College may be the first opportunity you have to study Modern Hebrew. So, forget the myth that you have to start learning another language in childhood.
College can help young adults become faster and more effective language learners than small children. With a little imagination and hard work, Hebrew studies at Lafayette can lead to an amazing study-abroad experience. For each additional year of language studies, research shows a wide range of benefits, including improved verbal and math scores on entrance exams (GREs, MCATs, LSATs). Advanced language studies lead to greater opportunities for admission to graduate and professional schools and greater access to career-oriented jobs.
Fundamentals of the spoken and written modern language are taught, as are the development of listening and speaking skills, and the ability to read and write standard, un-vowelled texts. Introduction to the culture of Israel. Class/laboratory.
Review and expansion of the basic grammar, vocabulary, and idioms. Development of skills of self-expression and conversation. Readings in short stories and in newspaper and magazine articles, and monitoring of television broadcasts in the language laboratory to gain a deeper understanding of Israeli culture.
These courses are intended to expand the student’s basic capabilities in the four linguistic skills-listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Enrichment of written grammar with emphasis on the expansion of vocabulary and stylistics. Examination of cultural and contemporary issues through use of texts, films, television, music, and the internet.
Prerequisite: Hebrew 112, equivalent proficiency, or permission of the instructor
Please see the Lafayette Course Catalog for official descriptions of the Hebrew courses and other subjects offered by the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.
Please see the Course and Exam Schedule for a current list of courses and times, including special-topics courses not listed in the permanent Course Catalog.