Research Professor, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew
Member since Oct. 21, 2014
A TEACHER’S TEACHER A pioneer in teacher education, Dr. Ringvald created the Master of Arts in Teaching Hebrew in 1998. One of the developers of the Oral Proficiency Interview for Hebrew, she is the primary author of Brandeis Modern Hebrew, Volumes I and II, the first textbooks to be based on the proficiency approach . In 2008, Dr. Ringvald became the first director of the School of Hebrew in the Middlebury Language Schools, a position she still holds. She serves as an adviser to the National Middle Eastern Language Resource Center based at Brigham Young University, and she previously served as chair of the SAT II, and other national committees for Hebrew and foreign language pedagogy. Current projects include independent research on language teaching and language identity and, in collaboration with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, an investigation into “Gender and the Teaching of Hebrew.”
As a consultant to many schools and organizations, she specializes in curriculum development, teacher preparation, and assessment— with the goal to professionalize teachers and school-based Hebrew programs.
Fellow cast-members - and the hundreds of you in the audience that our analytics tell us have been following (really!) – I want to alert you that we’re bringing this conversation to a close in the next 24 hours; in this context, at least. We/You have covered an incredible amount of ground.
With the end of the week approaching (it will be Shabbat here in Jerusalem in just a few hours), do you have any final thoughts? Is there something that’s surfaced here that you want people to hold on to? Is there a last thought that this conversation has provoked that you want to share?
Give us your best final shot!
Welcome to CASJE’s second-ever blogcast!
Over the next few days, a fascinating group – our cast - will undertake an online conversation about Hebrew Language Education in North America. Building on previous efforts of CASJE, we’ll be especially interested in exploring how research can help advance this often challenged field.
There are many different Hebrews, and many different purposes to learning Hebrew; what’s it all about for you? What fuels your passion for this language?