Over the last 25 years the
Hebrew Program at George Washington University, part of the Classics and
Semitics Department, has grown to include four full years of language
study. In addition to GW students, the Program also attracts members of
the greater Washington DC community and GW faculty and staff from different
ethnic, national and religions backgrounds.
The goal of the GW Hebrew Program is to enable students to achieve intermediate
to advance levels of Hebrew profeciency in reading, writing, speaking
and listening. The Program offers seven different Hebrew courses. First
year Beginning Hebrew (Hebrew 1 and 2) and second year Intermediate Hebrew
(Hebrew 3 and 4) introduce students to functional profeciencies necessary
for daily communication in a variety of familiar and immediate situations
(classroom, home, and casual daily communications that involve basic information).
Third year Hebrew (Hebrew 103 and 104) is designed to take students from
the intermediate to intermediate-high and advanced levels by further developing
all four skills through readings of nonfiction and fiction, listening
to online radio broadcasts and by watching films and television programs.
An additional course is offered in the spring semester of third year,
The Israeli Media (Hebrew 106), which examines current Israeli politics
and culture through various media (newspapers, radio, television and film).
All third year courses are conducted entirely in Hebrew and include extensive
reading and writing as part of the curriculum. Fourth year Hebrew offers
two semesters of Advanced Hebrew Literature (Hebrew 120-121). Selections
from Hebrew literature and poetry throughout the ages are included in
the syllabus. Oral and written literary analysis of the texts is done
Our language instructors are professionals who have native or near-native
knowledge of Hebrew. They bring with them extensive knowledge and experience,
a love for the language and a dedication to our students. For additional
information, please call the Program coordinator's office at (202) 994-6198,
or write to us at the Hebrew Program, Classics and Semitics Department,
The George Washington University, Phillips Hall 343, Washington DC 20052.
If you are not a beginner we
recommend that you take a placement exam. Please download a copy of the
exam by clicking on the link to the left, print the exam, fill it out
by hand and send it to the above address. The exam is a pdf file format.
If you do not have a pdf application on your computer, you can download
it for free at: www.adobe.com.