The teaching of Hebrew at Princeton is extremely dynamic. At every stage of study, students are fully involved. To be sure, at the first stages of language study students absorb passively, as they fill their linguistic reservoirs, with Hebrew vocabulary and grammatical forms. Quickly, however, this passive absorption is transformed into an active posture, as the students become full partners in the learning process in class. The teaching is accompanied by the use of audio-cassettes, video-cassettes, films, and music. These tools help create direct contact with the authentic language.
In terms of texts: we use a textbook for grammar and vocabulary, an Israeli newspaper, a series of stories about life and personalities in Israel, as well as numerous conversations about topics of current interest. These include the kibbutz and the city, man and nature, immigration to Israel and the absorption of new immigrants, historical figures, and modern and biblical Hebrew. The goal is to present authentic subjects that are tied to Jewish tradition, history, and present-day culture, while at the same time instilling the desire to enrich one's knowledge later on. Students wishing to develop their knowledge of the language further are able to benefit from various programs in Israel during summer vacations or during a semester (or year) of foreign study in one of the Israeli universities, such as Hebrew University, or Tel Aviv University.
The teaching of Hebrew at Princeton is thus an intellectual, emotional, and experiential challenge that one ought not to miss.