Rationale of the Conference
The International Online Conference, "עברית בקוונה תחילה: Teaching Hebrew as an additional language to diverse populations in Israel and around the world", which will be held on Sunday, May 10 and Monday, May 11, 2015, will focus on issues concerning the teaching of Hebrew as an additional language to diverse populations in Israel and around the world as well as on the challenges these issues pose for teachers, teacher educators, researchers, educators, and policy makers.
The revival of the Hebrew language constituted the focal point of the Zionist vision, as did the creation of a new Hebrew culture in the Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel. Today, it is necessary to teach Hebrew to unique populations for which it serves as an additional language: Jewish communities in the Diaspora, new immigrants, minorities in Israel, migrant workers, and other communities around the world.
The themes of the International Online Conference are drawn from this reality. During the conference, discussions will take place regarding issues such as the similarities and differences between the teaching of Hebrew to diverse populations and the implications of suitable ways of teaching for each population; the continuum between Hebrew as a language of identity and culture on the one hand and Hebrew as a language of communication and as a tool for fitting into Israeli society on the other; the teaching of written Hebrew versus the teaching of spoken Hebrew.
As is the case in the teaching of any field, it is also necessary to pay attention to study planning and curricula, teaching methods, textbooks and study aids, teacher education, measuring and evaluation, and so on, in the field of teaching Hebrew as an additional language.
The discussions that will take place during the conference will be based both on research and on practical experience. Special emphasis will be placed on the discussion of technology-supported teaching and teaching in online environments.
The academic committee of the conference hereby invites teachers, researchers, and policy-makers to present their experience and research in the diverse fields that will be dealt with at the conference.