Review Comment

[MDES W1511] Elementary Modern Hebrew II

June 08, 2015

Canaani, Lital
[MDES W1511] Elementary Modern Hebrew II

Lital was wonderful. The class was super easy, yet the material was useful. If you do the work it's an easy A.

Workload:

Usually short daily homework assignments with 6 quizzes, 1 powerpoint presentation and 1 final. Very manageable for a five-credit course.

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.

May 03, 2012

Rubin, Zipora Silver_nugget
[MDES W1511] Elementary Modern Hebrew II

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This was an excellent introduction to Hebrew by an outstanding teacher. She was patient and adept at handling the different speeds and backgrounds of the students. She also brought to life much of the material that we covered, showing us the various connections between grammar rules and formations and fitting them into a larger linguistic frame. The presentation of material was methodical and systematic. Her style was direct and clear, but always friendly and supportive. We covered an impressive amount of grammar and language in a relatively short amount of time and it never felt rushed. Moreover, she is generous with her time and always willing to meet students to go over issues and material or simply to look over written assignments individually. It would be most beneficial to this group of students if this instructor could continue with us to provide Year 2 Hebrew. This continuity I feel would be of serious benefit to all of us, given her familiarity with us (and our various strengths and weaknesses) and our familiarity with her teaching method.

Workload:

Fair and varied enough to keep it interesting.

March 31, 2011

Kreitman, Rina Gold_nugget
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I, [MDES W1513] Intermediate Modern Hebrew II, and [MDES W1511] Elementary Modern Hebrew II

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To anyone considering beginning/continuing Hebrew, I recommend Rina without hesitation. I’ve now had the privilege of taking 4 semesters with her, and if given the opportunity, I’d instantly take 4 more.

Her methods of teacher and presenting information cater to all types of learners. She is clear, concise, and extremely thorough. In addition, her extensive background in Linguistics enables her to explain clearly intricacies and nuances of the Hebrew language that non-native speakers often find difficult and confusing.

Rina wants nothing more than for her students to succeed, and she works herself to the bone to see that we do. Every handout is promptly posted on Courseworks; she is always readily available to discuss the material via e-mail or by appointment; she reliably provides comprehensive vocabulary lists and review sheets prior to each quiz, and her grading is more than fair – in fact, it verges on lenient.

Not only is she the best language teacher this university has to offer, she is also one of my favorite people at Columbia – an all-around wonderful person, both inside the classroom and out. If you are so fortunate as to snag a spot in her class, hold on to it. Not only will you have a great learning experience, but you’ll make a great friend along the way.

Workload:

The workload is pretty light, although you do actually have to study for the quizzes (but she helps you out A TON). Homework varies, though RARELY more than 30 min. a night. 3-4 quizzes per semester, some kind of small interactive project, and a final exam.

September 05, 2005

Ben-Vered, Tamar Silver_nugget
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I and [MDES W1511] Elementary Modern Hebrew II

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Really a sweet woman--impossible to get to through e-mail, but an easy grader who honestly wants every student to learn to love the language. an easy 4 points, and i really feel like i have a grasp of the language conversationally.

Workload:

daily homework (usually takes under 5 or 10 minutes), a few quizzes and an easy midterm and final that were more like tests themselves--no memorizing vocab--really only grammar is tested

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1511: 1st Year Mod Hebrew: Elementary II Rina Kreitman 2012 Spring MTWR / 12:00- 1:05 PM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1511: 1st Year Mod Hebrew: Elementary II Zipora Rubin 2012 Spring MTWR / 9:10-10:15 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1511: 1st Year Mod Hebrew: Elementary II Zipora Rubin 2011 Spring MTWR / 8:45- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1511: 1st Year Mod Hebrew: Elementary II Rina Kreitman 2011 Spring MTWR / 12:00- 1:05 PM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1511: 1st Year Mod Hebrew: Elementary II Ruth Livne 2010 Spring MTWR / 8:45- 9:50 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1511: 1st Year Mod Hebrew: Elementary II Zipora Rubin 2010 Spring MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1511: 1st Year Mod Hebrew: Elementary II Ronit Webman 2009 Spring MTWRF / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1