Beginning Hebrew II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HBW 102

       Course Name: Beginning Hebrew II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Hebrew 101 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues to develop the basic skills introduced in HBW 101. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication, within the context of culture of Israel.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Hebrew, making spontaneous use of new 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 increasingly complex questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on more complex selections.
  5. To use elements of additional grammar through longer listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write more complex 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 F 1. The Future Tense of Short
2. The Future Tense of some
Irregular Verbs in Pa'al
3. The Use of Future Tense in Expressions of Wishing and Requesting
The inflection of אל
4-5 G 1. The Use of כדי and - כדי ש
2. Future Tense of Pi'el
3. The Impersonal
4. Review
6-8 H 1. The Inflection of the Preposition –מ
2. Comparatives Adjectives Formed from Names of Countries
3. The Superlative and the Expression of Equivalence
4. Review
9-10 I 1. Parts of the Body
The Dual
Pain Expressions
2. Modals
3.Hitpa'el Pattern' - Present Tense and Past Tense
4. Review
11-12 J 1. More Modals
The Inflection of אחרי
2. Hitpa'el - Roots with Initial
The Future Tense of Hitpa'el
3. Review
13-14 K 1. Verb Pattern Hif'il Present Tense and Past Tense
2. More Modal Expressions
3. The Future Tense of Hif' il
4. Review
15-16 L Review Final exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class time will be devoted to practice, in large and small groups, with structures, expressions, and vocabulary in the context of everyday functions.  Students are expected to have studied assigned segments of the text prior to class, in order to be able to participate as fully as possible.  Workbook exercises provide additional practice in reading and writing.  DVDs will also be used in the course at appropriate moments to enhance the cultural component and to serve as listening practice as well as an additional basis for conversation.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a 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.
  • A Verb Book of student's choice
  • Computer programs

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A Exams (2) 200 points
B Final examination 150 points
C Homework (5) 150 points
D Class participation/attendance 100 points
E Quizzes (5) 150 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

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.