You are about to begin learning Hebrew and the first thing you should be aware of is that the term "Hebrew" has many meanings.
In our context, Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel, thus it is a way to understand the Israeli people and their culture(s). At the same time, Modern Israeli Hebrew is just another stage in the evolution of the Hebrew language since ancient times, and it contains linguistic and cultural elements from the past. Therefore the study of Hebrew is both an acquisition of contemporary communicative skills and a window into the past.
The program offers Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Hebrew courses. All Hebrew courses at Wellesley are proficiency based; they develop the five language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture) and provide students with the fundamentals of the Hebrew language. These courses prepare students to communicate in written and spoken Hebrew on a variety of topics related to classroom activities, everyday life activities and situations and personal experiences, primarily in the cultural context of life in Israel. The courses also incorporate Hebrew cultural events, music, film and literature. A special emphasis is given to the personal needs of each student.
The end goal of the Hebrew language program at Wellesley is to enable students to function in Hebrew, to enter “Hebrew reality” with as many skills as possible. At the end of four semesters, the students will be able to function (at the intermediate level of the ACTFL) in a contemporary Hebrew environment; to have the basic skills needed to start reading authentic Hebrew texts comprehensively and critically; to appreciate the power of language as a key to understanding people and their cultures.