Modern Hebrew for Beginners: A Multimedia Program for Students at the Beginning and Intermediate Levels

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Modern Hebrew for Beginners—which is now revised and updated—and Modern Hebrew for Intermediate Students are the core of a multimedia program for the college-level Hebrew classroom developed at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 2000s. Within an intensive framework of instruction that assumes six weekly hours in the classroom, the program provides for two semesters of instruction, at the end of which most successful students will reach the intermediate-mid or intermediate-high levels of proficiency in speaking and reading, and some will reach advanced-low proficiency, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

In addition to a variety of written exercises, the workbook includes vocabulary lists, reading selections, discussions of cultural topics, illustrations of grammar points, notes on registers, suggestions for class and individual activities, and glossaries. The workbook is complemented by a website ( that provides short video segments originally scripted and filmed in Israel and the United States, vocabulary flashcards with sound, interactive exercises on topics included in the workbook, sound files parallel to the reading selections in the workbook, and additional materials that enhance the learning experience. The stability of the workbook, combined with the dynamic nature of the website and the internet searches the students are directed to conduct, allows language instructors to reshape the curriculum and adapt it to the needs of their students and the goals of their programs.

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What People Are Saying

Daniel Lefkowitz
This new introductory textbook is far-and-away the most interesting, innovative, and promising development in Hebrew education in America that I have seen. . . . Its strength lies in its integration of multiple modes of presenting Hebrew to the learner. . . . This variety in modes of presentation helps teach students the range of communicative skills they would need to function in everyday life in Hebrew.
Daniel Lefkowitz, author of Words and Stones: Language and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Daniel Lefkowitz
This new introductory textbook is far-and-away the most interesting, innovative, and promising development in Hebrew education in America that I have seen. . . . Its strength lies in its integration of multiple modes of presenting Hebrew to the learner. . . . This variety in modes of presentation helps teach students the range of communicative skills they would need to function in everyday life in Hebrew.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292771048
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 682,385
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Israel, Esther Raizen is associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and former chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in Hebrew language pedagogy and has been an early adopter of computer technology for the Hebrew-language classroom and a pioneer in the production of open educational resources for Hebrew-language instruction.
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Table of Contents

To the User
Notes on the Hebrew Writing System and Pronunciation
0.1 The Hebrew writing system--consonants
0.2 Hebrew vowels
0.3 A note on transliteration and borrowed words

Unit álef
Students in school
1.1 The conjunction [] and
1.2 Sentence structure: The simple sentence
1.3 Gender and number
1.4 The definite article []

Unit bet
More greetings
Subject pronouns
School and work
"want," "be able," "need"
2.1 Sentence structure: Yes/no questions and negation
2.2 Sentence structure: Coordinate sentences
2.3 Verb forms: Present tense and the infinitive
2.4 Vowel changes with []
2.5 Gender: Masculine as the common designation
2.6 Pronouns referring to inanimate nouns
2.7 Repetition of prepositions
2.8 The modal verbs [] can and [] need
2.9 Information questions: Sentence structure

Unit gímel
Where we live
Introducing people
Places in Israel
3.1 The preposition [] from
3.2 Markers of gender and number
3.3 Stress shift and vowel change
3.4 The demonstrative pronouns

Unit délet
Time expressions and tenses
4.1 The root
4.2 Final -heh verbs
4.3 Short verbs
4.4 Adverbs

Unit heh
The days of the week
Telling time
5.1 Definiteness
5.2 The preposition []
5.3 Location and movement
5.4 The use of because
5.5 Sentence structure: Reversal of subject and verb in questions
5.6 Vowels and consonants: Compensatory lengthening
5.7 The verb [] to know

Unit vav
Food and eating
6.1 Nouns of large quantity used in the singular form
6.2 The adjective [] much
6.3 Either-or, neither-nor
6.4 A typical vowel change
6.5 Adjectives
6.6 Negating an adjective
6.7 "There is" and "there is not"
6.8 Sentence structure: Objects fronted for emphasis

Unit záyin
The weather
7.1 Prepositions
7.2 The absence of "it" as a "dummy pronoun" in Hebrew
7.3 The subordinating particle []
7.4 On the pronunciation of the word []
7.5 More about definiteness
7.6 Predicative adjectives and definiteness

Unit chet
Professions and areas of study
8.1 More on information questions
8.2 [] and [] as when
8.3 Third person pronouns as linking elements
8.4 [] in the past tense
8.5 Vocal, composite, and silent schwas

Unit tet
9.1 Compound nouns and patterns of change in nouns
9.2 Adjectives: Agreement in definiteness (review)
9.3 The direct object
9.4 [], the marker of a definite direct object
9.5 Common errors with []: Omission and over-generalization
9.6 Questions about objects of prepositions

Unit yod
The family
Counting The calendar and birthdays
10.1 Numbers
10.2 Ordinal numbers
10.3 Cardinal numbers
10.4 Stative verbs
10.5 More on telling time

Unit yod-álef
The body
11.1 Structures imparting possession
11.2 The construct state--[]--as a structure indicating possession
11.3 [] as a marker pointing to a direction

English/Hebrew glossary
Hebrew/English glossary

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