Hebrew 4

Subject HEBR20006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours - 4 hours of language classes per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


HEBR20005 Hebrew 3 or an approved equivalent.

Please note: Students will be required to sit a placement test conducted by the subject co-ordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed the following subject are not eligible to enrol in HEBR20006:

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Dvir Abramovich


Email: dvir@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

In this subject, students further extend their competencies in writing, reading, speaking and listening by engaging with authentic texts and situations. The focus is on consolidating and developing the skills of reading, writing, aural comprehension and conversing in Hebrew, with emphasis on grammatical structures and expansion of vocabulary. Students encounter and deal with a wide selection of texts and genres such as opinion pieces, popular songs, poetry, interviews and films and such engagement proffers students with the impetus and inspiration for personal expression of a moderate level of sophistication. The acquisition of advanced linguistic structures enables students to begin to express with more complexity their own experiences, wishes and views. The subjects involves features advanced work on speaking and creative writing through reading of contemporary newspaper articles, magazines, short stories, poetry, and film, and enables students to enhance and extend their vocabulary. Students engage and explore contemporary historical and social topics and themes in Israeli and Jewish culture.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • Deploy a wider range of vocabulary about historical, cultural and contemporary themes;
  • use more complex grammatical structures including a greater range of tenses and syntax, to express their opinions, aspirations and views;
  • improve their comprehension of more complex aural genres extend their abilities to express themselves in broader social and political contexts;
  • have strengthened and augmented their skills in Hebrew, encompassing reading and writing, speaking and aural comprehension;
  • use a wider range of vocabulary about people and places including language about historical and contemporary themes;
  • have improved their writing skills through extensive writing in an assortment of formats;
  • be able to use more complex grammatical structures including a more diverse range of tenses and modes;
  • be able to comprehend more complex spoken Hebrew and express themselves in broader social and political contexts;
  • be able to read more sophisticated texts and to practice and augment accurate writing skills;
  • be able to engage with modern historical and social subjects in Israeli and Jewish national thought and culture.

Written exercises and short essays equivalent to 1200 words, 30% (every three weeks), a 30 minute comprehension test equivalent to 200 words, 10% (due late in the semester), a 5-minute oral presentation equivalent to 200 words, 10% (during semester), a 10 minute oral exam equivalent to 400 words, 10% (during examination period), two hour final written examination equivalent to 2000 words, 40% (during examination period)

  • written exercises and short essays equivalent to 1200 words, due every three weeks (30%);
  • a 5 minute oral presentation, equivalent to 200 words, held during the semester (10%);
  • a 30 minute comprehension test, equivalent to 200 words, held late in the semester (10%)
  • a 10 minute oral exam, equivalent to 400 words, held during the end of semester examination period (10%);
  • a two-hour written examination, equivalent to 2000 words, held during the end of semester examination period (40%).

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.


Prescribed Texts:

Materials will be given in class.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/jewish-culture-society
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts - Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Hebrew and Jewish Studies

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