Starts: Oct 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM
May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus More...
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
The Yiddish Forverts has recently published a report from the Graduate Student Conference on ‘Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe – a Textual Perspective,’ held at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL on 6-7 June, 2012. The article, authored by conference participant Adi Mahalel (Columbia University), is available online on the website of the Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4589 More...
Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier. More...
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HEBR7504 Elementary Yiddish
HEBR7504A (Junior Year Abroad Term 1)
HEBR7504B (Junior Year Abroad Term 2)
|Tutor:||Dr Helen Beer|
|Mode of assessment:||A mixture of coursework, oral skills and end of year oral and written exams|
|Taught:||In terms 1 and 2|
Mondays, 1100-1300 in Room 239, Foster Court
Thursdays, 1400-1600 in Room 331, Foster Court
The Elementary Yiddish course aims to enable students without prior knowledge, to speak, understand, read and write Yiddish painlessly and fluently.
Classes will share a focus on all four language skills. Conversational topics will incorporate grammatical structures, colloquial expressions and appropriate vocabulary. These will be reinforced through dialogue, role-play and exercises. There will be some emphasis on aspects of Yiddish culture. Reading material will include anecdotes, jokes, folksongs and simple literary texts.
The main text for the year will be Sheva Zucker's Yiddish, Volume I. Supplementary material will be drawn from other texts to correspond to topics of language and grammar being studied. Students are expected to purchase the Zucker book and a copy of Uriel Weinreich's Modern English-Yiddish Yiddish-English Dictionary. Both books are available at www.yiddishstore.com or www.bikher.org
BA / Full Year Junior Year Abroad Assessment
- Coursework (grammatical exercises, reading comprehension, composition; due at the beginning of each lesson): 45%
- Oral skills (regular assessment): 5%
- End of year oral exam: 15%
- End of year written exam (gramme, comprehension, translation, essays): 35%
Junior Year Abroad A (September-December) / Junior Year Abroad B (January-June) Assessment
- Coursework (grammatical exercises, reading comprehension, composition; due at the beginning of each lesson): 50%
- End of term written test (grammar, comprehension, translation, essays): 50%
- Coursework (grammatical exercises, reading comprehension, composition; due at the beginning of each lesson): 40%
- End of year oral exam: 10%
- End of year written exam (gramme, comprehension, translation, essays): 50%
Suggested Background Reading
Encyclopaedia Judaica entry on Yiddish Language
Katz, D. Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish (New York: Basic Books, 2004)
Lansky, A. Outwitting History (London: Souvenir Press, 2004)