Beginning Hebrew I

U of M Catalog Description

For beginners whose goal is post-Biblical Jewish studies or modern Israeli Hebrew. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, and reading/writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials are incorporated.

Class size limit: 30

Sample Syllabus

Student Qualifications

Students enrolling in HEBR 1001 must be juniors or seniors in high school and have instructor approval. Qualified ninth and tenth graders may apply to enroll with instructor approval.

Instructor Qualifications

Instructors apply and are selected by faculty in accordance with the U of M policy governing Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions. Once approved, an instructor is appointed as a Teaching Specialist 9754 (University Job Title and Code) in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Instructor qualifications are determined by the sponsoring University department.

View the Teacher Applicant Handbook for course-specific qualifications and application steps. 

Textbooks

The following are student texts and reference books which are required for the two-semester sequence. Prices may vary slightly depending on the vendor.

Required Texts:
Brandeis Modern Hebrew, Ringvald. ISBN: 1584654597. Brandeis University Press. (Approximately $70 [new] or $40 [used] in 2015.)
AND
Oxford English-Hebrew Hebrew-English Dictionary, Kernerman-Lonnie Kahn. ISBN-965-307-027-4. Keter Enterprise Israel. (Approximately $20.00 in 2011.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all of the texts and readings specified or mandated by the University of Minnesota? If not, what are some of the choices?
Hebrew teachers offering U of M courses through College in the Schools use the same textbooks as their counterparts teaching on the U of M campus. Teachers have choices in the supplementary materials, such as readers, films, and internet exercises.

Do teachers have a choice in assignments? Are there required assignments?
Teachers are required to cover the material, but they have flexibility in how they cover it. Individual teachers adjust the syllabus to fit their school's schedule.

Who creates the exams?
The exams are created by the Hebrew faculty coordinator and are modified by CIS teachers as needed.

Is there a mentoring system for Hebrew teachers new to CIS?
Yes. Experienced instructors help new teachers get accustomed to the system. Teachers frequently email one another with questions and share materials with the whole group. Teachers also benefit from two new teacher workshops that focus on both course content and University processes.

High school class schedules vary: can a teacher in the block system teach U of M Hebrew?
Yes. All CIS courses have the same minimum number of contact hours as the on-campus sections.

What other recommendations or comments can you offer to prospective CIS Hebrew teachers?
The collegial atmosphere fostered by our Hebrew teachers is a real strength of our program. CIS teachers work together and share materials and ideas regularly.

What happens at typical teacher workshops?
CIS teachers attend professional development workshops each term to stay current with U of M curriculum and the CIS program, to learn about innovative research, network, and share materials. Workshops serve as faculty meetings with course and program development discussions with special attention dedicated to content, pedagogy, and assessment of the college courses.

High Schools Offering This Course

Talmud Torah of St. Paul
Yachad