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עברית 120 סימסטר סתיו 2015

About the Hebrew Program

The Hebrew program at USC enables students to function in Hebrew at different levels and at different skills. http://dornsife.usc.edu/jewishstudies/hebrew/

You are about to begin a journey of learning Hebrew and the first thing you should be aware of is that the term “Hebrew” has various meanings. In our context, Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel. additionally, it is a window to understand the Israeli people and their culture(s). Modern Hebrew is just another stage in the evolution of the Hebrew language since ancient times and it contains linguistic and cultural elements from the past. Thus, the study of Hebrew is both the acquisition of contemporary communicative skills and a window into the past.

This course is the first of a three-part language sequence in which students are introduced to linguistic and cultural elements that are essential for understanding the structure of Hebrew (present and past). After three semesters of Hebrew language acquisition, we offer one semester of advanced modern Hebrew. By the end of the fourth semester, students will be able to read classical Hebrew texts and poetry with comprehension as well as other genres in Hebrew from the 20th century, watch film and play and engage in critical thinking discussions.

Required Text Book

Brandeis Modern Hebrew (with a CD)

By Vardit Ringvald, Bonit Porath, Yaron Peleg, Esther Shorr, and Sara Hascal

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Course Requirements

I expect 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 class 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 and utilizing the time effectively. Perfect attendance does not guarantee a full class participation grade. Weekly participation in the blog/discussion is required and is part of your participation.

Turn in assignments promptly on due date. Late assignments will not be accepted for credit. No make ups will be given for exams! your summaries 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 grade for the assignment.

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: 9/17, 10/10, 10/31, 11/18, 12/2.
Reading is an essential component of this course. In order to achieve reading proficiency you are required to read in class and outside of class as well. Select five readings in class from our text and read another five texts outside of class and send me your voice recording. Voice recording: you need to submit five reading recordings using www.soundcloud.com. These recording are a tool to enhance your reading proficiency and are part of your unit assignments. You must practice your reading and record yourself reading fluently. For every recording you will receive a link from ‘showme’ that will demonstrate correct reading and pronunciation.
Practice exercises will be posted on blackboard for every unit. You are responsible to complete all online exercises. Students are required to check blackboard regularly for further information.

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.

Choose one topic from the following topics and create a movie telling your story
• My friends and I
• Moving to Israel -
Finding a place to live, furnishing it, and shopping for food
• Family life - interesting and funny stories to share
living environment - create a town
* Restaurants review
Write a paper about the topic in Hebrew.
(3-5 pages, double-spaced, typed or clearly handwritten).
Prepare an oral presentation (8 minutes) corresponding to your written paper. Use visual aids (power point, I-movie). Be prepared to answer questions about your presentation.
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