Centre for Continuing Education

Hebrew Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

Hebrew. Learn Hebrew with us.

If you want to learn to speak Hebrew, our Hebrew classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Hebrew language and culture. Learn Hebrew the smart way with Hebrew courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Ivrit min HaHatchala (Hebrew from Scratch) is a program developed and taught at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem which is designed for teaching for communicational purposes (Ulpan). The program introduces useful vocabulary, topics and syntax in a gradual sequence which enables the learners to build and expand on their acquired knowledge. Students learn to read and communicate in different contexts. It is an interactive program and uses a variety of methods both for teaching and learning. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

There is an audio program which accompanies the prescribed textbook and includes all the texts and dialogues in an audio format. This can be purchased separately.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the Hebrew alphabet and sound system.
  2. Read and write short texts in simple Hebrew.
  3. Discuss the verb system.
  4. Introduce oneself and others.
  5. Hear and speak basic words within the Modern Hebrew vocabulary.
  6. Comprehend texts in simple Hebrew.


This course covers the following topics:

  • The Alphabet, both in print and script form
  • Introduction to the sound system
  • Stress and intonation patterns
  • Pronunciation
  • Israeli culture contexts
  • Biblical phrases
  • Getting acquainted – greetings and responses
  • Introducing yourself and others
  • The verb system
  • Names of places, foreign words
  • Syntax and useful vocabulary
  • Reading & Reading Comprehension
  • Dialogues
  • Time
  • Numbers
  • Food
  • Directions
  • Expressing your wishes

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed Text

Hebrew From Scratch Part 1 – Ivrit Min Ha’Hatchala Ha’Chadash (Alef) Shlomit Chayat, Sara Israeli, Hilla Kobliner 2004 Published by Academon (2004) ISBN 978 965 350 112 6.

Suggested Textbook Supplier

Golds World of Judaica
9 O’Brien Street Bondi NSW 2026
Phone: 02 9300 0495
Golds World of Judaica

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

What others say.

  • This course helped me gain a good grasp of the basics of Hebrew, providing a platform in which to build upon with new vocabulary. Looking forward to Hebrew 102.

  • Outstanding tutor, excellent teaching skills and a most pleasant person.

  • I have already recommended the University of Sydney, Centre for Continuing Education to several of my Uni friends and members of my family. My experience was a definite 10/10. The language classes are just run perfectly!

What others say.

  • Enjoyed this course very much. Learnt much more than I realised and would like to continue.
  • Our lecturer did a fantastic job in teaching us the second level of Hebrew. I came in on the first night almost two years after doing Hebrew 101 and felt like I was not going to cope unlike my other classmates who've just completed Hebrew 101 in the previous term. The tutor's teaching style encouraged me to carry on because I saw their patience and how they encouraged us to engage in conversation in Hebrew. Their patience even when we make mistakes in our pronunciation or grammar made me feel comfortable and I built more confidence as I went along with the course. I look forward to Hebrew 103!
  • Excellent tutor. Amazing what can be learnt in just 10 weeks. Thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating. Very well organised.