Teaching Hebrew in the Diaspora: Problems, Challenges, and Directions

January 26, 2011

Source: MOFET JTEC Webinars


In this forthcoming webinar we shall investigate a few of the problems and pedagogical questions that preoccupy the teachers and the language policy-makers in Jewish schools in the Diaspora. These questions include the issue of "Hebrew in Hebrew", stressing classical Hebrew (Biblical Hebrew) or spoken Hebrew (contemporary Hebrew), fostering oral expression, and so on. By means of a joint discussion, we shall outline several teaching directions while emphasizing the special challenges facing the teacher in the Diaspora. The webinar will be conducted in Hebrew.


Dr. Luba Rachel Charlap is a senior lecturer and head of "The Center of Textual Studies" in Lifshitz College (in Jerusalem), was formerly head of the Unit for Hebrew Expression and the ulpan at Bar-Ilan University (1995–1998), where she initiated, directed and accompanied the program, "Training Teachers of Hebrew as a Second Language" at Bar-Ilan University (1999–2001).


What exactly is an online encounter?
The online encounter environment (WEBINAR) enables presentations, sites, programs and video movies to be presented in parallel to an interactive discussion with the audience by means of vocal and written communication and the use of signs for expressing emotion. Each participant has his own communication channel and can request and receive permission to speak and voice his opinions. The big advantage of online encounters lies in the fact that there is no need to go to the place where the event is being held since it is possible to participate in the activities at home. Most of the online encounters take place at times that are convenient for the participants.

Updated: Nov. 28, 2010