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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 Yiddish (Yiddish 201)


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 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 which allow for a high probability of correct guessing; answer aural questions in Yiddish after listening to an intermediate level Yiddish 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 Yiddish 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; candidates must be able to write in somewhat descriptive paragraphs, demonstrating full control of simple sentences and use of more complex sentences linked by conjunctions; translate an intermediate level Yiddish text into English, translate an intermediate level English text into Yiddish, compose two short paragraphs on chosen topics. 


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: 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 but inconsistent ability to understand advanced- level texts featuring description and narration. NOTE: Candidates are only eligible to take the intermediate Modern Yiddish exam upon passing the elementary exam or after successful completion of an elementary course in Modern Yiddish. 

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.