Hebrew Language II




 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 conversation on any topic – 20 sentences per speaker


  • press releases and articles in journalistic style in elementary Hebrew of 30-35 sentences
  • a short story partially adapted to elementary Hebrew of 70 – 100 sentences
  • poetry, midrashim, or biblical verses, with  general comprehension, based on key words, syntactic structures, and morphology


  • creating tables from text
  • a personal or historic chronological report ~ 15 sentences
  • a theoretical analysis of reasons, results, and purposes of ~ 2- sentences

Listen to and understand:

  • simple TV or radio news (general understanding)
  • a dialogue in standard Hebrew with ~ 25 sentences per speaker
  • the main ideas of a  simple song based on a single hearing

Recognize and use the following structures: 

  1. Morphology:
    • Normal formation of gerunds in the active conjugations and in the common paradigms: several irregular formations of gerunds
    • Future tense in the conjugations pa’al, pi’el, hiph’il, hipa’el (shlemim); (in pa’al)
    • Common paradigms in the active conjugations
    • Declension of all prepositions with plural noun suffixes (el, al)
    • Declension of all prepositions with singular noun suffixes (etzel, bishvil, l’yad)
    • Declension of prepositins with irregular suffixes (beyn, m’)
    • Past participles of pa’al (shlemim and)
    • Common Hebrew suffixes and patterns of non-Hebrew words
    • The possessive
  2. Syntax:
    • Placement of construct-states (smichut) in sentences
    • Placement of gerunds in sentences
    • Formation of expressions and clauses of cause, time, purpose, result, comparison, contrast, concession
    • Actual conditional clauses
    • Copulas

Scope and Sequence

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

Unit 1: Review of concepts covered in Hebrew Language I

Unit 2: Restaurant and food preparation

Unit 3: Shabbos and Holidays

Unit 4: Bank, money, and financial terminology


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%