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ERIC Number: EJ1097242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
Literacy and Second Language Intervention for Adult Hebrew Second Language (HSL) Learners
Fanta-Vagenshtein, Yarden
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v7 n1 p79-94 2011
Language proficiency is a crucial factor for immigrants to integrate successfully in the new society in all aspects of life, especially in the labor market. As a result, there is great importance in acquiring the new language as quickly and effectively as possible. Several factors affect second language acquisition, including motivation, age, cognitive abilities, and cultural differences. Thus, it is important that the curriculum for second language acquisition be adapted according to different backgrounds of the learning groups. Israel, an immigrants' absorbing country, has instituted the Ulpan, a school for intensive courses in Hebrew as a second language. Yet the program did not adapt itself to people with different backgrounds, such as those of immigrants from Ethiopia, most of who are non-literate. Although Ethiopian immigrants went through this program, they are still dealing with the difficulties of the Hebrew language. This article suggests an alternative model which adjusts the curriculum, based on the target group's needs.
Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. 315 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-7866; Fax: 706-542-3817; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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