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[MDES W1515] Upper Intermediate Hebrew II

November 11, 2009

Bersohn, Nehama Silver_nugget
[MDES W1515] Upper Intermediate Hebrew II

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I have to agree with many of the other reviews. Nehama Bersohn is the best Hebrew teacher I've ever had, and after many years at Jewish day schools/Hebrew school/private tutoring, that is saying something. That said, you must take this class seriously to actually learn. It will be tempting to come in late, as the class meets every day, and not to do the frequent homework, and many of my classmates do that. You will be penalized, but you will also be disrespecting a truly wonderful teacher who just wants to help you learn.
She also takes a personal interest in each student and is always willing to offer extra help or support, which is really nice. She definitely has grumpy days, but she sees the same students every day, so that seems inevitable. I would definitely recommend this class if you actually want to learn Hebrew. If you really, really want an easy language class, take Yiddish. I hear it's fun.

Workload:

Reasonable. About 15-30 minutes per night. If you do all the work and study as she assigns it, you won't have to study too hard for tests.

June 06, 2005

Raphaeli-Slivko, Ruth
[MDES W1515] Upper Intermediate Hebrew II

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This is the 4th semester of Hebrew. I knew more before I took this class. Most annoying thing to wake up to 4 mornings a week. Seriously didn't learn anything in class but because its a small class, you need to go or it will affect your grade... and there are useless EASY quizzes every day. On the first day just sit far away from where she will be teaching so that you can do the crossword or entertain yourself in some other way for 50 minutes

Workload:

quizzes almost every day but theyre all the same just with different words roots and Binyanim. 2-3 "tests" throughout the semester on which it is impossible to get an A. Perfect paper gets you A+ but one mistake and you get an A-. I asked her about it and she gave some lousy explanation which I didn't even comitt to memory. Mostly busy work for homework.

November 15, 2004

Ben-Vered, Tamar Silver_nugget
[MDES W1515] Upper Intermediate Hebrew II

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Tamar is hilarious. The event that best describes her occured when a student was late to class (it was slated for 10-10:50 and he arrived at 10:07) and she congratulated him on his progress, as he had arrived at 10:10 the day before, she said at this rate, he'd be on time in a few more days. She is very cute, and always chipper, an Israeli of the old school.

Class is mercifully short (only 50 minutes) but she fills it with LOTS of grammar, and not as much vocab as one would hope. The class had a broad cross-section of experience and ability, which added to the challenge of teaching us, but Tamar seemed to do well, and cared about your individual progress, requesting private meetings when she felt that there was a concept that needed to be explained, but she didn't want to waste the classes' time.

Workload:

Occasional homework, which are graded hilariously as "tov-, tov, tov+ and tov me'od" a few tests which are graded easily and a final.

May 18, 2004

Raphaeli-Slivko, Ruth
[MDES W1515] Upper Intermediate Hebrew II

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Far and away, the most spiteful and petty professor I have ever met. If you want to get an A in this class, be sure never to let Prof. Raphaeli know. In my opinion, she has no problem disregarding the average of your test scores, your homework scores, your class participation and attendance to make sure you do not get the grade you deserve and want. She seems like a nice old lady until you question her grading system (a 99 can sometimes be recorded as an A- in her class!). And watch out - she never gives partial credit for test questions and always makes sure that the distribution on a test comes out so that one mistake will result in an A-.
In terms of her actual teaching skills, she's decent. The article segments that she gives to the class are helpful and generally illustrate the way the verbs we learn are used in modern Hebrew discourse. Though, class can get pretty monotonous; most days we just sat and read an article or went around the room answering questions in a workbook.

Workload:

Annoying, but necessary writing assignments about every week.
Short tests and quizzes on the different types of conjugation.

August 05, 2002

Raphaeli-Slivko, Ruth
[MDES W1515] Upper Intermediate Hebrew II

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This is a fairly boring class. It's mainly focused on written grammar, with a bit of reading and speaking. The prof. is ok as a teacher. That said, the class is not particularly painful (a boring but easy first class each day is not necessarily a bad thing) and she gives light work and good grades. She is also pretty cool about lateness and attendance and is personally quite nice.

Workload:

Short assignments most days. (I averaged about 15 minutes, 3 days a week.) Easy tests after major verb groups and a final that took most people forty minutes.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1515: Upper Intermediate Hebrew II Ruth Raphaeli-Slivko 2006 Spring MTWR / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1515: Upper Intermediate Hebrew II Ruth Raphaeli-Slivko 2005 Spring MTWR / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1515: Upper Intermediate Hebrew II Ruth Raphaeli-Slivko 2004 Spring MTWR / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1515: Upper Intermediate Hebrew II Zipora Rubin 2003 Spring MTWR / 10:00-10:50 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1515: Upper Intermediate Hebrew II Ruth Raphaeli-Slivko 2003 Spring MTWR / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1515: Upper Intermediate Hebrew II Ruth Raphaeli-Slivko 2002 Spring MTWR / 10:00-10:50 AM 1