The Common Framework and the Hebrew Language Teaching: online workshop

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July 11, 2021 to July 15, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Languages, Linguistics, Religious Studies and Theology

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

המרכז להוראת תרבות ישראל באוניברסיטאות בעולם

The International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization

ביה"ס לתלמידים מחו"ל ע"ש רוטברג - היחידה להוראת עברית

Rothberg International School - Division of Hebrew Language Instruction







The Common Framework and the Hebrew Language Teaching:

Theoretical Approach, Practical Applications, and Distant Learning


Online workshop

Jerusalem, July 11-15, 2021 / 2-6 Av 5781


Workshop Director:  Dr. Tania Notarius (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Polis - the Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities)


The International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization is pleased to announce that we are renewing our activity, and the Continuing Workshop on University Teaching of Hebrew Language is now accepting applications for this year’s session. The workshop will take place on July 11–15, 2021 / 2–6 Av 5781 in a virtual mode. The topic of the workshop will be the same as announced in 2020 (cancelled because of the situation) and will focus on the Common Framework of Reference as applies to the Hebrew Language Teaching, with a special emphasis on the communicative methods of teaching language in a virtual classroom.


The International Center's workshops on University Teaching of Hebrew are designed to suit the interests of instructors of Hebrew as a foreign language in colleges and universities and to provide necessary theoretical knowledge and practical tools. The workshop includes lectures, practicums, and discussions.


The field of foreign language teaching is changing worldwide, and the recent overall shift to the online teaching is only one of the actual challenges. On the one hand, the communicative and goal-oriented methods are gaining wider acknowledgement. On the other hand, there is a need for objective tools for setting level hierarchy and level placement, for assessment of language performance, and for providing a basis for mutual recognition by academic institutions. The expert team in the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction at the HU has been working at formulating the framework that assesses broad levels of ability in terms of the goal-oriented approach suggested by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The framework promotes reception, production, interaction, and mediation abilities for spoken and written communication. Likewise, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has launched the Language Centre, which applies CEFR in the teaching of several foreign languages in the Faculty of Humanities, working in close cooperation with instructors of the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction.


While the common reference framework is language-neutral, learning goals and methods in class are language-specific, and the long-established heritage of Hebrew language teaching remains relevant. New textbooks are necessary that will address distinct groups of learners and provide them with strategies for communication and proficient operation at different levels and in specific situations. The methods of Hebrew teacher training are also a subject of on-going change. We invite you to take part in the process of strategic thinking and planning in the field of Hebrew language instruction. Candidates who have concrete experience with the methods and practices of CEFR, as well as with alternative global frameworks (like ACTFL), and with the methods of the online language instruction, are particularly encouraged to apply and, optionally, to present the fruits of their labor.


The workshop is conducted in cooperation with the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction at the Rothberg International School for Overseas Students. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to observe classes conducted by Division teachers and to hold joint discussions on concrete issues related to Hebrew teaching. The Academy of the Hebrew Language is a co-organizer of the workshop; the program will include lectures and presentations by Academy staff. 



General information:

  • Participation is limited to a small number of university teachers of Hebrew, selected from applicants from all over the world.
  • The fee for participation in the online workshop is $120 for five days (we reduced the fees considerably). 
  • The workshop will be conducted in Hebrew.
  • The workshop will be conducted at the afternoon hours (to accommodate participants from different time zones as much as possible).


Interested applicants should submit a CV by e-mail to:

The program of the workshop will be published shortly.

Contact Info: 

Ms. Masha Kitaichyk, coordinator

International Center for Teaching Jewish Civilization

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem