Intermediate Hebrew I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HBW 201

       Course Name: Intermediate Hebrew I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Hebrew 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues development of basic skills. Content includes general review and expansion of beginning grammar, along with conversation, vocabulary development, readings and writing exercises with focus on life in Israel.

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 complex questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. To use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write 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 A 1. Present Tense of the Verb Pattern פעל
2. Yes/No Questions and Negative Sentences
3. Subject Pronouns
4. Some Expressions and a Review
4-6 1. The Prepositions: בָּ, בְּ, לְ, לַ
2. Some Connecting Words
3. Information Questions
4. Final ה Verbs
7-9 C 1. Adverbs
2. Infinitives (Regular Verbs and Final ה Verbs)
3. The Definite Article - ה and More about Prepositions
10-12 D 1. The Direct Object Marker את
2. The Possessive (של) Construction
3. More Infinitive Forms
4. Direct Object Marker את Attached to Personal Pronouns
5. Review
13-15 1. Nouns
2. Pronouns that Refer to Inanimate Nouns"
3. Adjectives
4. Definite Adjectives
5. The Helping Verbs צריך and יכול
16 6. Review Final exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

There will be a mix of independent preparation and a variety of classroom activities.  Students are assigned segments of the text to prepare prior to class.  Oral exercises, oral reading, in-class writing, and role-playing are representative classroom activities.  Video materials will be used to supplement the text.

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.

Students are expected to come to class prepared for the day's activities.  Written exercises in the workbook must be submitted on the date specified.  Students are required to spend at least two hours per week listening to CDs in the Lab or at home.

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, Book II, by Horin, edition: N/A, Duben Books, 1979.
  • Hebrew‑English Dictionary of student's choice

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A. Exams (2) 200 points
B. Final exam 150 points
C. Homework (5) 150 points
D. Attendence/Participation 100 points
E. Quizzes (5) 150 points
F. Language Lab assignments (5) 250 points
100 points

Grade Equivalents:
A = 1000 – 900
B = 899 – 800
C = 799 – 700
D = 699 – 600
F = 500 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.