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Interested in making a significant contribution to English teaching in Israel?
Here is a very good opportunity!
The Book Evaluation Dept. in the Ministry of Education is looking for English teachers at all levels to evaluate coursebooks.For more information click here.
We are pleased to present you with the Revised English Curriculum (2013).
The format of curriculum has remained the same. The following are the new components have been integrated into the Curriculum:
Benchmarks for teaching English at the Pre-Foundation Level, in order to facilitate the teaching of the beginning stages of language acquisition to younger learners.
- Word and grammar lists, in order to standardize the linguistic content of materials being taught and tested.
- Higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) at all levels and all domains, in order to enhance learners’ understanding and critical thinking.
- Information Communications Technology (ICT) skills, in order to enable learners to be prepared to cope with the challenges of using modern digital tools.
- Key components for the teaching of literature (and access to information when appropriate) at all levels, in order to provide a more unified and comprehensive framework for literature teaching.
The English Inspectors will be meeting with you regarding the gradual implementation of the curriculum in your teaching. The main issues are to put more emphasis of the teaching of vocabulary and the use of higher-order thinking skills in all grades an in all the domains.
We will be posting further guidelines and practical ideas to help you with the implementation.
Good luck to us all,
Dr. Judy Steiner
Chief Inspector for English Language Education (posted Nov. 24, 2013)
Online Literature Courses for 2013-2014
In order to register for an online course, please click here.
Good Luck! (posted Nov. 19, 2013)
Table of Specifications for the Meitzav Examinations: Fifth and Eighth Grades 2014 (posted Nov. 19, 2013)
Meaningful English Language Learning - Sending Activities (posted Nov. 14, 2013)
On Sunday, November 10th and on Tuesday, November 12th, from 20:00 - 22:00 there will be an online meeting of English teachers and representatives from Matach, Arona Gvaryahu and myself. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the computerized Bagrut and to answer any questions you may have. For information about how to join the online meeting, click here,
Hope to see you all there,
Judy (posted Nov. 8, 2013)
Synchronous Lesson on Tolerance (posted Nov. 7, 2013)
List of Approved Sites (posted Nov. 6, 2013)
שאלות ותשובות בנושא בחינה מתוקשבת באנגלית / מאת ד"ר חיה לשם (posted Nov. 3, 2013)
FAQ's about the computerized English Bagrut exams for LD students (posted Nov. 3, 2013)
Literature Courses for 2013-2014
This is a list of all of the Literature HOTS courses which will be offered this year.
In order to register for a F2F course, please be in touch with the Pisga listed next to the venue of choice.
In order to register for an online course, please check this site again beginning next week for the link to the registration form.
Good Luck! (posted Nov. 3, 2013)
הנחיות לגבי התאמות בבחינת הבגרות באנגלית לתלמידים לקויי למידה ומידע לגבי בחינת הבגרות המתוקשבת – תשע"ד
Guidelines about Accommodations for LD Students Taking Bagrut Exams and Information about the Computerized Bagrut (posted Oct. 17, 2013)
Letter and registration for the computerized English Bagrut exams for LD students (posted Oct. 17, 2013)
An online course in teaching vocabulary, taught by Prof. Penny Ur, will be given at Matach.
The course is 30 hours and the target audience is practicing English high school teachers.
Registration will close after 35 teachers register. To register please click on this link. (posted Oct. 16, 2013)
Meitzav Updates from RAMA (posted September 8, 2013)
EFL Digital Pedagogy in Israel - Facebook Group
Digital pedagogy is not only the way of the future - it is already here upon us. This group is a place where teachers of EFL in Israel, especially (but not only) can show and tell, share, ask and answer questions about incorporating all things digital into our EFL classrooms. The group is affiliated with the English Inspectorate of the Ministry of Education in Israel and with the encouragement of the National Committee for Digital Pedagogy of the Israeli Board of Education. (posted Oct. 8, 2013)
2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON)
In a few days, thousands of educators from various different countries are expected to attend a free 3 day virtual conference, The Reform Symposium, #RSCON4. RSCON will be held October 11th to 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. Participants can attend this online conference from the comfort of their homes or anywhere that has Internet access. This amazing conference provides educators new or currently active on social networks the opportunity to connect with educators and professionals in the field of education worldwide. (posted Oct. 8, 2013)
Questionnaire for English Teachers about Students with Learning Disabilities Requesting Level Three Testing Accommodations (posted Sep. 17, 2013)
Calculation of Final Grade for Logs Summer 2014:
In light of the changes in the number of pieces for the Literature Program found in the Halima document which was publicized in June 2013, there will be three alternatives for the final calculation of the Log for Moed Summer 2014 ONLY.
Following are the three alternative ways for calculating your students’ Logs for Summer 2014:
Alternative #1: Include only the 6 required pieces according to the new calculation page in the handbook and on the excel spreadsheets on the TLC site.
Alternative #2: If you have already taught more poems than is necessary, count the student’s best poem grades and hand in only the 6 required pieces.
Alternative #3: If you have already taught all of the short pieces and only have the play left to do, you can either choose alternative 1 or 2 or hand in the entire number of pieces with the old calculation page (note: the excel spreadsheets on the TLC site are only for the new 6-piece programs)
As of Summer 2015, all Logs MUST include the required number of pieces and genres stipulated in the updated Summer 2013 Literature Teachers’ Handbook.
Changes in the Format of Modules A, B and C (for Summer 2015) (posted September 1, 2013)
Updates about LD Accommodations for the Winter Moed (pp. 8-11)
Newspaper Clip (posted August 30, 2013)
Information about the Meitzav Exams (posted August 30, 2013)
Training course for teaching the 2-pt Bagrut in Translation Skills (posted August 30, 2013)
Changes in the Bagrut Literature Program (posted August 26, 2013)
Dear English Teachers,
Thinking about the new school years that embarks upon us, I found two quotes that I especially liked and wanted to share with you:
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"
Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. ~William Butler Yeats
I think that this is what education is all about - providing endless opportunities for our students to think; letting our students discover new things and being creative with what they learn; and enjoying together with them those aha moments when it all comes together.
I believe the same is true for us as teachers. I wish us all many aha moments, with many smiles and laughter.
The best of wishes for a wonderful new school year!
Judy (posted August 26, 2013)
Benchmarks for the Pre-Foundation Level (posted August 26, 2013)
Dear High School Teachers,
We are very happy to announce the updated Literature Teachers’ Handbook, which can be downloaded from the front page of the TLC site. The updated Handbook includes all of the changes that have been decided upon and coincides with the Halima document. The entire file can be downloaded, however we highly recommend using it as a file on your computer, since the Table of Contents is linked to the different pages. At the end of the Handbook there is a linked Appendix, which leads to all of the charts and files you will need to fill in, as well as other enrichment documents that you will find helpful for implementing this program.
Wishing you and your students a wonderful school year! (posted August 21, 2013)
Dates of English Bagrut Examinations in 2014 (posted August 7, 2013)
Clarification regarding Approved Dictionaries
The list of dictionaries goes into effect starting 26/8/2013 for the school year תשע"ד. However, students who will be in the tenth grade in September 2013 (תשע"ד), and have already purchased dictionaries, can continue using them until they complete the twelfth grade (תשע"ו). (posted July 25, 2013)
The English Department at Bar-Ilan University is now offering an MA in English Literature with a focus on Literary Translation from the language of your choice. Click here for more information. (posted July 17, 2013)
Examples of Bagrut Answers - Summer Moed Bet 2013 - can be accessed at:
http://www.edu.gov.il/dugma (posted July 12, 2013)
Replacing the Mikud with a “Compatibility” Document (מסמך הלימה) (posted July 11, 2013)
This list of dictionaries goes into effect starting 26/8/2013 for the school year תשע"ד.
(posted July 7, 2013)
Approved Coursebooks (posted July 4, 2013)
Letter to Principals about Reporting the Grades for the Log (posted May 5, 2013)
The MA degree in language education at the School of Education, Tel Aviv University, is now open for new applicants!
Come and join us in this varied and fascinating program which merges theory and research in a broad range of topics including language learning and acquisition, literacy and language development, language policy, language in the public space, language maintenance, language rights, and more.
For details about the program, its content, registration, and further work opportunities, please see this brochure or contact the head of the program, Dr. Michal Tannenbaum: firstname.lastname@example.org. (posted Mar. 5, 2013)
The Fund for Innovative Teaching: Application for Grants (posted Mar. 4, 2013)
What Can We Learn from the Item Analysis of the Meitzav Exams? Recommendations for Teachers (posted Jan. 2nd, 2013)
Oral Kit for assessing speaking in English in junior high school (posted Dec. 9, 2012)
Winning Posters of the Yearly Theme - Healthy Lifestyle
You're invited to view the winning posters in the "Healthy Lifestyle National Competition 2012" for elementary school. (posted Dec. 8, 2012)
Table of Specifications of the Meitzav Examination, 2013: Fifth Grade Yearly Topic 2012-2013 (posted Oct. 22, 2012)
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Table of Specifications of the Meitzav Examination, 2013: Eighth Grade (posted Nov. 5)
Registration for the computerized English Bagrut exams (posted Oct. 11, 2012)
Literature Log : Approval Process for New Texts (posted July12, 2012)
Dear English Teachers,
I am happy and proud to share with you this article.
Due to your hard work and devotion, students are able to progress and to achieve higher levels of English.
Keep up the good work!
Dr. Judy Steiner
Chief Inspector for English Language Education (posted Sep. 5, 2011)