Professor Harel's class is a really interesting look at the world of Hebrew literature through various forms of media. She is a very kind person and really wants you to do well in the class.

As someone who has not been in a formal Hebrew class since graduating middle school, she provided me with an opportunity to continue developing my language skills through a humanities approach to language. I loved reading all of the selections and watching various TV shows and movies. My skills as both a writer and critical thinker (in Hebrew) really improved throughout the semester. The pieces covered a range of interesting topics that both expanded our vocabulary, and gave us some more insight into Israeli culture.

Professor Harel was also an incredibly approachable professor who was always willing to answer any questions about the course, be it about content or fixing grammar mistakes for the exams.

I highly recommend taking this course, even if you have placed out of Hebrew or have finished the initial 4 semesters. There is still a lot you can gain from this class.

Workload:

Super manageable! Professor Harel typically assigns a reading or a show/movie to be watched before each class. You then spend the entirety of class time discussing it.

Professor Harel gives 3 exams and 3 vocab quizzes. The vocab quizzes come from a list of words she gives you ahead of time, and it is a fill-in-the blank test with a word bank at the bottom. Her exams are 600-word typed responses (in class) to 2 of a list of questions she provides. Most of the questions are things that have been discussed at length in class. You are allowed to both have the source in front of you, as well as a dictionary. After the exam is graded (on grammar and content), she will allow you to edit your grammar for the average of your grammar score back.

There is also a presentation at the end of the semester, but no final exam!