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ERIC Number: ED162703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Lower Division Hebrew Language and Literature at a Two-Year Public College.
Garber, Zev
The Jewish studies program at Los Angeles Valley College is discussed with an emphasis on the teaching of lower division Hebrew language. As the first two-year undergraduate program in the nation, it seeks to provide an appreciation of Jewish civilization. The program includes classes in Hebrew language, literature, civilization, Jewish philosophy, history, sociology, religion, Talmud, Yiddish literature and language, the Holocaust, and Jewish-American literature. The language classes are a self-contained unit with little connection with the content classes. Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed as the student is exposed to the structural principles of modern Hebrew grammar, while concentrating on linguistic Hebrew. Instruction in Hebrew literature uses a historical-critical method emphasizing the literature as an interpretation of history; where the instructor takes a more passive role allowing the students to have an interactive experience. A study of those students enrolled in Jewish studies courses from 1970 to 1975 found that 76% were Jewish, 80% were transfer students, and 51% were over 21. The majority were housewives over 35, who were married daughters of immigrant Jews. Fifty-five percent were the products of Jewish secondary education. A syllabus for a modern Hebrew literature course is included. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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