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 I am very happy to announce that I have opened up a Facebook group called: English Teaching Community in Israel. You can join the group by logging into your Facebook account and in the search box entering the name of the group.

Come and join us!

Judy                   (posted December, 2014)



Bagrut Examinations


 Please note:  The rubrics for the oral exam have been re-posted.  Thank you to Natalia Pinchevsky who sent me a teacher-friendly version in light of the changes of having to give a grade out of 100.  Thanks Natalie.  (posted December, 2014)

 Reminder:  As in the past, schools need to keep a copy of form 13 and also to send a copy to the English Inspector of your school.  There have been many cases this year of mistakes that schools have made regarding the Oral Exam, and in order for the Testing Dept. to make the corrections, schools need to send this form.  So please, keep in a safe place :)  (posted December, 2014)

 Dear Teachers,

As already announced, the Testing Dept. has a new form (9555) for marking the oral exam.


On the form 9555, grades for each of the five criteria need to be given out of 100 points. After the grades are sent in to the Testing Dept., the computer converts each of the grades according to the weights they were given. In this case, 20% for each of the criteria.
The tester does NOT calculate the final grade.  S/he only fills in how many points (out of 100) for each of the criterion.

The following is a breakdown of what each question represents:
Question 1 - Interview - Accuracy
Question 2 - Interview - Communicative Ability
Question 3 - Project Presentation
Question 4 - Project Accuracy
Question 5 - Project - Interaction


This is a powerpoint from the Marvad, explaining the process, the revised rubrics (which are now out of 100), the 9555 form, the 13 form, where the grades are kept at 20 so that teachers can see what the final grade is.  Please note that there is a conversion table at the end of the document of the rubrics which lets you know if you want to give, for example 18 points, how many points that will be out of 100.


If you need any help, there is a moked for questions at the Marvad:
 03-5300804, 03-5300805, 035300815


Wishing your students good luck!
Judy  (posted December, 2014)
 Bagrut teachers please note:
The Testing Dept. has changed the forms for reporting the grades for the Oral Exam (9555) and for the Oral LD exam for special education students, nivchane mishne and external students (9544).  Please make sure to fill out the correct forms!

Lots of good luck to your students!
Judy     (posted November, 2014)

 Explanation about Bagrut examinations for External Students (posted November, 2014)

 We are in the process of selecting new literary texts for the literature Bagrut exam for modules D and F.  Teachers who would like to suggest a text are requested to send the following information to Bari Nirenberg at bari.texts@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 26th:

Name of text
URL or book in which the text appears (or a scanned copy of the text)
The level (four or five points) for which you are suggesting the text

Please note that in order to be approved, texts must meet the criteria in the literature Handbook.  You can review the criteria here.   (posted November, 2014)

 Information about the Bagrut Exams, Winter 2015 (including the timetable) (posted November, 2014)


 Information about Students with Learning Difficulties Requesting Testing Accommodations   
הנחיות להתאמות בבחינת הבגרות באנגלית לתלמידים בעלי לקויות למידה ותלמידים בעלי קשיים מיוחדים – תשע"ה  (posted November, 2014)

 Information about the Computerized Bagrut Examinations (posted November, 2014)

 Table of Specifications for Modules A and C (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 Calculation of the School Grade (ציון בית ספרי)   (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 FAQs regarding the Changes in the Literature Program and the Bagrut Reforms (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 Rubric for Assessing the Written Task - New Module C (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 Changes for Modules A and C for Students in the Tenth Grade, September 2014 (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 In the Winter moed, students will write their answers in the literature exam booklet, as they had done in the past.  (In other words, it will not be like it was in the Summer when the students answered the questions in a separate notebook.)  (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 Listening Files of the Bagrut Examinations  (posted Nov. 3, 2014)

 Dates of Winter and Summer Bagrut Examinations (posted Oct. 20, 2014)

 Explanations of the Changes in the Literature Program  (posted Sept. 9, 2014) 

 To Download – Form for Inspector's Approval







 Information about the ETAI Winter Conference in Beer Sheva
 (posted December, 2014)

 I am very happy to announce that I have opened up a Facebook group called: English Teaching Community in Israel. You can join the group by logging into your Facebook account and in the search box entering the name of the group.

Come and join us!

Judy                   (posted December, 2014)

 Course Registration for courses on Teaching Higher-Order Thinking Skills through Literature for the 2014-2015 school year is now open. If you have not yet taken one of these courses in the past, please click on this link to register for one, today! (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 Diplomacy and International Communication in English (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 מכתב למנהלים:דיפלומטיה ותקשורת בינלאומית בשפה האנגלית – מקצוע בחירה חדש
(posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 Information about Literature Courses Offered in 2014-2015 (posted Nov. 5, 2014)

 The approved bilingual dictionary is the Zilberman which is in grey with red stripes (not the small red one ed. 2008)

Shimon  Zilberman, The New Comprehensive Hebrew-English/ English Hebrew Dictionary, 2012. (posted Oct. 27, 2014)

 Pedagogical Counselor for English Teachers of Immigrant Pupils in Israel (posted Oct. 25, 2014)

 Breaking News!; Article in Walla about the new elective, International Communication in English: מגמת אנגלית חדשה לתלמידי 5 יחידות בתיכונים (posted Aug. 15, 2014)

As of September 1, 2014, more than 700 teachers had registered their interest in taking the 60-hour teacher training course in the Art of Communication. There are far more teachers interested than there are spots in the course. Nevertheless, we have decided to keep registration open. The process of selecting the teacher most able to implement the program will require the completion of a separate form (one signed by your principal, the form will be posted here in the next two weeks). The teacher training course will most likely run from January-the beginning of July, 2015.  -Jennifer Sternlicht, the National Coordinator of International Communication in English, at starlightfam@gmail.com
 A Practical Guide for Teaching Vocabulary (posted Aug. 11. 2014) 


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