Placement in a specific level is determined by language proficiency. All students, except for complete beginners, take a language assessment prior to the start of the program. The language assessment is not part of the application process.

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Level 1: Beginning Hebrew

HEBM 3101-3102-3103
This course sequence is designed for students with no previous classroom instruction or functional ability in Modern Hebrew. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to initiate, sustain, and close a conversation dealing with familiar topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. The majority of students completing this level usually achieve Intermediate levels in all four language skills.

Level 2: Intermediate Hebrew I

HEBM 3201-3202-3203
Students enrolling in this level are usually those who are able to function at the proficiency level of Novice High or Intermediate Low, according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this class, they will strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of Intermediate High depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Level 3: Intermediate Hebrew II

HEBM 3301-3302-3303
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 Intermediate High + depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Level 4: Intermediate Hebrew III

HEBM 3398-3399-3400
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 Low/Mid depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Level 5: Advanced Hebrew

HEBM 3401-3402-3403
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 depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.

Level 6: Advanced Hebrew II

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least advanced 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.