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HBRW3610: Modern Hebrew, a Living Language

This unit is designed for students who have successfully completed HSC Modern Hebrew Continuers, HBRW2604, HBRW2632, or have reached a similar level of knowledge. In this unit students will advance their proficiency of using the four interlinked language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. As well, engaging in a variety of text-types, students will gain a deeper understanding of issues of social, cultural and historical importance to Modern Hebrew speaking communities


Academic unit Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
Unit code HBRW3610
Unit name Modern Hebrew, a Living Language
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

HBRW1301 or HBRW2607
HSC Modern Hebrew Continuers or HBRW2604 or HBRW2632
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Yona Gilead,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task exam
Three parts: Unseen text, short answers Grammar & syntax Essay 150 words
30% - 2hrs
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Assignment Assignments
self-study throughout semester
30% Multiple weeks 6 x 140 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Participation Participation
Contribute to class discussion; consolidate use of recent language
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO2
Online task Mid-semester exam
via Zoom
25% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Presentation Oral presentation
Oral presentation; topic of choice via Zoom
5% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Consolidation of previous language knowledge o Description Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Lesson 1 in textbook; Kibbutz; Habitual action; conjugation of על Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Lesson 2 in textbook; Nominal sentences - future; Dual form' conjugation of אצל Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Lesson 3 in textbook; future worlds in Jewish tradition; conjugation of ...מ Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Lesson 4 in textbook:Boris Schatz founder of Bezalel;; Casual conjunction & clause; conjugation of בגלל Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Lesson 4 in textbook-continue; Blue Tzefat; future ע"ו/ע"י Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Pesek Zman II; the Messiah will come to Jerusalem Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 preparation for test: Mid-semester in-class test Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Lesson 5 in textbook; study pathways; future אפעול Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Lesson 5 in textbook-continue; what are they searching for?; future; real condition; conjugation of בשביל Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Lesson 6 in textbook; body language; temporal clauses; conjugation of בלי ; future פיעל Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Lesson 7 in textbook; Yad va-Shem; Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Lesson 7 in textbook-continue; Janosch Kortschak; conjugation of כמו Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.

  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.

  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Books are to be putchased from: Gold’s World of Judaica, 9 O’Brien St Bondi. (let them know you are a Sydney Uni student).

  • Chayat, S., Israeli, S., Kobliner, H. 2007. Ivrit min Hahatchala-Bet (Hebrew from Scratch, Part II) Academon, Jerusalem.

Lessons that fall on Jewish holidays will be poistpond to a later date.

Due to the Jewish holiday of Pesach, the Mid-semester in-class test will be held in Week 8.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. increase your range of vocabulary and expressions you use in conversation both orally and in writing
  • LO2. demonstrate your skills in comprehending unseen written material on a topic you are familiar with
  • LO3. converse in everyday topics in easy Hebrew
  • LO4. use the online resources to compliment face to face learning and enhance self-study
  • LO5. reach a good working usage of the learners’ dictionary Rav Milon
  • LO6. reach a good working fluency and usage of the future tense form of the verb patterns pa’al- ain vav, regular root, lamed yud and, pi’el- regular root
  • LO7. conjugate the prepositions al (of/about), etzel (at), min (of/from), biglal (because of), bishvil (for), b (in), bli (without), kmo (similar to/as) and used it correctly both orally and in writing.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
As per students’ feedback, both in class and USS, the following changes to assessment are: 5 X self-study, 150 words each 3 X quizzes, 100 words total Final test


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