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ERIC Number: EJ977008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
Hebrew as Heritage: The Work of Language in Religious and Communal Continuity
Avni, Sharon
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v23 n3 p323-333 Sep 2012
While Hebrew education maintains a dominant position in Jewish educational contexts, little research has looked at what the practice of Hebrew language education looks like on a daily basis. Drawing from an 18-month ethnography of junior high school students attending a private non-Orthodox all day school, this article critically examines the ways in which Hebrew was thought about and used in the classroom and during a two-week school-sponsored trip to Israel. Specifically, the article examines the multiple meanings that students and faculty infused into their use of Hebrew through their ideologies, words, and actions. It shows that the students and teachers drew upon Hebrew language ideologies in their daily practices, invariably appropriating them in complex and unexpected ways. This article concludes with a discussion on the relationship between heritage language learning and communal efforts to ensure continuity. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel