HUC-JIR/Los Angeles Hosts Seminar for Hebrew Language Professionals: August 13-17

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Professor Rivka Dori, Director of Hebrew Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, has been asked for the second year in a row to coordinate a Seminar for Hebrew Language Professionals on behalf of the National Middle Eastern Languages Resource Center (NMELRC)

Professor Dori has invited the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles and UCLA-Language Resource Center (LRC) to collaborate with her on this project. 

Aviva Kadosh, a Hebrew Consultant from the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles, is working with Professor Dori as a Co-Chair for the Seminar, and UCLA-LRC is promoting it on its internet site. 

The seminar is open to all Hebrew language professionals and registration is now in progress through the NMELRC site: (Go to Hebrew then to Hebrew seminar, then to Application Form) 

For inquiries: write Prof. Rivka Dori at rdori@huc.edu or call (818) 535-0533 

2006 Seminar for Hebrew Language Educators 

(K-12th & College Level) 

Offered by the National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)

In collaboration with 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) www.huc.edu 

Bureau of Jewish Education - Los Angeles www.bjela.org 

UCLA-Language Resource Center (LRC) http://web.international.ucla.edu/cwl/

August 13-17, 2006 

Language Proficiency 

A Lens for Hebrew Language Education for All Ages, for All Educational Settings and Beyond Textbooks and Programs

 

Location: HUC-JIR, Los Angeles Campus 

Co-Chairs: Prof. Rivka Dori (HUC-JIR) and Aviva Kadosh (BJE-LA)

2 in-service credits will be granted to participants by the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater LA. The NMELRC will provide certification for accreditation purposes elsewhere. 

Sunday, August 13 

Pre-Conference Los Angeles Music Center tour (optional)http://www.musiccenter.org
1:30 - 2:00 PM Registration
2:00 - 4:00 PM Welcome, by Prof. Shmuel Bolozky, Associate Director, NMELRC, and Co-chairs: Prof. Rivka Dori and Aviva Kadosh

Keynote Address and Q&A (in English) 

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Have Changed Second and Foreign Language Education 

Dr. Helena Curtain, Ph. D. Associate Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

4:00 - 5:00 PM Reception
5:00 - 6:00 PM Study with Dr. William Cutter and Orientation for Seminar Participants
6:00 - 8:00 PM Kosher Dinner (HUC campus)

Monday, August 14 

Hebrew Proficiency Levels in Four Language Skills 

9:00 AM - Noon Speaking and Writing

Participants will become familiar with the criteria defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines to identify learners' levels and abilities in productive skills in Hebrew. 

Dr. Vardit Ringvald 

Noon - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 PM Listening and Reading

Participants will become familiar with the criteria defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines to identify learners' levels and abilities in receptive skills in Hebrew. 

Dr. Vardit Ringvald 

Tuesday, August 15 

The Hebrew Class: Structure, Activities, and Teacher's Role and Behavior 

9:00 AM - Noon Articulating Learning Goals for All Four Language Skills

Participants will learn the terminology, process, and techniques used to articulate goals for individual lessons, learning units, and a curriculum. 

Dr. Vardit Ringvald, Sharona Givol, and Liat Kadosh 

Noon - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 PM Structure, Activities and Teacher Role and Behavior

Participants will learn how the Hebrew Proficiency Guidelines inform the structure of the lesson plan, the language activities for the development of all skills, and the role of the teacher in the proficiency-based classroom. 

Dr. Vardit Ringvald, Professor Rivka Dori, Sharona Givol, and Liat Kadosh 

Wednesday, August 16 

Materials and Assessment 

9:00 AM - Noon Identifying and Developing Teaching Materials

Participants will learn the techniques of identifying and developing teaching materials for all proficiency levels, and for different age groups, and educational settings in all four Hebrew language skills. 

Dr. Vardit Ringvald, Sharona Givol, and Liat Kadosh 

Noon - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 PM Assessment Tools and Assessment Issues

Participants will learn WHAT, HOW, and WHEN to assess their learners; and will become familiar with the various tools used for evaluating learning processes and outcomes. 

Dr. Vardit Ringvald and Sharona Givol 

Thursday, August 17 

Technology for Proficiency: How to Use Technology in a Proficiency Based Curriculum 

All morning sessions on August 17 will be held on the USC campus; afternoon sessions will be held at HUC. 

8:30 - 10:30 AM Session I - Acquiring Vocabulary at the Intermediate and Advanced Levels Following the ACTFL Guidelines, Aided by Technological Applications (Newslate and Hot Potatoes)

Dr. Rivka Geminder-Halperin and Hadassah Nemovicher 

10:45 - 12:45 PM Session II - Designing Web Based Assignments which promote Proficiency

Dr. Vered Shemtov 

12:45 - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 PM Session III - "The Proficiency Approach in the Teaching of Hebrew at the U.S. Military -- what can we learn from it?"

Captain (ret) Avner Even-Zohar 

3:45 - 6:00 PM How to Start Implementing the Proficiency Approach in Your School (at HUC)

Dr. Vardit Ringvald and Sharona Givol 

Presenters: (in alphabetical order)

  • Dr. Helena Curtain, Ph. D. Associate Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Professor Rivka Dori, Director of Hebrew Studies, HUC-JIR and USC
  • Captain (ret) Avner Even-Zohar, Chair of the Department of Turkish & Hebrew Studies, Multi Language School - Defense Language Institute (DLI)
  • Sharona Givol, Hebrew Language Coordinator, Jewish Community Day School, Watertown, MA
  • Dr. Rivka Geminder-Halperin, Chair, Hebrew Department, the Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Liat Kadosh, Hebrew Language Coordinator, Epstein Middle School, Atlanta, GA
  • Hadassah Nemovicher, Hebrew Department, the Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Vardit Ringvald, Director, Hebrew and Arabic Program, Brandeis University
  • Director of M.A in Hebrew Education, Brandeis University
  • Dr. Vered Shemtov, Associate Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Hebrew Language and Literature, Stanford University

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