ATS3815 - Yiddish language, culture and literature 3B - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Ena Burstin


Ms Ena Burstin

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


ATS3814 or an approved equivalent standard.


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


Within semester assessment: 55% + Exam: 45%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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