Ivrit B’tnuah: Physically Internalizing a Second Language - A MOFET International Webinar

October 7, 2015

Source: MOFET International


MOFET International is proud to present an online webinar to the global Jewish education community with Dr. Drora Arussi on Ivrit B’tnuah: Physically Internalizing a Second Language on Wednesday, October 07, 2015, 10:00PM – 11:30PM - Israel time. The free webinar in Ivrit will deal with the "Ivrit B’tnuah" technique and the principles of studying Hebrew by means of video clips that demonstrate the process interactively.

"Ivrit B’tnuah" is a language-teaching technique based on the research of Dr. James Asher - Total Physical Response (TPR), whereby children internalize and learn language by responding physically to verbs. In the same way as toddlers are taught to respond to basic commands such as "come", "bring", "stand", "jump", or "eat", so "Ivrit B’tnuah" engages the student and encourages active learning.

Students develop reactive language before expressive language emerges. Second-language students of all ages experience Total Physical Response actively and respond to the spoken language. As a result, the students' willingness to express themselves in the new language stems from comprehension rather than from meaningless rote learning. This means that the study of Hebrew commences with the infinitive of the verb so as to ensure ease of comprehension and speedy internalization.

Dr. Drora Arussi, who is the mother of five, holds a BA in theater, an MA in the study of Judaism, and a PhD in educational management. She teaches Hebrew and has been writing syllabi for the study of Hebrew, Bible, and worldwide Judaism for over 25 years. Dr. Arussi has taught drama, theater, Bible, and worldwide Judaism in schools and universities in the United States and in Jerusalem. She coordinated the "Hebrew in America" organization, and has instructed Hebrew teachers in the Jewish Agency in Israel and the United States.

Updated: Aug. 04, 2015