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The Four-Dimensional Jerusalem, Hebrew III: Topics in Hebrew Literature(216-3-1)


Hanna Tzuker Seltzer
Crowe 5-159
Hanna Seltzer was born and raised in Jerusalem. Prior to her PhD studies at the University of California, Berkeley, she graduated summa cum laude from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, earning her BA in Hebrew Literature with Designated Emphasis in Creative Writing. Prior to her BA, she graduated from Film and Television school in Jerusalem and wrote and directed a 32 minute film that was broadcasted in Israeli TV. Hanna also holds a certificate in teaching Hebrew as a Second Language from the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University, where she taught in the Summer Ulpan. She has also taught at the Milah Ulpan in Jerusalem.

Meeting Info

Online: Tues, Thurs, 2:00PM - 3:20PM

Overview of class

The topic of this course is The Four-Dimensional Jerusalem. In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of some of the complexities of Israeli culture through the specific example of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and she saw many victories and downfalls before her eyes. She is the subject of writing for poets and storytellers, Jews and non-Jews alike, and she is often the setting for many films and TV series that were produced in Israel. Jerusalem is immensely diverse, encompassing ultra-orthodox Jews next to secular Jews, Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardi ones, and Jews and Arabs. In this class we will get a glimpse of each of these sectors as they are portrayed in literary and visual art. We will read poems by Yehuda Amichai (the poet who lived and died in Jerusalem and wrote about and to Jerusalem throughout his entire life). We will watch clips and episodes from TV series where Jerusalem takes place as an actress in her own right. We will also learn about the history of Jerusalem and how this history affects the current intricacies of this unique city.

Registration Requirements

Prerequisite: Hebrew 121-3, or permission of the instructor.

Learning Objectives

This course is targeted for students who have finished second-year Hebrew. They will be able to put into use their knowledge of Hebrew and integrate their skills of speaking, writing, listening and reading. In the course students will work on the following linguistic and cultural objectives:
1. ? identify linking words and connectors and integrate the grammar knowledge you have acquired throughout your journey learning Arabic into developing a higher level of reading comprehensibility;
2. ? use 400-500 new words both from written or spoken sources and to practice these words through interactive exercises presented on Canvas;
3. ? developed strategies to help you locate the main ideas, read comprehensively, to understand and assess a variety of input sources: original texts from Wikipedia, tables and maps, graphs, and pictures, literary sources; news broadcasts about events and people in Cairo (important because they provide an authentic source of Egyptian dialect);
4. ? to comprehend written and spoken sources both in FuSha and in the Egyptian dialect by recognizing the difference between the two language varieties and its purpose used by lay people and the educated speaker;
5. ? to summarize and present key details of historical and current news events in your own words (written and oral) including voicing critical remarks.

Teaching Method

This is an interactive, reading and discussion-based class which requires daily guided work as well as independent research. The course materials is presented online in a multisensory way through texts, pictures, graphics, audio and video sequences. Its interactive mode makes use of current instructional technologies and tools to supports student learning. The course is divided into five units (each about two weeks long) with different topics. Each unit has a set of core readings and listening activities; many with self-check and feedback opportunities, vocabulary development opportunities, and final writing assignments. Students will also work collaboratively on a StoryMapJS project, mapping out interesting buildings and noteworthy places in Jerusalem.

Evaluation Method

The final assessment of this course is based on a variety of inputs that include zoom attendance and participation, completion of homework, various assignments aligned with the learning goals, several quizzes and one presentation.

Class Materials (Required)

The course material is available through online PDFs. Interactive exercises and assignments are hosted on the course site on Canvas. Additional background reading in English.

Class Attributes

Literature & Fine Arts Distro Area
Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time