Adult Hebrew Language Institute Group Classes and Private Tutorial Founder and Instructor: Barbara S. Ridberg

Class Descriptions

Beginning Hebrew

Pre-requisite:

This class is designed for those students with either limited familiarity or no familiarity with the Hebrew language.

Goals:

Students will acquire the skill of reading Hebrew; writing in cursive and using simple Hebrew expressions in conversation. The students will acquire high frequency vocabulary and will learn the present tense of commonly used verbs.

Materials

Original work in reading and writing acquisition, created by the instructor.

Hebrew Reader: Yesh Lanu Llama, Books I and II and accompanying workbooks.

Advanced Beginning Hebrew

Pre-requisite:

This class is designed for those students who can read Hebrew with ease. Cursive writing is also desirable, and can be self taught over a couple of weeks, if needed.

Goals:

Students will increase their reading fluency, vocabulary and their ability to use the Hebrew language in simple conversation, including words in common use in Israel today. The students will learn the past tense of frequently used verbs. Reading without vowels is introduced.

Materials:

Mansoor, M., Contemporary Hebrew, Behrman House Publishers, Inc., New Jersey, 1977.

Selected portions from Band, O. and Bergman, B. Hebrew: A Language Course, Level I, Behrman House Publishers, Inc., New Jersey 1988.

Selected portions from Ringvald, V., Porath, B., et al. Brandeis Modern Hebrew, University Press of New England, New Hampshire, 2003.

Selected Articles from Bereishit, Hebrew Language Newspaper for early learners

Intermediate Hebrew

Pre-Requisite:

This class is designed for the more advanced Hebrew learners who already know how to speak some conversational Hebrew and are able to read Hebrew and write cursive. The class is conducted in Hebrew, in a relaxed atmosphere of easy exchange.

Students should be able to make a brief presentation (5 minutes) in Hebrew about a chosen topic.

Goals:

The students will acquire an increasing ability to speak Hebrew as their vocabulary and Hebrew language usage progresses. New vocabulary is used in written sentences and dicatation is given weekly, so as to improve the student's auditory and visual acuity. The students will learn and use the future tense of commonly used verbs.

Materials:

Selected articles from Yanshuf, a Hebrew language newspaper for advanced learners.

Selected stories and poems from Hebrew Reader: Israeli Prose and Poetry, Ora Band, editor, Behrman House Publishers, 1991.

Selected portions from Ringvald, V., Porath, B., et al. Brandeis Modern Hebrew, University Press of New England, New Hampshire, 2003.

Selected songs from collections of the Hebrew Song, a subject area made known by popular Israeli composers of the 20th century.