AAR-SW Friends

Jewish Theological Seminary is offering an online graduate level course designed to improve reading proficiency of academic Hebrew for PhD and advanced Masters students as well as career faculty. See below for full details.


Jewish Theological Seminary

Reading Hebrew Academic Texts (HEB 5999D)

Dr. Nitza Krohn, Instructor (http://www.jtsa.edu/nitza-krohn)

“Reading Hebrew Academic Texts” is a skills-oriented course designed to provide M.A. and Ph.D. students with hands-on training in reading Hebrew language scholarly work in the field of Jewish Studies.

In this course, students will make the transition from modified Hebrew texts on topics of general interest, to longer, original texts written for a professional scholarly audience. Students will gain the language skills necessary to move from a general understanding of texts to precise native-like comprehension in areas of academic study that are relevant to them. Expected outcomes are ability to translate scholarly text into English accurately, expanded academic vocabulary, understanding of high-register Hebrew sentence structure and semantics, and increased confidence reading academic Hebrew proficiently.

Course materials include a textbook (Krohn, Reading Academic Hebrew, Brill 2011), and instructor-selected academic texts geared to students’ areas of scholarly interest and expertise. The texts – posted on GoogleDocs and extensively annotated by the instructor – will be accompanied by exercises in comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, as well as presentation modules (Powerpoint).

Each week students will submit a translation assignment and receive detailed individual feedback. Various translation and language issues and questions arising from the assignment will be discussed and resolved in the weekly synchronous 50-minute whole class session. (The SYNCHRONOUS HOUR is Monday 1:10-2:00.   At  the start of the semester, the synchronous session will be Monday 1:10-2:00 EDT, changing to 1:10-2:00 EST, from November 6 until the end of the semester.)  Each student will also work during the semester, with close guidance, on an individual translation project (usually an article assigned in another course, included in a comprehensive exam reading list or thesis requirement).

Further information about the Hebrew Language Department can be found on the JTS website, at http://www.jtsa.edu/hebrew-language.

Contact Info:

Dr. Nitza Krohn, Jewish Theological Seminary

Contact Email:

nikrohn@jtsa.edu

Contact Info:

Jewish Theological Seminary

Dr. Nitza Krohn

Contact Email:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail