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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

Elementary Yiddish (Yiddish 101)


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

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
August 2005 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Speaking and Listening - To be prepared for the examination, candidates must possess basic conversational skills, displaying comprehension of high-frequency commands, courtesy formulae and simple statements and questions, demonstrating an ability to formulate basic responses to them, in addition to answering questions in Yiddish based on elementary-level listening comprehension passages. Reading and Writing - candidates must be able to comprehend simple reading passages, extracting meaning from a string of connected sentences when context or background knowledge are supportive; read vocalized and unvocalized texts; understand the Yiddish consonant and vowel systems; analyze Yiddish words as to their roots, prefixes and suffixes; identify parts of speech; demonstrate knowledge of the basic rules of Yiddish pronunciation; recognize basic grammatical structures when vocabulary is known or supplied and identify basic words for foods, articles and places. Candidates must be able to write all of the Yiddish (Hebrew) letters; supply in writing a few phrases, fixed expressions, names, numbers, dates, own nationality and other simple autobiographical information and translate English sentences into Yiddish, translate an elementary level Yiddish text into English, translate an elementary level English text into Yiddish, answer short questions in Yiddish with appropriate Yiddish responses.


Proficiency exam: The proficiency examination process is intended to measure 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 Yiddish course focuses on practical skills and the ability to communicate and understand Yiddish. Major topics include: the Yiddish (Hebrew) alphabet, writing system (print and cursive), pronunciation system, rudimentary grammatical structures and a vocabulary of basic words.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Yiddish (12/05) (3/12 revalidation) (3/17 revalidation) (3/22 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.