10/23/2009 82 °F
The last two weeks of Ulpan have been focused on preparing us to pass our final exams. Everyday consists of hours of drills and practice test sheets. As an added stress factor, since our class has had so many teacher changes (6 teachers in 5 months) we have run into several areas where one teacher thought the other taught it and that teacher thought another teacher taught it. When something came up she used to say "WHAT?! So and so didn't teach you this?!" But then she had to deal with class panic so now when she gets a deer in the headlights stare from us because a certain tense or grammar principle is completely foreign to us, now she says "Ok, don't panic we will study this right now."
The last two days, the teachers have gone over in detail what we can expect to have on the test and how many points each section is worth. There are two grammar sections of the test (level A and level B) which are each worth 15 points. Level C grammar is only worth 6 points which tells me that either that section is super short, or those are just bonus points and they don't really expect that any of us will know very much in that section. The story writing assignment is worth 25 points which makes it the one worth the most. We also have a possible 10 letters to write although I am pretty sure we only have to choose certain ones to demonstrate that we know how. The letter writing exercise is worth 20 points. The remaining points come from the reading exercise. In that assignment, we are given a one page biography about someone significant in Israel's history and we have to submit our written answers to the questions about the text. All of the instructions are given in Hebrew but we have done enough practice tests that follow the form that we are pretty comfortable with what is expected of us.
I am most worried about the writing part. It is easier for me to understand than to be the one that has to try to form the sentence correctly. Even just yesterday, my teacher brought my homework to me and said "In English, can you explain to me what you meant in this story?" Great.
One more week!