Hebrew Summer Language Program

Hebrew Summer Language Program

**Hebrew will not be offered in 2015.** It will resume in the summer of 2016.

…When Alice woke up, she found herself in a strange laboratory.

Across the room sat a Nobel Prize Winner, whispering the answer to a question that nobody asked while drawing an imaginary ribosome in the air. Dancing around the room asymmetrically to the beat of a hip hop song and holding a model of a quasicrystal, Alice spotted another Nobel Prize Winner.  On the other side of the laboratory, chatting online about absolutely nothing, there stood the inventors of the VoIPtechnology.

Alice was puzzled.

Why were so many prominent scientists in the same room? And why were they all speaking Modern Hebrew?

Curious? Read the clues...

As a participant in the Hebrew Summer Language Institute, you will become a competent member of a transcultural, translingual community, and will thus be able to reflect in Hebrew on the constant encounters between languages, cultures, religions, and social classes, as these take place in both Israel and the United States.  By the end of the program you will possess the tools needed to operate within this transnational sphere and communicate in Hebrew with confidence, sensitivity, accuracy, and agency.
Following the Rapid Language Acquisition model of the SLI, students in the Hebrew program cover the equivalent of four semesters of language instruction, receive 12 credits upon graduation, and fulfill the language requirement at the University of Virginia, and many other colleges and universities.

Pedagogy and Philosophy

The only prerequisites are motivation to learn Hebrew and an open mind.  No previous knowledge of Hebrew or its alphabet is assumed, and the same applies to all other forms of knowledge about Israel or the Middle East. A right-to-left language, Hebrew comes in many forms and shapes, and in our program you will find an opportunity to develop your own relationship to both the language and the cultures associated with it.

As a participant in the Hebrew Program, you will be given the tools to develop a long-standing relationship with Hebrew as well as the cultures of Israel and the Middle East.  We believe that the best way to prepare for an encounter with a foreign culture is through direct exposure to real world linguistic and cultural material. For this reason, we neither shelter our students, nor do we hide the troubles, complexity, or even occasional ugliness associated with the target language and culture.  Instead, we help our students feel at home in a pluralist, colorful foreign chaos, assist them in learning Hebrew from within, and discover with them ever more exciting ways of doing so.