Vardit Ringvald

Director of the School of Hebrew

C.V. Starr Research Professor of Languages and Linguistics

 work(802) 443-3574
 95 South Main Street

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 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.




Course List: 

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HEBM 5698 - Teaching Practicum      

The goal of this course is to allow students to apply their knowledge in a variety of educational frameworks from formal to informal settings and from k to 16. Mentors with teaching experience will provide support and instant critical feedback to students.

Spring 2016, Hebrew MA Hybrid

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HEBM 5700 - Integrated Seminar      

Spring 2016, Hebrew MA Hybrid

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HEBM 6610 - 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 Pedagogy

Summer 2016 Language Schools, 2-week SoH Session 1, Summer 2017 Language Schools, 2-week SoH Session 1, Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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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. Pedagogy

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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HEBM 6710 - 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.

Summer 2018 Language Schools, 2-week SoH Session 3

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HEBM 6728 - Beyond the Foundation      

This seminar will explore new trends in current research related to all periods of the Hebrew language. This knowledge will support the ability to research how Hebrew as a second language is acquired by a variety of learners in a variety of educational contexts.

Summer 2019 Language Schools, 2-week SoH Session 2

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The School of Hebrew

Elizabeth Gerner, Assistant Director

P: 802.443.5510

F: 802.443.2075

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