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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Intermediate Modern Hebrew (Hebrew 201)

Location: 
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length: 

Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.

Dates: 
December 2004 - Present
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Speaking and Listening - To be prepared for the examination, candidates must be able to: understand complete spoken sentences including compound sentences in familiar contexts and longer stretches of discourse pertaining to various topics and situations; work out the meaning of longer utterances; and answer aural questions in Hebrew after listening to an intermediate level Hebrew story. Reading and Writing - candidates must be able to consistently identify the who, what, when and where in short connected texts on basic subjects; work out the meaning of longer passages using textual cues; identify most past, present, and future tense forms of frequent verbs in all Hebrew verb patterns, thereby grasping the chronological sequence of events; meet practical and social writing needs on topics related to the writer's immediate environment, such as biographical details, school and work; take brief notes on familiar topics and respond in writing to personal questions; write in somewhat descriptive paragraphs, demonstrating full control of simple sentences and use of more complex sentences linked by conjunctions; translate an intermediate level Hebrew text into English; translate an intermediate level English text into Hebrew; and compose two short paragraphs on chosen topics.

Instruction: 

Proficiency exam: The proficiency examination process measures a body of knowledge that candidates have acquired through prior learning experiences. Self-Study Format: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. The three Modern Hebrew exams focus on practical skills and the ability to communicate and understand Modern Hebrew (as opposed to the Biblical Hebrew exams, which focus on grammar and Biblical text). Major content areas include: vocabulary sufficient for basic comprehension of simple informative texts such as non-technical advertisements, personal notes and messages and is designed to test for an emerging, although not totally consistent ability to understand advanced level texts featuring description and narration. NOTE: Candidates are only eligible to take the Intermediate Biblical Hebrew exam upon passing the Elementary Biblical Hebrew exam or after successful completion of an elementary course in Biblical Hebrew. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Hebrew (5/05) (3/12 revalidation) (3/17 revalidation). NOTE: A discrete credit recommendation has been established for each language proficiency examination. Some academic institutions may limit the amount of credit that students may earn in this subject area due to certain degree requirements.

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