The Hebrew Program is part of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and Hebrew students typically concentrate on Modern Hebrew and the ancient Near East. Students are encouraged to develop a regional focus at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Academic and cultural activities in the department are supported by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, whose activities are primarily funded by a federal Title VI grant.
The Modern Hebrew Project, which produced open resource tools for the study of Modern Hebrew language and linguistics, was initiated at the University of Texas Linguistics Research Center in the late 1990s, and some of the materials developed within that framework are still available through this site. This project has been generously supported by the University of Texas Vision Plan and the College of Liberal Arts.
The materials available on this site are intended for use by the general public as well as UT students. While they may supplement any curriculum, the tutorials and other resources offered here work best within the framework of the curriculum developed at the University of Texas at Austin. Materials for Esther Raizen's Modern Hebrew for Beginners (UT Press, 2000, third reprint 2006), and Modern Hebrew for Intermediate Students (UT Press, 2001, third reprint 2006) are included in the Tutorials and Video Clips sections of this site (see navigation bar). We have now launched the set Yours Truly, twenty units with a listening component and exercises. The set of open-source materials was developed to supplement the curriculum used at UT as we move into an intensive model of instruction, but may be used independently as well.
While we do not provide technical support in conjunction with the site, we have included a page of Frequently Asked Questions and helpful hints. To enjoy the full functionality of the resources, you will need the RealPlayer, Quicktime, Shockwave, and Flash players, all available for free download. Links to the players will be provided on the relevant pages.
Material on this site may be used, quoted, or linked to for educational purposes without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given to Dr. Raizen and the University of Texas at Austin. Commercial use of this material or its duplication in any form are strictly prohibited.