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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ena Burstin


Previously coded JWC3110


Yiddish 3A is a continuation of second year level Yiddish. The central feature of Yiddish 3 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 3A 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. begin to demonstrate a critical appraisal of selected Yiddish authors and poets


Written work, oral presentations, dictation, comprehension and short essays (equivalent to approximately 2500 words: 55%
Examination (2000 words): 45% +
Participation in annual weekend retreat where they will be immersed in Yiddish language.

Chief examiner(s)

Ena Burstin

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Jewish civilisation


ATS2796 or an approved equivalent standard.