November 14, 2018

One of the best tools I use for vocabulary development when teaching English as a second language are picture books. This includes older children! 

Picture books, like all books, enrich vocabulary. More than television or listening to speech. One reason is that books ar...

October 24, 2018

I want to share a really fun lesson plan I used a few weeks ago. This was my opening class for a multi-level classroom. I have fluent native English speakers along with weak English speakers and one high level Hebrew speaking student. Every lesson is a challenge, but t...

October 17, 2018

About a month ago we shared a fascinating article with you about how teachers are not being trained to teach reading!

The article rightly points out that all the brain research that has been done regarding reading too often does not match up to how teachers are taught t...

July 25, 2018

Some children - people - enjoy mysteries and figuring out the whodunit part. Others enjoy the thrill of it. Here are the most popular Mystery series I know:

1) A-Z Mysteries - 26 early chapter books of three quirky friends solving mysteries in the alphabetical order....

July 18, 2018

What is the difference between slang and idioms?


Dear Yael,

It is true that in many ways slang and idioms are similar. Both are expressions that reveal an awareness of the nuances in a language. They make you understood better, conveying a feeling to the listener tha...

November 16, 2017

מר בנט שלום,

אמנם לא קיבלתי מענה להצעות שלי לשיפור מצב האנגלית בארץ, אך אני עוקבת בעניין רב אחר הפרסומים של הרפורמות באנגלית המוצעות כדוגמאת כתבה זו שבהמשך. אני מאוד מתרגשת כי זה נשמע שאתה בכיוון הנכון וכנראה יש לך יועצים טובים.

לימוד אנגלית לילדי הגן דרך שירים ומשחקים ה...

November 9, 2017

שלום מר בנט,

זאת אני – גיילה כהן מוריסון מא.ה.ב.ה. שבוע שעבר העליתי את השינוי האולטימטיבי שמשרד החינוך יכול לעשות כדי לדאוג שכל ילד בישראל ידע אנגלית. ברם, עד שילדי הגנים ברי המזל יגיעו לכיתה א' עדיין נצטרך לעזור לשאר התלמידים. העצה שלי – שיעורים תכופים יותר! 2-4 שעות...

November 8, 2017

However, until those lucky preschoolers get to first grade we have to enable other children to acquire English easily.  The solution is twofold. More hours from an earlier age.

June 21, 2017

Dear Gaila,

In the past Dear Gaila columns you offered great suggestions for encouraging writing in English at home (see part I and part II). I would like to hear suggestions for a classroom. I have a challenging group with very weak writing skills. How can I strengthen...

March 15, 2017

Dear Gaila,

I have a weekly remedial teaching session with a weak Hebrew speaker. I use Reading Rocks! (which is excellent, by the way). However, every time we come across the "is" word my student gets confused. How can I explain the concept of "is"?

Thank you,



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