Middlebury Language Schools

 

Vardit Ringvald

Director, Middlebury-HATC Institute

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Vardit Ringvald, Ph.D., was appointed the first director of the Middlebury School of Hebrew in 2008. She served as professor of Hebrew and director of the Hebrew and Arabic Languages Program at Brandeis University until 2013, and she brings years of experience in language program development and implementation.  In 2013 Prof. Ringvald helped found and currently directs the Middlebury-Hebrew at the Center Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew Language.  This new entity promotes professional development in the field, from encouraging the growth of graduate degree programs to supporting research.

In 1996 she founded the Hebrew Language Summer Institute at Brandeis University and created the Master of Arts in Teaching Hebrew in 1998.  Prof. Ringvald served as the acting director of language programs for the Romance and Comparative Literature Department at Brandeis and as director of Oriental Languages.

Prof. Ringvald taught Hebrew language, culture and Hebrew teaching pedagogy at Brandeis from 1985 until 2013. She was a team member for developing the Hebrew Proficiency guidelines for ACTFL, Hebrew proficiency curriculum frameworks for secondary and postsecondary education for ACTFL and the United States Department of Education. She helped oversee development of materials to enhance reading and listening strategies for Hebrew learners at all levels under funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In addition to serving as chair of the SAT II for Hebrew and as advisor for Hebrew to the National Middle Eastern Language Resource Center (NMELRC), based at Brigham Young University, Prof. Ringvald serves on the committee for Hebrew language pedagogy for the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH). One of the developers of the Oral Proficiency Interview for Hebrew and an OPI trainer, she is the primary author of Brandeis Modern Hebrew. This volume, the first to be based on the proficiency method, is rapidly becoming the most-used modern Hebrew textbook in the United States.

As consultant to a wide range of schools and organizations that teach Hebrew, Prof. Ringvalds' areas of expertise are curriculum development and assessment. Her current projects include completing the second volume of the Brandeis Modern Hebrew textbook; a joint project with Snunit at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop an on-line resource for teaching and learning Hebrew as a second language, under funding by the NMELRC; and independent research on language and identity 

 

 

 

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HEBM 3152 - Intro to Biblical Reading      

Summer 2012

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HEBM 3398 - Intermediate Hebrew III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-high” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced- mid" or "advanced-high" depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2012

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HEBM 3399 - Intermediate Hebrew III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-high” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced- mid" or "advanced-high" depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2012

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HEBM 3400 - Intermediate Hebrew III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least "intermediate-high” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced- mid" or "advanced-high" depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2012

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HEBM 3401 - Advanced Hebrew      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least " advanced-mid" according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of ""advanced-high” or “superior " depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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HEBM 3402 - Advanced Hebrew      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least " advanced-mid" according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of ""advanced-high” or “superior " depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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HEBM 3403 - Advanced Hebrew      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a proficiency level of at least " advanced-mid" according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue to increase vocabulary through extensive reading; they will practice writing and speaking at different registers and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of ""advanced-high” or “superior " depending on motivation, effort and diligence.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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HEBM 6610 - Theories and Methodologies      

The goal of the 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.

Textbooks:
Teaching Language In Context ; Alice Omaggio Hadely
From input to Output: A Teacher’s Guide to Second language Acquisition; VanPatten Bill

Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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HEBM 6625 - 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.

Required Texts:
Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices; H. Douglas Brown

Testing for Language Teachers by Arthur Hughes

Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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HEBM 6641 - Hebrew Culture Past & Present      

The 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 Israeli identity.

Required Texts:
Oz Almog, The Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew
Gertz, Nurith, Myths in Israeli culture: captives of a dream

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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