« Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Language Schools


CRN: 60319

Theories and Methodologies
The goal of this course is to introduce the main theories and methodologies in the field of learning and teaching foreign languages. Students in this course will also become familiar with the Proficiency Approach as a way to integrate the learned theories and methodologies, and as a tool to conceptualize frameworks for curriculum development. Students in the course will also be required to observe a Hebrew language class and submit biweekly written and oral reports of their observations.

Required Texts: Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices


CRN: 60323

Classroom Research Methods
In order to become effective teachers, our students constantly need to reflect on their practice as well as to be aware of the new trends and development in the field of SLA.
In this course, students will learn how to read research reports critically as well as to master a variety of skills needed to conduct meaningful research in their classrooms.
The course will train the participants to design research, to collect data, analyze it, and present it to their classmates for the purpose of group discussion and interpretation.


CRN: 60320

Developing Assessment Tools
Developing assessment tools for all language skills

The goal of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the basic principles for developing both formative and summative assessment tools for assessing their learner’s language skills. Students will experience the development of a variety of test types such as standardized and discrete-point tests as well as communicative competence and integrative language tests.


CRN: 60322

Materials & Curriculum Develop
Materials and Curriculum Development for Lessons and Units

In order to meet all students’ needs – teachers need to acquire the skill of understanding materials’ development so that they can make the best choices in selecting the appropriate experience for their learners mainly by using tools for identifying and analyzing the goals and perspectives embedded in the “commercially“ readymade materials. In addition, students will learn the principles of creating their own learning units – by identifying the ideal theme, articulating goals, and making decisions about materials and activities. This course will introduce students with sources that can provide them with authentic materials to support the language acquisition for their learners.

Required Texts: Action research in the world language classroom


CRN: 60659

Linguistics & Sociolinguistics


CRN: 60321

Hebrew Culture Past & Present
This course will focus on an examination of the intersections of literature, society, philosophy, and politics in the making of modern Israeli culture. Critical study of Israeli culture with special emphasis on literature, film, and art as sites of struggle over political and social meaning during times of cultural transformation in Israel. Topics will focus on the historical development of the Israeli identity.


CRN: 60579

Advanced SLA Theories
Advanced SLA Theories: Issues in SLA

This course focuses on exploring the newest trends in theories of learning and acquisition of other languages in different cultures and for different ages and linguistic levels. In this seminar, learners will learn how to identify valuable resources that can inform them on this topic during their study and as researchers and teachers.


CRN: 60580

Culture&Language: Connection
Culture and Language - Understanding the Connection: The Making of Modern Hebrew Culture

This course will explore the emergence, establishment and evolution of Modern Hebrew culture from the end of the 19th Century to the present. The course will be divided into three chronological units.
• Unit 1 - 1882-1948: The Origins and Development of Modern Hebrew Culture
• Unit 2 - 1948-1980: The Israeli State and its Culture
• Unit 3 - 1980-Present: The Critiques of Modern Hebrew Culture.
The course will examine the historical, ideological and cultural underpinnings of the Zionist project and later the State of Israel by using various primary sources, such as ideological essays, official documents, literary and poetic output, as well as cinematic and musical sources. The aim of the course is to provide students with a substantial historical and cultural understanding of the Modern Hebrew project. By the end of the course, students will gain competency in analyzing cultural artifacts and evaluating their social and ideological significance.


CRN: 60581

Adv Qualitative Reseach Method
Advanced Qualitative Research Methodologies: Stepping Stones to Your Doctorate

The course will focus specifically on how doctoral candidates can raise levels of thinking about their topic, their research process and their contribution to knowledge. It will discuss and provide practical models of generic critical features that have to be addressed in order to achieve the characteristics of doctorateness that examiners look for in a ‘good thesis’.
Thus, the course will deal with issues of doctorateness, the research process (design, methodology, and qualitative research methods), the architecture of the thesis, how to exploit the literature, coherence and cohesion, conceptualization (different levels of thinking in the research process) and auditing instruments.
The course will be a practical one where students will work around their anticipated topic of investigation - forming research questions, designing a conceptual framework, choosing the appropriate research methodology and methods, issues of analysis, and use of appropriate professional language (depending on the stage at which the participants are) .

The School of Hebrew
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
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F: 802.443.2075

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School of Hebrew
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753