Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT006K (AF:272243 AR:158366)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course is one of the core seminars of the second year of the BA degree Licsaam and aims at giving students elementary tools in modern Hebrew (CEFR levels A2-B1), consolidating the knowledge of the language and basing upon what students did in the first year of study.
Its objective is the development of the linguistic skills with special emphasis on the main morphological and syntactical structures of modern Hebrew, and their written and oral application. Additionally, students will begin to familiarise with modern Hebrew literature from a linguistic and historical point of view, enabling him/her to further continue in the study of the subject in the future and more generally to contextualise it in the history of modern Middle Eastern languages and literatures.
1. Knowledge and comprehension: ● Knowing modern Hebrew at elementary level and understanding texts in this language; ● Knowing various characteristics of modern Hebrew and understanding their interaction.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension: ● Being able to correctly utilize Hebrew in some of the processes of application and communication basing on the knowledge acquired; ● Being able to operate a linguistic and grammar analysis of different aspects of modern Hebrew; ● Being able to apply linguistic skills in order to analyze simple textual typologies.
3. Judgement ability: ● Being able to formulate hypothesis, developing also a critical approach to the evaluation of alternatives.
4. Communication skills: ● Being able to communicate in basic fields of daily life, and not only, in modern Hebrew; ● Interacting with the lecturer and the other students respectfully.
5. Learning abilities: ● Being able to take notes and share them; ● Consulting critically the reference texts and the bibliography.

At the end of the course, students will acquire a good knowledge of modern Hebrew both in the written and oral dimension (CEFR levels A2-B1).
Additionally, they will be able to analyze simple (literary) texts, contextualizing them from a historical and cultural point of view.
The course is destined to students who already attended the first-year classes of Hebrew Language.
The course aims at consolidating the notions of modern Hebrew morphology and syntax, on the one hand strengthening the written and oral skills of students and on the other by introducing the history of modern Hebrew literature - with reference to the period that foes from the early nineteenth century to 1948 - and the translation of selected texts by some of the early modern Hebrew authors. The seminar will alternate a class more focused on Hebrew grammar and language, and another one on literature and translation.
The course includes a short seminar that will introduce the main Jewish holidays and rites of passage.

Students are asked to attend throughout the entire academic year the weekly classes of modern Hebrew with prof. Tsipora Baran.
- Sonia Barzilai and Mireille Hadas-Lebel, Manuel d’hébreu – vol. 1 (Parigi: L’Asiathèque, 2014), passim.
- Lewis Glinert, Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar (Londra: Routledge, 2005), passim.
- Doron Mittler, Grammatica ebraica (Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000), passim.
- Hebrew texts available in the Materiali Moodle.

- Mendele Moicher Sfarim, I viaggi di Beniamino Terzo (Genova: Marietti, 1983).
- Haim Nahman Bialik, La tromba e altri racconti (Firenze: Giuntina, 2003).
- Aharon Re'uveni, In principio, confusione e paura (Torino: Einaudi, 2018).
- Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Appena ieri (Torino: Einaudi, 2010).
- David Vogel, Vita coniugale (Milano: Adelphi, 1991).
- S. Yizhar, Convoglio di mezzanotte (Roma: Elliott, 2013).
- Carosello di narratori israeliani (Aldo Martello: Milano, 1958), ONLY: B. Tammuz; Y. Shenhar; A. Barash; M. Shamir e Y. Burla [pdf nel Moodle di Lingua Ebraica 2].
- Poeti d'Israele: antologia della poesia ebraica moderna da Bialik a Carni (Padova: Rebellato, 1969), ONLY: 21-58; 103-110; 133-144; 181-197; 221-226.

- Mireille Hadas-Lebel, Storia della lingua ebraica (Firenze: Giuntina, 1994), 97-133.
- Gershon Shaked, Narrativa ebraica moderna (Milano: Terra Santa, 2011), passim.
- Shachar Pinsker, "Hebrew literature", in The Cambridge History of Judaism: the Modern World, 1815-2000, a cura di Mitchell B. Hart (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 755-777.

the reading of the following texts is also recommended:
- Giuliano Tamani, “Il giudaismo nell’età moderna e contemporanea”, in Ebraismo, a cura di Giovanni Filoramo (Roma: Laterza, 2007), 201-220.
- Ernest Guggenheim, L’ebraismo nella vita quotidiana (Firenze: Giuntina, 1994), passim.
- Anna Foa, Diaspora: storia degli ebrei nel Novecento (Roma: Laterza, 2009), 3-38; 73-93 and 103-129.

- Yosef Millo, Hu‘ halakh ba-sadot (1967).
During the course, students are asked to do translation and grammar exercises, both in class and at home. Students are also asked to read eight Hebrew texts in Italian translation (see the bibliography).

The final mark will be the average of:
1. a partial written exam ("prova parziale") with: translation of excerpts from the Hebrew texts studied in class, grammar exercises, one question on the history of Hebrew literature.
2. a final written exam of Hebrew to Italian translation.
3. a final oral exam with prof. Tsipora Baran.
Lectures; class discussions; videos.
Attendance of the course is highly reccomended.
Students unable to attend should contact the lecturer at the beginning of the semester.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 11/05/2020