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JWC3120 - Yiddish Language, Culture and Literature 3B

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Danielle Charak


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Yiddish 3B is an extension of Yiddish 3A. The central feature of both Yiddish 3A and 3B will be the more advanced teaching of Yiddish as a living language, as a tool for both written and spoken communication. The course is designed for students who wish to improve their knowledge of the subject both in its literary and conversational form. The course will include use of non-literary texts and exercises to develop grammatical, syntactic and idiomatic mastery of the language. An additional component will utilise Yiddish literary texts of Australia as well as of other countries. Completion of parts A and B will prepare students to complete a major in the subject.


Upon successful completion of Yiddish 3B students will:

  1. be able to demonstrate a fluency in reading and writing texts in Yiddish script
  2. have a working understanding of spoken Standard Modern Yiddish
  3. acquire the ability to write original short essays in Yiddish
  4. acquire advanced skills required for Yiddish conversation
  5. have an appreciation of the richness of Yiddish as a literary and cultural tradition
  6. demonstrate a critical appraisal of selected Yiddish authors and poets and their writings


Written work, oral presentations, dictation, comprehension and short essays (equivalent to approximately 2500 words): 55%
Examination (two hours) equivalent to 2000 words): 45%

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures and 1 x 1 hr language laboratory per week.


JWC3110 or an approved equivalent standard.