Intermediate Hebrew II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HBW 202

       Course Name: Intermediate Hebrew II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Hebrew 201 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course reinforces oral and written communication skills. Content includes a variety of speaking and essay writing activities. Topics drawn from contemporary Israeli life and culture.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Actively communicate in Hebrew, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Israeli culture through written and aural class work.
  3. Demonstrate spoken Hebrew in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
  4. Illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. Use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. 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

Week Culture Grammar Writing Exam
1 Binyamia Moshava(Agricultural Community) song writer Ehud Manor Future Tense Pa‘al Ehud Manor/Song Bashanah Habah/Textbook youtub/Bashana Habah  
2   Declension the prepotion El Ehud Manor/song youtub/Achi Hatzaier Yehudah  
3   Future Tense Pi‘el Ehud Manor translation to Hebrew of West Side Story /Film  
4 Kibbutz Degania B (Agricultural Community)
Naomi Shemer song writer
The Impersonal Naomi Shemer/song youtub/Twelve Months  
5   Declension of the preposition Mee Naomi Shemer /song Youtub/Yerushalim Shel Zahav(Jeruslem of Gold)  
6       Exam 1
7 Tel-Aviv and Hbimmah Theater Comparative Adjectives Hannah Rovina the First Lady of the Habimmah Theater in Dibbuk

Film/Recorded Play of the Dibbuk
8   The superlative Expression of Equivalence Hannah Rovina Biogrphy/Textbook  
9 The Queen Rides a Bus/Carmit Gaie The Dual Parts of the Body Hanna Rovina Biography according to Carmit Gaie book The Queen Rides a Bus  
10 Architecture in Tel-Aviv Modals The Buildings of Tel-Aviv 1919-1929

Guest Speaker
11       Exam 2
12 Jerusalem in Books and Movies Hitpa’el Pattern Present and Past tense Amos Oz book/My Michael

Jerusalem in the 20”s century

FILM: My Michael/Director Dan Walman
13   Hitpa’el Future Tense Selective Chapters from Amos Oz Book

My Michael
14 Jerusalem in Books and Movies Hitpa’el- Roots with Initial David Grossman Book /Someone to Run With Jerusalem in the 21st Century

FILM: Someone to Run With/Director Oded Davidoff
15   Hif’il Pattern Present Past and Future Tense Selective Chapters from David Grossman Book

Someone to Run With
16       Exam 3

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class time is used for several activities:  discussion of text and working through accompanying exercises, oral reading for pronunciation practice, role playing, interviews, opinion polls, self-tests.  CDs are used to increase listening skills and expand contact with contemporary life in Israel.

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; complete assigned exercises and submit them on the date specified in the syllabus.  Students are expected to spend two hours per week listening, viewing, and reading assigned audio-visual and authentic material and submit written or oral reports.  Students in this course are required to produce at least 15 pages of critical written assignments over the course of the semester. These may be assigned in a variety of ways including essays, journals, response papers, lab or project reports, etc. The mid-term and final exams will include speaking, listening, reading, and writing components.

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: Latest Edition

Additional Materials: 

  • Verb Book
  • Short Stories by Israeli Authors.
  • Gesher Publishers.
  • Hebrew Dictionary

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A. Exams 1&2 20 %
B. Final exam 10 %
C. Cultural/Writing 15 %
D. Class participation/Attendence 10 %
E. Quizzes (5) 15 %
F. Language Lab assignments (5) 25 %
    100 %

Grade Equivalents:
A = 100 – 90
B = 89 – 80
C = 79 – 70
D = 69 – 60
F = 59 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.