Review Comment

[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I

March 04, 2019

Gonen, Illan and Gonen, Illan
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I

Illan is the man! I started liking him from the first day when he said that we have to address him by his first name, which I believe shows his mutual respect towards the students. In general, he is a very good teacher and knows how to teach a language. I can honestly say that this is my favorite class overall at Columbia and Illan is my favorite professor. The classes are MTWR and are about 1 hour. The material is not difficult as Hebrew is not that difficult in my opinion.

Workload:

-Daily Homework (graded for completion)
- 4 to 6 quizzes per semester
- No midterm
- Final (which is basically an extensive quiz)
- After a while your weekend homeworks become short essays

May 10, 2012

Rubin, Zipora Silver_nugget
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I

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Professor Rubin is a terrific teacher; dedicated, engaged, and friendly; as other reviewers note, she relates in a very human way to her students; all attributes that one learns to cherish when getting up at 9 am four days a week. My own experience is that if one really wants to learn a language, the teacher needs to continue challenging you in class, nudging you gently out of comfort zones; making sure that you do learn to speak, and listen, as well as write. Rubin did a great job I thought in gradually ramping up the level of conversation in class and the expanding the vocabulary requirements progressively, without the class for that reason becoming in any way unmanageable. She also took time outside of regular hours to make sure that individual students did not fall behind. All the while, she also did a great job providing supplementary readings to complement the textbook that we used in Hebrew I, 2012, which while adequate in many ways, felt a bit like a Beta-test edition, replete with errors. In summation, ignore the horrible and ill-considered 5 year old review of Professor Rubin that unfortunately comes up first when viewing her profile on CULPA. She is a great teacher. If you are willing to put in a decent amount of work, not at all excessive in my mind, then you will have a terrific experience with her. And you will learn Hebrew. I do hope she stays on with the department.

Workload:

Quite easy in fall term, more demanding in spring, but still very reasonable.

April 13, 2011

Kreitman, Rina Gold_nugget
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I

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Rina Kreitman is a fantastic professor. Her classes move a reasonably fast pace, so you always feel like you're learning. She also has a good lingustic background so she is great at answering questions. She also is realistic about what you have to know and doesn't make you memorize grammar or vocabulary that is not actually used in spoken language. Very approachable and accomodating, let's you have extra time on tests and is available readily for appointments.

Workload:

Nightly homework, biweekly quizes, final. All graded really easily

April 13, 2011

Kreitman, Rina Gold_nugget
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I

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Rina is the best! Trained as a linguist, Rina knows her stuff and is insanely nice. Not too much works and easy grading, plus you learn the material. The class I took prepared me well, taught me quickly and was downright enjoyable. Rina is hilarious, also, and you feel like you are talking to one of your friends. She is awesome. Rina is also legit from Israel, so there is a cultural component as well.

Workload:

Not bad at all. A few exercises per night, and a quiz every two weeks or so.

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

February 21, 2005

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

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Tamar takes a bit of getting used to - mostly the students getting used to her very specific, old-school ways of doing things - but once trained well, this can be a very enjoyable class. The size (small) combined with the fact that there's only one section (so you end up with the same people for up to two years) creates a very warm, amiable atmosphere in the classroom, and Tamar facilitates this with her unexpected bouts of humor, interrogation (in hebrew) about random aspects of your personal life, and mild-mannered teasing. She's a good and caring person who teaches wonderfully without pushing the students too hard. Just try to be on time for class, do your homework, and resign yourself to her quirky and not always totally efficient style, and you'll do great.

Workload:

Pretty light - about half an hour of easy homework every night, and a few tests and quizzes per semester. Not a whole lot of work for 4 credits, although you are expected to know (or learn on your own) the Hebrew alphabet (just print) within the first week of class.

January 23, 2005

Rubin, Zipora Silver_nugget
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I

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Tzippi (as she has no problems being called), was nice enough, but I must say that I have a hard time with the method of teaching they use for this language, and I DON'T LEARN BY SOMEONE YAPPING AT ME IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE REALLY QUICKLY WHILE I FURIOUSLY SCRIBBLE NOTES AND CAN BARELY GET A QUESTION IN EDGEWISE!! Others didn't seem to have such a problem with her, but by the end of semester, I was so damn frustrated and had skipped many classes, so I was not very popular with her, to say the least. Sure, I have ADD, but I felt her teaching speed for the level we were learning on was bullshit. My notes were a mess (she doesn't teach concepts/ words in anything less than complete randomness) and I found myself throwing my arms up in the air in a huge exasperated "OY!" most of the time.
If you are anything like me and need a slower, more deliberate language teacher, in whose class you will have SOME time to think about the ordering of your notes as you write, then take Tamar Ben Vered's Hebrew I class instead!!!!

Workload:

yaaa! don't fall behind on book exercises! final test was not easy. Get tutoring if you're not following so great, and do it early on!

January 02, 2005

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

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Tamar is adorably irritating; she's got her way of doing things and nothing else will suffice. Also seems to have some sort of hearing impediment, but she's definitely got a good sense of humor. The class is early (9AM M-F) and you get an evil-eye chastising if you're late or miss class: that is, she might ignore you or not answer your question or something. Regardless, she is truly one of the "old stock"- you can't email her or any of that technological nonsense. She truly cares about her students and wants you to do well. Tamar isn't out to get anyone... she's just got her way of doing things and you'd better [want to] go along for the ride.

Workload:

Almost always nightly homework (which is duly collected and corrected), no midterm, a few quizzes and a final, and one not-even-five-minute oral reading session thing. very reasonable, and she is generous with days off for the jewish holidays.

December 08, 2004

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

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The pace of the course is pretty slow, sometimes maybe a bit too slow. It's way too early in the morning, but if you can get over that, then it's not so bad. She can be very annoying, especially when she totally ignores the fact that you just asked a question. Overall, the course is pretty easy, nothing challenging. Try to pay semi-attention in class, otherwise she'll start bothering you. Really, it may be annoying, but it's pretty easy.

Workload:

nightly homework, but always short. a couple of random quizzes that she won't tell you about until a day or two before. no midterm. final.

February 21, 2003

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

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Reviewer who had such a problem with Tamar probably was just a student who didn't do any of the work or never came to class. Slow pace of class actually helped us learn something without having to be overwhelmed by anything. Sure, getting to class at 9 is tough, but that's not Tamar's fault, and she's not a stickler for attendance, as long as you're mostly there and paying attention. She knows, however, when you're learning or when you're totally slacking. Don't screw around with her.

Workload:

Homework, always collected, nightly. Periodic quizzes and tests, but nothing hard or unexpected if you came to class and did the work. Easy final.

November 30, 2002

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

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Charming? Tamar is really annoying and of course, the time of the class does not help (MON-FRI 9:00-9:50). This class was plain and simple torture and goes at a very slow pace. Tamar gives these annoying quizzes on Friday mornings because she knows that no one would normally show up. If you make a habit out of showing up late, expect her to poke fun of you somehow. If you dont take it personal, it's quite humorous.

Workload:

Several annoying hw's and periodic tests and a final.

April 09, 2002

Rubin, Zipora Silver_nugget
[MDES W1510] Elementary Modern Hebrew I

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GREAT! Really nice - young and hip Israeli woman... much more personable than any other option, not too strict, and not too harsh with grading or latenesses and absences. She really wants you to learn and to love the language itself and she cares about her students as PEOPLE. She'd make a really great friend.

Workload:

Lotsa homework and quizes and some language labs - not a lot for a language though.

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