Middlebury Language Schools

 

Tomer Levi

Associate Professor and Director of the School in Israel

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Dr. Tomer Levi, Director of the Brandeis University/Middlebury Program in Israel.A native of Haifa, Tomer received his BA (1998) and MA (2001) in History of the Jewish People from Haifa University. He then moved to the U.S. to study at Brandeis University, where he focused his studies on the modern history of Jews in the world of Islam. While at Brandeis, Tomer worked with the Hebrew faculty, and gained experience in Hebrew language instruction. He also taught Hebrew at Tufts University. After receiving his PhD from Brandeis, Tomer returned to Israel (2009), and continued his research as a post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University, where he now serves as the director of the Brandeis University/Middlebury Program.

 

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HEBM 3301 - Intermediate Hebrew II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-mid" according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students will continue to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and will continue to master the language while increasing vocabulary through extensive reading. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced-low" or "advanced-mid” depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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HEBM 3302 - Intermediate Hebrew II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-mid" according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students will continue to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and will continue to master the language while increasing vocabulary through extensive reading. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced-low" or "advanced-mid” depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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HEBM 3303 - Intermediate Hebrew II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-mid" according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students will continue to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and will continue to master the language while increasing vocabulary through extensive reading. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced-low" or "advanced-mid” depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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HEBM 3398 - Intermediate Hebrew III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-high” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced- mid" or "advanced-high" depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2013

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HEBM 3399 - Intermediate Hebrew III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-high” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced- mid" or "advanced-high" depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2013

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HEBM 3400 - Intermediate Hebrew III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-high” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced- mid" or "advanced-high" depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2013

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HEBM 6610 - Theories and Methodologies      

The goal of the course is to introduce the main theories and methodologies in the field of learning and teaching foreign languages. Students in this course will also become familiar with the Proficiency Approach as a way to integrate the learned theories and methodologies, and as a tool to conceptualize frameworks for curriculum development. Students in the course will also be required to observe a Hebrew language class and submit biweekly written and oral reports of their observations.

Textbooks:
Teaching Language In Context ; Alice Omaggio Hadely
From input to Output: A Teacher’s Guide to Second language Acquisition; VanPatten Bill

Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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HEBM 6625 - Developing Assessment Tools      

Developing Assessment Tools for all Language Skills

The goal of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the basic principles for developing both formative and summative assessment tools for assessing their learner’s language skills. Students will experience the development of a variety of test types such as standardized and discrete-point tests as well as communicative competence and integrative language tests.

Required Texts:
Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices; H. Douglas Brown

Testing for Language Teachers by Arthur Hughes

Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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HEBM 6641 - Hebrew Culture Past & Present      

The course will focus on an examination of the intersections of literature, society, philosophy, and politics in the making of modern Israeli culture. Critical study of Israeli culture with special emphasis on literature film, and art as sites of struggle over political and social meaning during times of cultural transformation in Israel. Topics will focus on the historical development of Israeli identity.

Required Texts:
Oz Almog, The Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew
Gertz, Nurith, Myths in Israeli culture: captives of a dream

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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