Oz Aloni

Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew

 
 work802.443.3624
 Robert A. Jones 59' House 115

Oz Aloni, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. MPhil in Semitic Linguistics, University of Cambridge

 

Courses

Course List: 

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HEBM3155 - Classical Hebrew      

In this three weeks' course will experience, hands-on, various layers of non-modern Hebrew. Hebrew, with its long and complex history, is unique in that many of its layers retain the richness of the older layers, making it a fascinating tapestry. In the classes, which will be conducted in Hebrew within the total emersion environment of Middlebury College School of Hebrew, we will progress chronologically through these layers. We will read texts in Biblical Hebrew, ancient Piyyut (liturgical poetry), Medieval Hebrew of the great halakhic and philosophical works, the classical poetry of Sepharad, Renaissance and Early Modern Hebrew, and Hebrew of the enlightenment period. Our goal would be to experience the classical texts directly, and to improve our capability to cope with such texts. We would also learn about the unique linguistic hallmarks of each layer, and compare them to our Modern Hebrew. As a preamble we shall speak about the place of Hebrew in the Semitic family of languages. The course is designated for student in the high-intermediate level or above.

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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HEBM3401 - Advanced Hebrew I      

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, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM3402 - Advanced Hebrew I      

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, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM3403 - Advanced Hebrew I      

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, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM3501 - Advanced Hebrew II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least “advance” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will be able to use four skills with almost complete comprehension at normal speed, using a wide variety and selection of texts on an array of topics. The texts may include hypothetical concepts and utilize argumentation, and supported opinion. Students will focus on culture specific material, which includes sophisticated vocabulary, idioms, and metaphoric language along with critical writing skills. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced-advanced-high to superior" depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM3502 - Advanced Hebrew II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least “advance” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will be able to use four skills with almost complete comprehension at normal speed, using a wide variety and selection of texts on an array of topics. The texts may include hypothetical concepts and utilize argumentation, and supported opinion. Students will focus on culture specific material, which includes sophisticated vocabulary, idioms, and metaphoric language along with critical writing skills. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced-advanced-high to superior" depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM3503 - Advanced Hebrew II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least “advance” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will be able to use four skills with almost complete comprehension at normal speed, using a wide variety and selection of texts on an array of topics. The texts may include hypothetical concepts and utilize argumentation, and supported opinion. Students will focus on culture specific material, which includes sophisticated vocabulary, idioms, and metaphoric language along with critical writing skills. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced-advanced-high to superior" depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM0102 - Intro Modern Hebrew II      

Introductory Modern Hebrew II
This course is an intensive continuation of Modern Hebrew 0101. Students will expand their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary, will increase their proficiency in oral communication, and will study selections of both audio and visual media related to modern-day Israel. (HEBM 0101 or equivalent) 10 hrs. lect. LNG WTR

Winter 2016

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HEBM0201 - Intermediate Modern Hebrew I      

Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
This course is a continuation of HEBM 0103. Using authentic audio and visual materials, we will place emphasis on developing the skills required for intermediate-level written and communicative competence. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of the forms and style of Classical Hebrew, both of which are necessary for formal composition, interaction, and reading comprehension in Modern Hebrew. (HEBM 0103 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect/disc LNG

Fall 2016

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HEBM0202 - Intermediate Modern Hebrew II      

Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
This is the fifth in the sequence of Modern Hebrew courses that focus on the acquisition of reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills. This course will further increase the students' fluency in spoken Hebrew, as well as their facility in reading authentic texts dealing with both secular and religious Jewish cultures, the literature of modern-day Israel, Israeli history, and current events. By the end of the semester, students should attain the level of educated, non-native speakers of Modern Hebrew, in terms of knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, composition, and communicative competence. (HEBM 0201 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect/disc. AAL LNG

Spring 2016

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HEBM0301 - Advanced Intermediate Hebrew      

Advanced Intermediate Hebrew
This course will reinforce the acquired skills of speaking, listening comprehension,reading, and writing at the intermediate to mid/high level. We will focus primarily on contemporary cultural aspects, conversational Hebrew, reading of selections from Modern Literature: prose and poetry, skits, and newspaper articles. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LNG

Fall 2016

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HEBM0311 - Hebrew: Ideology and Politics      

Modern Hebrew: Ideology, Politics, and the Miracle of Revival
The focus of this course is to introduce students to the history of Hebrew as a modern language. This will be achieved by reading academic and literary texts and examining other media, such as films and plays. We will focus on the revival of the language, paying close attention to the centrality of language ideology in Israeli society and culture. The conflicting historical narratives of the revival period play a role in Israel's political life up to this day, almost 150 years after the revival of spoken Hebrew. We will examine conflicting interpretations of the historical facts: Was the revival an unparalleled miracle? A unique case of diglossia elimination? Or a natural process of creolization? (HEBM 0301 or equivalent) AAL LNG

Spring 2016

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