Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Language
Beginning Aug 2013
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Joanna Caravita teaches Modern Hebrew language as a lecturer at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College. She earned her BA in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University (2005), her MA in Hebrew Studies (2008), and her and PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (2013), both from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on native and nonnative teachers of Hebrew and Arabic.
Professor Caravita is fascinated by the many reasons her students come to study Hebrew, the perspectives they bring with them, and the myriad of ways in which they approach studying the language. She is interested in the historical and linguistic development of Hebrew, from its roots in the ancient world through to its emergence as the basis of a modern culture in Israel and beyond. Prior to coming to the Five Colleges, she taught Hebrew at the University of Texas at Austin according to an intensive, proficiency-based model of foreign language instruction. Aside from Hebrew, Joanna has studied French, Latin, Spanish, German, and Arabic (and is currently dabbling in Portuguese).