Vardit Ringvald

Dir, Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew, Dir, School of Hebrew

 
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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 

 

 

 

Courses

Course List: 

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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 I      

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 2011, Summer 2012

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HEBM 3402 - Advanced Hebrew I      

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 2011, Summer 2012

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HEBM 3403 - Advanced Hebrew I      

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 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. Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM 6615 - Classroom Research Methods      

In order to become effective teachers they 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 classroom. 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. Pedagogy

Summer 2015 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. Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM 6629 - 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 Pedagogy

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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HEBM 6631 - Using Technology for Teach FL      

Using Technology in Teaching Foreign Languages

The goal of this course is to introduce teachers to a variety of technological tools that can enhance learner’s language acquisition. Tools to improve motivations – access to authentic materials, program that can assist in acquiring grammar and syntax. Students will experience the tools; learn how to incorporate it into the curriculum and to evaluate its effectiveness. Pedagogy

Summer 2015 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. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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

Mailing address
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

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schoolofhebrew@middlebury.edu