Beginning Hebrew I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HBW 101

       Course Name: Beginning Hebrew I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops basic language skills, within the context of culture of Israel. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication. No prior study of the language presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Hebrew, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Israeli culture through written and aural class work.
  3. To demonstrate spoken Hebrew in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
  5. To use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write simple sentences within the context of what has been studied.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1-3 A 1. Review
2. Present Tense and Future Tense of Pi'el Patter
3. Questions about Objects of Prepositions
4. The Inflection of עם
5. Comprehension Passage
4-6 B 1. The Past Tense of -יש ל and -אין ל
2. The Future Tense of אין / יש , and -אין ל / -יש ל
3. The Clock
7-9 C 1. The Future Tense of ה.י.ה
Time Expressions
2. Expressions with Experiences
3. Some Uses of כל
4. Review Midterm
10-13 D 1. The Future Tense of Final ה
2. The Cardinal Numbers 10-1000
3. The Future Tense of Pa'al,
Ef'ol Pattern
4. Review
14-16 E 1. The Future Tense of Pa'al, Ef'al Pattern
2. Conditional Sentences in the Future
3. Conditional Sentences in the Future
Expressions Relating to Age
3. Adverbial Phrases and Adverbial Clauses
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Traditional classroom instruction, including conversation and grammar review.  Individualized lab work, using a programmed text coordinated with CDs.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Do assigned preparations in time for class.  Accompanying written exercises in the workbook must be submitted on the date specified in the syllabus.  Listen to audio component at least two hours per week and submit lab exercises on the date specified in the syllabus.  Take two unit exams and a final exam.  Short, unannounced quizzes will focus on some aspect of the material covered in the previous class.  Quizzes and exams will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading, and writing elements.

The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices. 

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
  • Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

  • Israeli Hebrew for Speakers of English (BK 1), by Horin, edition: N/A, Duben Books, 1978.
  • Hebrew‑English dictionary of student's choice

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A Exams (2) 200 points
B Final examination 100 points
C Homework (10) 200 points
D Attendance/Participation 50 points
E Quizzes (10) 200 points
F Language Lab assignments (5) 250 points
1000 points

Grade Equivalents:
A = 1000 – 900
B = 899 – 800
C = 799 – 700
D = 699 – 600
F = 599 and below

Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.

In this course at least one speaking exam is required.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.

Heritage speakers may not take this class.

Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:

Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at