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  The National Program to Promote English Teaching and Learning    (posted September 2016) 

 This week, the World's Largest Lesson will take place in classrooms around the world. We invite you to join in.
 

What: The World’s Largest Lesson is a global lesson in which classrooms worldwide take part and learn about the
 Global Goals for Sustainable Development during the same week.  This is our opportunity to have our students take part in a lesson with students from all over the world; one that will raise awareness of an important issues.


Where
:This year, in Israel, the World’s Largest Lesson will focus on Goal Number 10, Reduced Inequalities within and among countries.  The lesson for English classes focuses on the the story of Pakistani child activist, Malala  Yousafzai, to illustrate the issue of inequality in education.  (Malala was shot in the head for speaking out about the lack of education for girls and then went on to become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Price.)
 
When: The World's Largest Lesson is now in its second year (and will run annually till 2030.) This year’s lesson will take place during the week of September 19-22, 2016.  (Products can be sent in till September 30th.)
 
We recommend this lesson for 5-point English classes.The idea of the lesson is to make the students feel connected to other students in the world while raising awareness of important topics. 
 
How: Register your class  and then use this version

Students share their work (a slogan, poster or clip) by September 30th. This technically allows teachers who can’t manage it next week to have a bit more time.  Do try to run it next week so the students will be part of a simultaneous global effort. Please make sure to register your class even if you do not send in Products by September 30th (though  of course we hope your students do).


All the best,
Jennifer Sternlicht and Sara Dayan   (posted September 2016) 

 I wish you a successful and fruitful school year. A new beginning is a chance to renew our commitment to teaching our students towards achieving success in reading, writing, listening and especially in speaking.

I hope you all have a smooth and enjoyable school year.

Tziona     (posted September 2016)

 Congratulations to Tziona on her appointment as the new Chief Inspector for English Language Education!  Tziona - I wish you only the best.  May you meet the challenges that await you with creativity and positive thinking.  May you continue to pursue your passion for improving English language education in Israel.  I wish you every success, both professionally and personally, and you know, I am always here if you need me.  Judy.  (posted July 2016)

 Here are the opening remarks that our new Chief Inspector for English studies in Israel, Tziona Levi, gave at ETAI:

Good morning everyone.

I feel very honored and humbled to stand here before you today as the new Chief Inspector for English studies in Israel. Since many of you do not yet know me, I would like to say a few words about myself and my view of English teaching and teachers.

 

My name is Tziona Levy. I live in Beit Shean and have been teaching there for 27 years, including experience teaching junior high, high school and 12 years as a counselor for elementary schools in the northern region.  In 2013, I completed my doctorate in the field of assessment for learning at Tel-Aviv University. This past year, I pursued a post-doctorate research project about teachers' learning at Haifa University. While my background is varied, most recently I have been the head of the English department for the ORT high school network.

 

I have always loved learning, and it is this love of learning that drives me to learn from you English teachers, about your students' specific needs and how you think we can move English instruction forward. 

 

I was asked at the interview last week why I wanted the job. Not an easy question, as I was perfectly happy with my position at the ORT network. However, my answer was and is crystal clear to me, as I stand here, in front of this audience of English teachers and language professionals. I am many things, but first and foremost, I am an English teacher, who loves teaching.  I believe together we can do so much to make a difference in English instruction in this country. This is my passion.

 

I am inspired by the vision of teachers meetings in smaller communities to learn from each other about their teaching, analyze teaching experiences and share best practices.

 

I believe we must connect with colleagues, create a passion for learning, act on the professional and heartfelt inclinations that engage us as educational leaders; be inspired by other teachers’ practices and ideas. Listen to one another. Be energized by interactions with fellow teachers so that instructional practices can improve, and as a result, students will benefit from our enthusiasm. Finally, we can build on strengths to provide as many authentic learning opportunities for as many different students as possible.

 

Working in learning communities you can discuss hopes and dreams for your students, share your vision, inspiration. Share and analyze best practices and learn to identify the unique strengths of individual learners while addressing teaching and learning goals.

 

It is my firm belief that empowering teachers to learn from their practice and refine their vision will encourage creativity, wonder, deep learning, joy, engagement, and authentic connections to feed the soul and energize them amid the competing demands of standards and students’ needs.
In short - imagine, implement, share, inspire.

 

When you ask any language learner what is it that he would like to do with their language, his immediate reply is always 'knowing how to speak'. Here lies an opportunity to put an emphasis on speaking and productive skills. I'm sure you would agree that leaving this to high school is far too late. It is a skill that should be nurtured as early as possible. I am aware that this will require support and resources (such as the still underused ASK kit that appears on the Rama site), as well as skillful classroom management and time.

 

We cannot ignore the great strides forward made in English teaching under the guidance of my predecessor, Dr. Judy Steiner, whose forward thinking brought about so many new directions in English teaching in Israel. And on behalf of us all I would like to thank her for her long years of dedication to the profession.

 

As I begin this new role as Chief Inspector, I will aim for a continuation of everything that has contributed to our English-teaching world.  In other words, I will be seeking Evolution and not Revolution.

 

At this point, I would like to mention a few educators who had a strong impact on my professional development. First, a former regional English inspector, Judy Kemp, who was the first to model a successful learning community for me as a counselor. Prof. Elite Olstein, who taught me about language learning and reciprocity, Prof Elana Shohamy, my PHD advisor and Mary Greenberg, the former Ort Head of English studies, who taught me first hand all about diplomacy at the work place.

 

Finally, I must say a word about our wonderful ETAI. Israel's unique grass-roots organization devoted to the development of teacher professionalism.
I look forward to fruitful cooperation with ETAI in the years to come.

 

I would especially like to thank the organizers of this international conference for putting together a rich intriguing program, and to thank the teacher presenters for their willingness to open their door into their classroom to share their practices and experience.

 

Let’s all have a truly engaging, enhancing and energizing three days.
Thank you.

Tziona Levi  (posted July 2016)

 

  Changes in the School-Based Assessment Program in English: Literature – Modules B, D and F and the External Module G (posted March 2016)

  שינויים בתכנית ההערכה וההיבחנות הבית ספרית באנגלית


A Letter to High School Principals about Diplomacy and International Communication in English (posted February, 2016)

 Diplomacy and International Communication in English
אני שמחה לבשר שבאישורו של ד"ר משה דקלו, מנהל אגף הבחינות ,תלמידים יכולים לשלב מגמת דיפלומטיה עם מגמת ערבית או כל שפה אחרת.
! מאחלת לכם הצלחה עם פתיחת מגמת דיפלומטיה בבית ספרכם
ג'ודי וג'ניפר    (posted January 2015)

 I am happy to announce that we have in our Facebook group - English Teaching Community in Israel more than 4000 members from all over the world who are sharing ideas, asking questions, and getting answers!


We are still waiting for all those who haven't yet joined! You can join the group by logging into your Facebook account and in the search box entering the name of the group or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1579374488953020/ 
(posted May, 2015)

 

 

Bagrut Examinations


 


 List of Approved Texts for the Three-Point Literature Program (posted September 2016)

 List of Approved Texts for Logs – Four and Five Points Literature Program (posted September 2016)

 Approval Forms for the Literature Program for Modules B, D and F (posted September 2016)

 Information about Teacher-Training 2016-17 in Diplomacy and International Communication in English (posted May 2016)

 Rubric for Assessing Oral Social Interaction (posted December 2015)

 בחינות הבגרות באנגלית לנבחנים אקסטרניים: החל ממועד חורף  2016 (posted November, 2015)

 Dear Teachers,

We are happy to present you with the updated version of the Teachers' ​Literature ​Handbook.
 
PLEASE NOTE: There are TWO versions. The OLD version is still relevant for this year's 12th graders. The NEW version relates to this year's 10th and 11th graders and beyond. ​(posted October 2015)

 

 Approved Dictionaries for the English Bagrut Exams (posted October 2015)

 Hozer Mafmar and Sample Exams (posted August 2015)

 Curriculum 2015 (posted May 2015)

 Dear teachers,

Many of you have asked me how the final grades for 3, 4, and 5 points are calculated.  Below is the explanation.  Please note that this is only for students who are in the 11th and 12th grades this year.  Hope you find this useful!

Three Points
A = 27%
B = 26%
C = 27%
Oral exam = 20%
TOTAL:  100%

Four Points
C = 27%
D = 26%
E = 27%
Oral exam = 20%
TOTAL:  100%

Five Points
E = 27%
F = 26%
G = 27%
Oral exam - 20%
TOTAL:  100%     (posted April 2015)


 To Download – Form for Inspector's Approval to Mark Bagrut Exams

 
 

General

 


 Information about Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
(posted September 2016)

 English Teachers Needed to Mark Meitzav Tests (posted September, 2016)

 This week, the World's Largest Lesson will take place in classrooms around the world. We invite you to join in.
 

What: The World’s Largest Lesson is a global lesson in which classrooms worldwide take part and learn about the
 Global Goals for Sustainable Development during the same week.  This is our opportunity to have our students take part in a lesson with students from all over the world; one that will raise awareness of an important issues.


Where
:This year, in Israel, the World’s Largest Lesson will focus on Goal Number 10, Reduced Inequalities within and among countries.  The lesson for English classes focuses on the the story of Pakistani child activist, Malala  Yousafzai, to illustrate the issue of inequality in education.  (Malala was shot in the head for speaking out about the lack of education for girls and then went on to become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Price.)
 
When: The World's Largest Lesson is now in its second year (and will run annually till 2030.) This year’s lesson will take place during the week of September 19-22, 2016.  (Products can be sent in till September 30th.)
 
We recommend this lesson for 5-point English classes.The idea of the lesson is to make the students feel connected to other students in the world while raising awareness of important topics. 
 
How: Register your class  and then use this version

Students share their work (a slogan, poster or clip) by September 30th. This technically allows teachers who can’t manage it next week to have a bit more time.  Do try to run it next week so the students will be part of a simultaneous global effort. Please make sure to register your class even if you do not send in Products by September 30th (though  of course we hope your students do).


All the best,
Jennifer Sternlicht and Sara Dayan

 Dear English teachers and counselors,

This year, the Inspectorate of English will offer a variety of online in-service training courses to develop 21st Century skills.

These courses are part of the Ministry of Education's professional development "greenhouse" program called
איחוד מול ייחוד  (Unification versus Specificity) and are a special opportunity for teachers who are interested to learn and work on models for the literature initiative in their classes.

As part of "pedagogical greenhouse", Pedagogical Secretariat, developed a training model that combines online instructional expertise with knowledge in the different disciplines to contribute to the development of a common pedagogical language across the disciplines and in the schools.

This year, five online courses of 30 hours each will be taught in English:
Registration for the courses has begun.  The courses themselves are slated to begin in January.
To register for:

פדגוגיה בעידן החדש-Teaching in a Digital Age- Storytelling (for teachers of all grades)

רטוריקה- Get them Talking (Rhetoric and Public Speaking for teachers of elementary and junior high)

דיבט-Debating Matters (high school) -  click here
scroll down to the generic course title in Hebrew and choose the course listed as אנגלית.

To register for either
מטלת ביצוע-Literature Projects and performance-based tasks (-מטלת ביצועhigh school)

מטלת ביצוע-Conflict Management Project (מטלת ביצוע, teachers of the advanced Diplomacy major) - click here

Additional details are in this letter in Hebrew

To a year of fruitful learning and teaching.
Yours,
Tziona          (posted September 2016) 
 
 The Ministry of Education together with the National Lottery (Mifal HaPayis) is offering scholarships to train student teachers of English. The aim is to recruit and encourage more individuals to become English teachers in Israel while coping with the shortage of English  teachers in the country. (posted August 2016)


 Bulletin of the Chief Inspector for English (Hozer Mafmar) (posted August 2016)

 An Educational Program on the Holocaust (posted April 2016)

 Teaching English to Immigrant Pupils in Israel Principles and Practice (posted March 2016)

 Dear teachers,

As you know, students are glued to their phones, especially to Whatsapp.  Why not take advantage of this application in order to provide an opportunity for them to read about interesting topics in English?
 
We are happy to ​announce a new Whatsapp project in which ​we will send teachers a short reading text on a variety of topics of interest to students in the 7-12 grades.  Teachers will then forward the post to their students in their own Whatsapp groups.

The idea behind this project is to encourage students to read more outside of the classroom. It can be a basis for a short class discussion or if teachers decide, they can add questions and give extra bonus points to students who read and answer the questions.


The Ministry of Education has already been doing Whatsapp projects such as this in other subjects and they have been ​extremely successful.


We are inviting JHS and HS teachers who have Whatsapp groups with their students  to register for the project. Messages will be sent using a broadcast list in ​W​hatsapp.​​ I​n order for you to get the Whatsapp messages, please add my phone number to your contacts 052-4779394 Sigalit Whatsapp Project and please fill out your details in this form.  (posted February, 2016)

 
 
 
 
 
 
   Last Updated:  28/09/2016  

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