Modern Hebrew at Yavneh College
Exam Body: AQA
As with all modern languages, Modern Hebrew has now become a modular subject.
Students learn a range of language skills: the ability to communicate confidently in Hebrew, to understand and respond to written Hebrew, to translate coherently from Hebrew into English (for AS Level) and from English into Hebrew (for A2 Level), to structure essays using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language and to display critical thinking and analytical skills. All lessons are conducted in Modern Hebrew, to maximise the development of students‘ language skills.
The topics covered in the course are very varied. They include: the media, family issues, religion, social issues, environmental issues, science & society, crime and punishment, education, employment & unemployment, law and order.
The first year of the course is devoted mainly to developing students‘ language skills through translation, reading comprehension and essay writing.
The second year of the course introduces literary and non-literary texts, ranging from subjects such as Individuals in the Mirror and In Society, Literary Representations of Historical Events and Topics, Democracy and Citizenship in Israel or Communities, Ethnic Groups and Religions in Israel.
We will be reading pieces written by leading contemporary Israeli writers such as David Grossman, Savyon Librecht or Amos Oz, and gaining an insight into the rich tapestry which makes up Israeli society of today.
Students must have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE Modern Hebrew.
To be awarded AS Level, students take an exam at the end of Year 12. To be awarded A2 they take a second module at the end of Year 13. Each module makes up 50% of the final A Level grade.
The course is stimulating, informative and a great boon to anyone planning to spend time in Israel. It also provides students with a sound basis for further study, whether in British or Israeli Universities.
Modern language A Levels are well-regarded by universities for entry to a wide range of degrees, including law, economics and business. Modern Hebrew A Level provides students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in linguistics and employment in the growing number of companies trading with Israel.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.