Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ena Burstin


Previously coded JWC3120


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%

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


ATS3814 or an approved equivalent standard.