Conversational Hebrew

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HBW 105

       Course Name: Conversational Hebrew

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Hebrew 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides conversational practice in Hebrew to develop oral facility. Content includes specially designed exercises in pronunciation, stress and rhythm, vocabulary development. Oral presentations and class discussion of life in Israel. Recommended: Equivalent skill level in knowledge of beginning Hebrew vocabulary, sounds and structures, including conjugation of regular and weak verbs in all tenses.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Build student proficiency in speaking Hebrew.
  2. Refine pronunciation and intonation.
  3. Acquire the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Hebrew.
  4. Use the Hebrew language in the context of real life situations.

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

Week Topic
1 Introduction of course objectives and procedures.
Getting acquainted with your class-mates.
Classroom, University, Library, Cafeteria
1 How to use a dictionary? /Forms
Describe: Cafeteria/Library/Classroom
2 Menu and the restaurant
Menu and the restaurant(continues)
Forms (continues)
2 House/Apartment
Present your own menu/ Your visit to the restaurant (flyer)
3 Family & Family Tree
Instruction for Movies in Hebrew
Present your house/apartment (poster)
3 Movies Theaters
Present your family tree (bring pictures)
4 Someone to Run With (movie)
Record your work on the movie
4 Maps and directions
How to plan a trip?
5 A day in Jerusalem
5 A day in Jerusalem
Present your own trip in Jerusalem-> Midterm
6 The phone and a telephone conversation
6 A movie
Present your personal phone conversation
7 A movie
Present & Discuss a character from the movie
7 Final-> class discussion
Each student will have to present his/her opinion about the movie

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work is organized functionally; that is, it deals with the tasks or functions that form the basis of spoken communication.  Class time will be used to practice using Hebrew in a variety of situations.  Much of the practical application will include walks in the forest and visits to local shops and restaurants.  Individual and group oral reports and discussions will be coordinated with each chapter. 

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.

Regular class attendance.  Obviously, this is a participation class, so your presence is obligatory.  Prepare assigned chapters in text prior to each class.  There will be weekly short quizzes.  Each student will be required to give one oral presentation and will be assigned role‑playing exercises.  Audio‑visual material will be assigned as lab practice.

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.

  • A Taste of Hebrew Beginners` Textbook by Edna Genssar, 1999. ISBN # 0-9672541-0-8
  • A Hebrew/English dictionary of your choice.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A. Participation: 10 points/class question 140 points
B. Presentations: 30 points/presentations 150 points
C. Midterm presentation 35 points
D. Final presentation 35 points
    360 points

Grade Equivalents:
A = 360 – 324
B = 323 – 287
C = 286 – 250
D = 249 – 213
F = 212 and below

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.