission and participation. out course is a blended learning, which will require you to practice and prepare material using various links and website. Use the tools from the list provided for your turn in assignments and final project www.webjournalist.org/topics/tools
Course Grading
Attendance and Participation including blog 10%
Reading recordings 10%
Assignments 35%
Exams 30%
Final project 15%
What Do Grades Mean?
An A (excellent) requires innovation, inspiration, and a superior execution of all the requirements of an assignment.
A B (good) meets all the requirements of an assignment very well.
A C (fair) fulfills the requirements of an assignment satisfactorily.
A D (minimum passing) meets the bare minimum requirements of an assignment.
An F (failed) indicates that one has not met the bare minimum requirements of an assignment. Plagiarism will result in an F.
A=93%-100% A-=90%-92% B+=87%-89% B=83%-86% B-=79%-82% C+=76%-78%
C=72%-75% C-=68%-71% D=60%-67% F=0%-59%

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