Hebrew at GW

The Hebrew Program at GW, a part of the Classics and Semitics Department, includes four full years of language study. The program also attracts members of the greater Washington, D.C., community and GW faculty and staff from different ethnic, national, and religious backgrounds.

The goal of the Hebrew Program is to enable students to achieve intermediate to advanced levels of Hebrew proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. The Program offers seven different Hebrew courses. First year Beginning Hebrew (Hebrew 1001 and 1002) and second year Intermediate Hebrew (Hebrew 2001 and 2002) introduce students to functional proficiencies necessary for daily communication in a variety of familiar and immediate situations (classroom, home, and casual daily communications that involve basic information).

Third year Hebrew (Hebrew 3001 and 3301) is designed to take students from the intermediate to intermediate-high and advanced levels by further developing all four skills through readings of nonfiction and fiction, listening to online radio broadcasts and by watching films and television programs. An additional course, The Israeli Media (Hebrew 3302), is offered in the spring semester of third year.  It examines current Israeli politics and culture through newspapers, radio, television and film. All third year courses are conducted entirely in Hebrew and include extensive reading and writing as part of the curriculum. Fourth year Hebrew offers two semesters of Advanced Hebrew by focusing on various issues in modern Hebrew and Israeli culture (Hebrew 4001-4002), including literature, poetry, music, films and other media.

Our language instructors are professionals who have native or near-native knowledge of Hebrew. They bring with them extensive knowledge and experience, a love for the language and a dedication to our students.

Hebrew Placement Exam

If you already have a basic understanding of the Hebrew language, we recommend that you take a placement exam. Please download a copy of the exam by clicking on the link above.