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ERIC Number: ED363113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Hebrew to Adults.
Fischler, Ben-Zion
Ariel, n69 p4-13 1987
A history of the teaching of Hebrew to adults chronicles both the role of Hebrew as a unifying force among Jewish people around the world and efforts to improve the effectiveness of instruction. It is proposed that the rebirth of Hebrew has been due to substantial work, and contributed to the language's expansion from a holy to a literary and spoken language. "Ulpan" refers to Hebrew language instruction for children and adults alike, worldwide. Establishment of the state of Israel was a major factor in the growth of Hebrew instruction. Little is known about early efforts at instructional methods, but anecdotal evidence suggests that techniques used were practical and sometimes innovative. Organized effort appears to have begun in 1958, the tenth anniversary of the Israeli state, when senior instructors were sent to North America to awaken interest and encourage institutions. Currently, Hebrew instruction for adults is accomplished by two principal means: ulpan and college classes. Ulpan centers have been established in a number of countries. A major barrier to second language instruction, the cultural barrier, is generally not present in ulpan classes. Hebrew studies in higher education date back to the fifteenth century. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Note: Pages 9-10 (non-textual in content) have been deleted.