Hebrew Language Program

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Hebrew Language Program

The Hebrew Language Program at JCHS enables students to function in the Hebrew language at all levels and in all skills.

As a proud member of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) and according to its recommendation, we teach Hebrew  using  the Proficiency approach which helps students develop their ability to perform in all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

While grammar and vocabulary are essential tools for communication, the ultimate goal of our Hebrew program is acquiring the ability to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways in the language. 

The program places special emphasis on conversational Hebrew skills and our experience has shown that the most effective way to retain a foreign language is by making it relevant and useful. Our curriculum includes units taken from everyday life situations that students act out in the classroom.

In addition, informal and fun programs support the program. One of our most popular programs we offer is our famous HebRally. This takes place several times a year when the students experience hands-on activities through different stations and assignments. They get to know Israel and its culture in a fun and engaging way while speaking Hebrew.  Activities include Israeli songs, dancing and food.

Students who take Hebrew Language for 5 years in our JCHS program receive a Hebrew Language Certificate.

Our program allows students to acquire different levels of proficiency while giving them a strong background in Israeli culture and literature. Courses are taught by faculty whose fields of specialization include Hebrew language, Modern Hebrew literature and biblical studies. Some students have been able to transfer credit from our program to their high schools for Foreign Language credit.  Advanced Hebrew is eligible to be taken for college credit as part of our concurrent enrollment program.
We offer our Hebrew program at both the Mandell campus and the Western branch, at Barrack Hebrew Academy. 

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