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 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


 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




 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)

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  Last Updated:  25/08/2016