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Let's Turn Hebrew Learning on its Head!

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Published on Aug 1, 2013

We have been teaching Hebrew in our part time Jewish educational programs the same way, for decades! But our students are not achieving as we'd expect because we don't have enough time to achieve our goals and content, because the learning task really is difficult, and because we have been teaching Hebrew "backwards." This video explores these three issues in greater detail, explains why we need to shift our practices to respect the sound-to-print progression of language learning, and offers three specific recommendations.

The video was created by Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz, senior director of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, to create discussions among Jewish educators, Hebrew faculty and committee members. The video may be viewed as a whole (probably best the first time through), or with a focus on different segments. Timings for the latter are offered below:
The section on why students are not achieving our Hebrew goals begins at 1:32
The section on "time" begins at 1:57
The section on "difficulty" begins at 3:37
The section on "backwards teaching" begins at 5:52
The recommendations section begins at 8:20
The conclusion begins at 11:02

With thanks to the JECC staff, as well as colleagues around the country, who helped with this video's creation! For more information about Hebrew Through Movement see: http://www.HebrewThroughMovement.org. For more information about the new Hebrew decoding program see: http://LetsLearnHebrew.org.

PS - The automatic YouTube transcript has some very interesting "interpretations" of the script. If you want an accurate copy, contact nmoskowitz@jecc.org.

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