University of Washington
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Office of Academic Services

Thomson Hall Room 111

Modern Hebrew at the University of Washington

 

1. Is there a placement exam for modern Hebrew courses? What class should I enroll in? Students who wish to enroll in a modern Hebrew language class and are not sure what level is most appropriate should contact Professor Naomi Sokoloff by phone at (206) 543-7145 or by e-mail at aosok@u.washington.edu. The 15 credit elementary sequence (HEBR 411,412,413) is offered once annually, beginning in Autumn Quarter. The class usually meets Monday-Friday at 9:30-10:20 a.m. An intensive version of this same course, also earning 15 credits, is offered in Summer Quarter (HEBR 401). The class usually meets Monday- Friday 8:30-11:50. For information on enrolling for the summer, consult the following website: http://www.summer.washington.edu/summer/enroll/. The 15 credit intermediate modern Hebrew course (HEBR 421, 422,423) is offered once annually, beginning in Autumn Quarter. The class usually meets Monday-Friday at 10:30-11:20. To enroll in the intermediate course, students must pass HEBR 413, or pass an examination demonstrating equivalent knowledge, or have the permission of Professor Sokoloff. Students who are native speakers of Hebrew cannot enroll in HEBR 411, 412, 413; HEBR 401; or HEBR 421, 422,423. Students who wish to study modern Hebrew and who are not sure if UW considers them native speakers should consult with the admissions office and/or with Professor Sokoloff. Students who speak Hebrew at home but have never studied the language in a formal setting are often considered near-native speakers. For placement questions, they should consult with Professor Sokoloff. They are usually placed in HEBR 421 or above. Modern Hebrew classes are available to non-matriculated students and to Access students on a space-available basis. Register through UW Extension.

2. What's the curriculum? The current curriculum (2005-2006) is based on the textbook Ivrit Min Hahathalah (Hebrew from Scratch). Elementary Modern Hebrew (and the summer Intensive Modern Hebrew) cover the material from Level I. Intermediate Modern Hebrew covers the material from Level II. These are textbooks developed by the Ulpan at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The first year of modern Hebrew at the University of Washington is roughly equivalent to Level Aleph at that Ulpan; the second year is roughly equivalent to Level Bet.

3. How can I meet the UW foreign language requirements? To meet the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement, undergraduates must pass three quarters of an elementary language course, with a minimum grade of 2.0. Successful completion of HEBR 413 or HEBR 401with a 2.0 or higher meets the requirement. Students who are not enrolled in modern Hebrew classes, but who wish to demonstrate knowledge sufficient to meet the undergraduate foreign language requirement, may take a Proficiency Exam. The exam is administered through the Testing Center in the Office of Educational Assessment, located in 440 Schmitz Hall; telephone: (206) -543-1171; homepage. Information on fees and testing dates should be available from those sources. The test covers material from all three quarters of Elementary Modern Hebrew (HEBR 411,412, 413), and students must pass this test with a score of 75 or higher. Graduate students taking modern Hebrew language classes must receive a minimum grade of 2.7 in order to earn credit toward their degrees.

4. Can I get credit by exam? Students who have learned modern Hebrew outside of the University of Washington and who wish to receive Credit by Examination should consult the advising website at http://www.washington.edu/students/ ugrad/advising/aif/credexam.html and then contact the Testing Center at the Office of Educational Assessment, located in 440 Schmitz Hall; telephone: (206) -543-1171; homepage. Information on fees and testing dates should be available from those sources. Three exams are available.

An exam covering material from the first two quarters of Elementary Modern Hebrew (HEBR 411,412). To receive 10 credits toward an undergraduate degree, students must pass this test with a score of 75 or higher.

An exam covering material from all three quarters of Elementary Modern Hebrew (HEBR 411,412, 413). To receive 15 credits toward an undergraduate degree, students must pass this test with a score of 75 or higher; by receiving a passing mark on this exam students qualify to enroll in Intermediate Modern Hebrew (HEBR 421) and they also meet the University of Washington undergraduate foreign language requirement.

An exam covering material from all three quarters of Intermediate Modern Hebrew (HEBR 421, 422, 423). To receive 15 credits toward an undergraduate degree, students must pass this test with a score of 75 or higher. By receiving a passing mark on this exam students meet the NELC requirements and the Jewish Studies Program requirements for 2 years of Hebrew language study.

5. If I want to be admitted to UW and want to show that my knowledge of Hebrew fulfills the foreign language requirement for admission, what do I do? Individuals applying for admission to undergraduate programs at the University of Washington are required to have completed 2 years of high school foreign language classes. Those who have not met this requirement (and so have deficiency in their application), may take a Deficiency Exam to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of modern Hebrew. The exam, administered through the Testing Center in the Office of Educational Assessment, located in 440 Schmitz Hall; telephone: (206) -543-1171; homepage. Information on fees and testing dates should be available from those sources.

6. Can I transfer credits in modern Hebrew? Students who wish to transfer credits in modern Hebrew language courses from Israeli institutions should contact the Office of International Programs and Exchanges. That office can provide information on the proper procedures to follow. Credits will usually transfer as HEBR 411, 412, 413, 421, 422, 423 or 490. In cases where students need faculty approval, contact Professor Sokoloff. Students should provide a transcript plus information about the textbooks or curriculum they have studied and the number of in-class hours they spent in their overseas courses. Students who wish to transfer credits from modern Hebrew language courses at North American institutions should contact Professor Sokoloff.

7. Help! I tried to register for a course but the class is full. What do I do? Some courses are often over-enrolled, especially the first quarter of Elementary Modern Hebrew. However, enrollments do shift during the first week of classes. Be sure to get your name on the departmental waiting list (contact: Professor Sokoloff, naosok@u.washington.edu). Priority goes to majors and minors in NELC and Jewish Studies.

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