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Joanna Caravita

Five College Lecturer in Hebrew

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(413) 545-5800

723 Herter Hall

Degree: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2013).
Field(s): Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures


Research Areas

Prof. Caravita's research focuses on native and non-native teachers of Hebrew and Arabic.

She 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, Caravita has studied French, Latin, Spanish, German and Arabic (and is currently working on Chinese).

She has an article forthcoming in the journal Hebrew Higher Education.


Awards and Accolades


Five College Innovative Language Teaching Fellowship (2015-2016)

Courses Recently Taught

Hebrew 110 – Elementary Modern Hebrew I

Hebrew 120 – Elementary Modern Hebrew II

Hebrew 230 – Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

Hebrew 240 – Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

Hebrew 301 – Advanced Modern Hebrew I


As a Five College Lecturer, Dr. Caravita also teaches Modern Hebrew at Smith College.