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For more information contact:
Dr. Dina Maiben, Director of Gratz Academy at [email protected]
Online 30 Weeks September 2020 to May 2021
Instructor: Hana Alter
Tuesdays, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
September 9, 2019 – June 8, 2020
Prerequisite: An ability to decode (read Hebrew phonetically).
Students who need to learn this skill can take our Individual Non-credit Hebrew Preparatory Course with Rolling Admissions
This course provides an interactive introduction to Modern Hebrew language. Students will develop facility with the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through reading and discussing short written passages, classroom conversations, video clips and brief written assignments. This course is designed for students who have already learned to read Hebrew phonetically. Students will also gain an understanding of Modern Israel, Israeli culture and will gain insights into the role of language in culture. They will also be invited to compare and contrast Hebrew with English in order to gain insights into the nature of languages overall.
Instructor: Hana Alter
Mondays, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
September 10, 2019 – June 8, 2020
Continuing where Hebrew 1 left off, Hebrew 2 provides students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge of Hebrew through the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing using increasingly more complex language and grammatical forms. Reading short passages and viewing short video clips are integrated with conversations and written assignments. Students will gain additional insights into Modern Israel, Israeli culture, Hebrew and the nature of
languages in general. This course is designed for students who have completed Hebrew 1 or the equivalent. Hebrew 4
With Michal Nachmany
Mondays, 8:00 – 9:00 EST
For students who have completed Hebrew 2 or who attended a day school, this course provides an interactive introduction to current events through the medium of the Hebrew language. Students will develop facility with the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through reading and discussing short passages from newspapers and other Hebrew print media. Classroom conversations, video clips and brief written assignments will round out the class.
Online Fall 2020 Traditional Semester: August 26 to December 15, 2020
Hebrew I: Beginners (HEB 206) (3 credits)
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew language. The course focuses on the development of all language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Prior to beginning this course, students must know how to decode (phonetically read) Hebrew print and will learn the script form of Hebrew for writing. They will also master basic vocabulary and grammatical principles such as pronouns, adjectives, gender and number agreement, prepositions, roots, numbers, special expressions, and the different categories of Binyan Pa'al in the present and past tense. Students will read texts that reflect Hebrew and Jewish culture. Topics include: getting acquainted, home, school and food. (Live webinar classes will take place twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm EST.)
Hebrew II: Advanced Beginners (HEB 207)
Hebrew II Online continues the format of twice-a-week live webinar sessions combined with follow-up reinforcement through a 24/7 website for individual learning and review. All language skills are mastered through more advanced syntactic and grammatical structures. Students will begin to read and write texts requiring critical thought. Hebrew texts that reflect Israeli culture and Jewish History will be read and discussed. A continuing exposure to the history and development of the Hebrew language with a special emphasis on Modern Hebrew, as well as the culture of Modern Israel is integrated throughout the course. Topics include: family life, the daily schedule, the seasons, and clothing as well as travel and leisure. (Live webinar session takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8:00 to 9:30 pm Eastern Time).
Hebrew III: Intermediate (HEB 208)(3 credits)
This course will continue the development of all language skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The emphasis will be on comprehension of modern Hebrew poems and short stories through reading and class discussion. In addition, study of advanced grammar and syntax will include all passive Binyanim, different Gezarot, and parts of speech. (Live webinar classes will take place twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm EST)
Biblical Hebrew I (HEB 210) (3 credits)
Biblical Hebrew provides an introductory experience in the language of the Bible for students who can decode (phonetically read) Hebrew. The course focuses on the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew's grammatical structures and constructs, including its elaborate root word system and its rich vocabulary. After two semesters, students will be able to read and understand selected passages of the Hebrew Bible in the original. (Live webinar class will take place once weekly on Wednesdays, 8:00-9:30pm EST)
Yiddish I (YIDD 201) (3 credits)
This course provides an interactive introductory experience with Yiddish. It is designed for students who can read the Yiddish/Hebrew alphabet. Students will meet twice a week for live online sessions to learn and practice new material and review previously learned content. The course focuses on the development of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students will master basic grammatical patterns, sentence structures, and the present tense. Topics will include school, daily activities, numbers, telling time, and Jewish holidays. The course will incorporate Yiddish poems and songs as well as texts in English that introduce students to various aspects of Yiddish culture. (Live webinar classes will take place twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm EST)