Hebrew Language I



 Course Description

The focus of the Hebrew Language sequence is to stress the dual components of grammar and literature. This course concentrates on the development of a working vocabulary in conversational Hebrew. The verb and its conjugation, sentence development and composition are all stressed. Extensive reading and writing both in and out of class are necessary components of this course. Complex verb forms are stressed in grammar. Conversational Hebrew and Israeli publications are utilized throughout the program. This sequence promotes a love for the Hebrew language and to impart skills in conversation, reading and writing. Each succeeding course is designed to build upon the students’ previous knowledge.

Course Objectives

Students who completed this level will be able to:


  • in dialogues about school, family, entertainment, personal preference, the weather, or place description – 15 sentences per speaker
  • in an interview: ask questions, answer, report – 15 sentences per speaker
  • express an opinion and support the opinion with reasons – 5-6 sentences


  • short notes (greeting, apology, thanks, invitation)
  • a personal letter -15 sentences
  • an impersonal letter (announcement, request, report) -10 sentences

Read and comprehend:

  • an informative paragraph -15-20 sentences
  • an opinion supported by reasons
  • a short story – 15-30 sentences
  • a simple poem, or a few biblical verses

Listen to and understand:

  • a short dialogue about daily life – up to 24 sentences
  • a simple song
  • a short informative lecture about modern life, tradition and habits

Recognize and use the following structures: 

  1. Morphology:
    • Past tense of the following verb patterns: pa’al, pi’el, hiph’il, hitpa’el (shlemim);(in pa’al)
    • Declension of the prepositions et, im, shel
    • Prefixes and suffixes of the future tense
    • Recognition of regular verbs (shlemim) in all seven verb patterns (binyanim)
  2. Syntax:
    • Agreement of nouns and adjectives in number and gender and agreement using the definite article
    • Three forms of nominal clauses in all three tenses
    • Impersonal verbal clauses
    • Impersonal nominal clauses
    • Two kinds of object clauses: with the conjunction sh’ and with interrogative adverbs
    • Modals
    • Identifying parts of speech and word order

Scope and Sequence

The following vocabulary units will be taught and integrated into the above course objectives:

Unit 1: Household

Unit 2: School

Unit 3: Grocery

Unit 4: Clothing/Shopping


Attendance and participation: 15%

Assignments and homework: 25%

  • Frequent nightly readings and written assignments

  • One large project per unit

Tests and quizzes: 30%

  • Quizzes will be given half way through each unit.

  • Tests will be given at the end of each unit.

  • Oral discussion labs once per week

Midterm or final: 30%