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 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...

May 30, 2018

Dear Gaila,

How do I read a text? It is not only hard to read, but is dense with information. How do I get through it?

A Student

Dear Student,

I don't know if English is your mother tongue or not, but I will talk about both cases. First of all we assume that texts have sev...

May 23, 2018

What can you, as a parent, do at home to enrich your child's vocabulary?

First of all, all the games we mentioned in the previous column can be also played at home. Besides giving their vocabulary a boost, the games are good for quality, non-screen, family time and an o...

May 2, 2018

Do you have a student who needs to enrich their vocabulary? Here are a few tips to use in your classroom:

First you can use dialogues. Dialogues give students a chance to internalize artificially learned vocabulary through usage of real language. People are more interes...

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 15, 2017

Dear Mr. Naftali Bennett,

While I haven't received a response from you following all my letters about ideas to improve English fluency in Israel, I have been reading what you have been saying in the papers about suggested reforms, such as the one below. I am so excited...

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...

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