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[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

May 08, 2014

Kreitman, Rina Gold_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I, [MDES W1513] Intermediate Modern Hebrew II, and [MDES W1511] Elementary Modern Hebrew II

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Rina is the best! You'll learn Hebrew very well, including all the grammar rules, and you'll have a great time doing it. Rina's class is always lighthearted and fun, but you're also always learning. Rina's background in linguistics means she knows how to teach the language in a way that students understand. She's also just a great, caring, sassy person; get to know her outside of class, too. Basically, take this class. You won't regret it.

Workload:

Totally fair. Daily exercises that reinforce concepts learned in class, a few quizzes per semester that she prepares you for completely. If you put a little effort in, you'll do well.

February 04, 2014

Gonen, Illan
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I, [MDES W1513] Intermediate Modern Hebrew II, and [MDES W1510] 1st Year Modern Hebrew

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Illan is enthusiastic, intelligent, smart, funny, and patient. He teaches 1st and 2nd Year Hebrews I and II.
He's laid back, which allows the students to develop camaraderie with him and each other. He has a huge bank of knowledge about Semitic languages and linguistics in general, and he incorporates his knowledge into lessons. He is always good-natured and willing to meet with students outside of class.

He wants nothing more than for his students to succeed, and it shows. He prioritizes the needs of the class before any others, and still manages to teach material thoroughly. He seems to truly love to teach, which makes his class all the more enjoyable. He wants to share his knowledge, and he wants his students to appreciate it and to love learning it.

I could not recommend Illan more.

Workload:

About an hour of homework per night; six quizzes per semester; final exam. The quizzes are manageable and Illan gives a review packet before each quiz.

December 15, 2010

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

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I love Gveret Bersohn!
I've learned so much in just one semester. I'm actually able to have small conversations, compared to last year when I was too scared to even speak in class.
To like this class and do well you have to pay attention and do the work, which shouldn't be a problem for anyone who wants to learn a language well.
She is a stickler about being late, so just accept it and get to class on time. She's right, it is disrespectful to walk into class late. That said she won't hate you for the rest of your life if by chance you don't wake up in time.

Workload:

Minimum: 15 minutes a night. A couple quizzes/tests each semester.
If you want to learn everything very solidly, I would put in more time.
Very reasonable!

March 06, 2008

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

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I've learned an enormous amount, and the semester is just halfway through. As another reviewer mentioned, Nehama has a vast repository of historical and biblical quotes at her command, as well as expressions and cute little colloquialisms. She's high-energy and always seems to be in a good mood. Language instruction has never been so much fun. A note to daydreamers: She cares about getting verbal responses (and rapt attention) from every single student -- so prepare to wake up and pay attention at 9 a.m.!

Workload:

I found it pretty light and straightforward. There's about 15 minutes of homework every night. Tests were pretty much a transcription of things we'd learned in class. No surprises--just study what you learned and take notes in class. Most of the learning goes on *in class*.

August 27, 2003

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

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This woman is a diva. She has that abrupt tough-guy front, but I think she's actually a sweety on the inside. She likes to be very bitchy and makes fun of you if you're late or absent, but she's pretty harmless - it's her dry sense of humor and wit. Anyway, I think she's an excellent teacher, and definitely a brilliant woman. I really learned a lot without too much effort as far as hw and studying were concerned. If you want to learn Hebrew, take this class! She's also a nice grader!

Workload:

Fair - reading assignment everynight. You translate it in class the next day (she expects you to have understood it, so you do have to read it, but you don't necessarily have to write it down). Weekly grammar quizzes the first semester, much less second semester. They're straight forward - if you pay attention and study what she says is going to be on the quiz, you'll ace it.

May 03, 2003

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I and [MDES W1513] Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

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Bersohn is a great professor. Although the class meets 9am Monday-Friday (forget about going out Thursday night!), she does a great job in making sure that everyone understands the material. Bersohn emphasizes speaking, and the bulk of the written material is straight out of the (semi-outdated) text. She often refers to outside stories when reading text passages, which proves to be very helpful in students understanding listening & language comprehension. Because the class is small, everyone participates. Quizzes are frequent, which is a definite stress reliever. Very good class overall.

Workload:

Both semesters: nightly homework (appx 10-30 min depending on how much she assigns), regular quizzes... attendance mandatory. In Hebrew II there is a final.

March 08, 2003

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I and [MDES W1513] Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

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Excellent, dedicated professor. Bersohn kept the students on their toes at all times, as she would continually call on us to answer questions on vocabulary or grammar, ensuring each student was "picked-on" in equal weight.

While some of the students found Professor Bersohn to be cold, this was largely a result of her hard nosed approach to learning. She could often tell when a student was not putting in the effort, and when she did, she cut them no slack. However, if she knew you were making the effort, even if languages were not your forte, you could still be successful in the class.

As a language teacher, she is excellent, clear, and willing to repeat herself until all in the class comprehend. While she might be intimidating to some students, she entertains all quesions, with little or no grief.

Workload:

The workload was fair, and required a student to spend at least one hour per day outside class completing the daily homeworks.
Frequent quizes ensured that we learned the material, and enabled us to better prepare for the periodic long exams.

December 11, 2002

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

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I joined this class to fill my language requirement, and having bad experiences in high school foreign language, I wasn't exactly looking forward to to the 9am Monday-Friday class. Nevertheless, Bersohn makes this class worth taking. She conducts most of the class in Hebrew, and because of the small class size, we all participated a lot. As a result, everyone in the class improved on their speaking. There is nightly homework that is collected very infrequently... maybe 20 minutes worth a night, and she goes over it in class. There is a test or two a week, but as long as you did all the homework, you can ace each one with very little studying. A good portion of the course is on learning the different grammatical forms, and though it can be tedious, she helps us comprehend them by putting up Talmudic proverbs. All around good course.

Workload:

A test or two a week covering workbook material, vocabulary, and grammar. Nightly homework (20 min or so)... not too difficult. Relatively easy grader on tests.

December 31, 1999

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1512] Intermediate Modern Hebrew I and [MDES W1513] Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

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I couldn't disagree more with that review! I found her to be downright nasty sometimes. She almost made me cry once. She was nice at the beginning of the year but she's a [insert one of your favorite nouns here] if ever I've met one.

Workload:

Annoying quizzes and HW dittos. Tests. Final.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2007 Fall MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2006 Fall MTWRF / 10:00-10:50 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2006 Fall MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2005 Fall MTWRF / 10:00-10:50 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2005 Fall MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2004 Fall MTWRF / 10:00-10:50 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2004 Fall MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2003 Fall MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2003 Fall MTWRF / 10:00-10:50 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2002 Fall MTWRF / 10:00-10:50 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2002 Fall MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2001 Fall MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1512: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I Nehama Bersohn 2001 Fall MTWRF / 10:00-10:50 AM 2