English Teachers' Association of Israel

ETAI Spring Conference

"Wheels of Change"

Monday, March 26, 2007

Leo Baeck School, Haifa

Program

Driving from Tel Aviv: about 1 km. after the Maxim restaurant and Derekh Hayam intersection, turn right up Derekh Tzorfat, towards the French Carmel. After two traffic circles and a traffic signal, turn right uphill into the Leo Baeck campus. The Lokey center is at the top of the rise, with parking under the building.

Driving from the north: Drive through Haifa downtown, then turn left up Shderot ben Gurion (German colony) towards the Bahai gardens. At the Bahai gate, turn right and follow the winding road up until you reach a traffic circle: go straight across and then at the first opportunity left to the Leo Baeck campus.

By bus from the Hof HaCarmel Bus Station: Buses 31, 25, 99, 26

8:15  -  9:15
9:15  -  9:30
9:30 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:45
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00

Registration
Greetings
Plenary I
Coffee Break
Parallel Session 1
Lunch break
Plenary II
Coffee Break

Parallel Sessions II

Book Exhibition - ALL DAY

Lunch Break

12.00 - 14.45
Lunches courtesy of
ERIC COHEN BOOKS

Coffee breaks 10.15-30, 13.45 - 14.00
Coffee and cakes courtesy of
UPP

Registration and conference fees:

ETAI Members: 25 shekels

Non-members: 50 shekels

Students: 15 shekels

Retirees: 40 shekels

 

Groups of 10 or more ETAI members, and groups of 10 or more students are eligible for a discount. This must be arranged in advance. Phone the ETAI office at 02-500-1844 (1-6 pm, Sun - Wed)

You are kindly requested to wear your name tags throughout the day

Many Thanks to:

Leo Baeck School for hosting this conference
Eric Cohen Books for the lunches
UPP for the conference bags and for coffee and cakes
English Adventure for the name tags
London Publishers for the pens
WizKids for the writing pads

We wish you an enjoyable and fruitful conference!

Conference Conveners: Leraz Cohen-Kadosh, Omaima Kaldawy, Miriam Melamed,
Monica Rahvalschi, Fran Sokel, Liav Tal, Avi Tsur, Penny Ur.

How to get there: Buses 31, 25, 99, 26 from the Hof HaCarmel Bus Station. For driving directions, see the ETAI website. Or join an ETAI bus from the north - see separate slip.

Abbreviation Key

EL - Elementary

HS - High School

C- Commercial

EAP- English for Academic Purposes

JH - Junior High School

G - General

TT - Teacher Training

 

8:30 - 9:30 Registration

9:15 - Greetings and Plenary Sessions (in the Auditorium)

GREETINGS:
Danny Fessler, Principal of Leo Baeck School
Susan Holzman, Chair of ETAI
Chaired by: Miriam Melamed

9:40 - 10:30 - PLENARY

Judy Steiner
Chief Inspector for English Language Education
The A B B Cs of Change

10.15 - 10.30 Coffee Break and Book Exhibition

Session 1a -10.30 - 12.00: Longer workshops and lectures

Rooms

David Young: An Illustrated History of the English Language
Why does English look and sound as it does? Why is its spelling so problematic? Why no logic re. sound and letter? In this lecture I will present an illustrated history of the language from Anglo-Saxon times to today and answer the above questions, and hopefully many more. With slides bev@macam.ac.il

G

2212

Aviva Shapiro: Teaching Students to Take Responsibility for their Learning in English Class
My talk will focus on creative ways to encourage and teach pupils to take responsibility for their own learning by the use of goal setting, feedback and reflection. I will also guide teachers on different methods of listening to their students' voices in order to make their students partners in the learning process. shapiroaviva@yahoo.com

HS
JH

1103

Sharona Tel-Oren: A Historic Tale of a Unique Aliyah
An early Hebrew classic "The Dolls' Journey to Eretz-Israel" by Abraham Regelson -- a fanciful adventure story of a doll family's 1933 journey by land, sea and air to their Imma Sharona (aged 3) in pre-state Israel -- now in English translation by author's daughter Sharona (the original dolls' Imma). sharonateloren@hotmail.com

G
TT

1119

Barry Silverberg: The Reason for The Neesn: Simpler Songs That Work Wonders
There are many simple songs and chants that work wonders in the classroom. But many teachers don't know or have forgotten about them. The clusters of vocabulary etched into the brains of our pupils by such material will remain long after we have crumbled into dust (not that this is so far away anymore.) barisil@netvision.net.il

G

Auditorium

Do Naomi Roffman: Why Amir and Amira Can't Read
The presentation discusses the need to make changes in the way beginning reading is taught. Reasons for the emergence of "non-readers" are dealt with. Reading teachers have to be trained and the teaching of reading in English must become top priority on the agenda of the Ministry of Education.
naomi-r@actcom.co.il

TT
G

1109

Judy Astary: Marking Bagrut Exams - The Inside Story
Everything you always wanted to know about how Bagrut exams are marked: How are our students' Bagrut exams assessed? How is objectivity achieved? This workshop will present an overview of the real issues, problems and dilemmas that markers face. Participants will have a chance to try their hand at marking! judyastary@yahoo.com


HS

2213

Session 1b: 10.30 - 11.10 Shorter workshops and talks

Rawia Hayik: Raising Beginners' Phonemic Awareness
Research indicates the importance of raising learners' awareness of the sounds of phonemes before introducing the written letters. This presentation will provide teachers with different activities to raise their pupils' phonemic awareness. billy-w@zahav.net.il

E

1120

Tessie Sabbag & Janette Segal: Red Ted: Interactive Extravaganza - A Unique Approach to Teaching
Movie presentation starring our exciting book character, the funny flexible cat - Red Ted. Red Ted will explain what makes A Jump Start (interactive workbook 1st-3rd grades and false starters) and The Amazing House (interactive rhyming chapter book 4th-5th grades) unique from other books in the market. tessbeth@bezeqint.net

C
E

Ulpan

Judy Ronen & Orly Rostoker-Bloomenfeld: English Is Magic for Young Learners
We will be demonstrating our approach for teaching English to young learners based on our new book. rostokero@barak.net.il

C
E

2229

Micaela Ziv: Reading Strategies - The Key to Liberating Your 3-pointers
Good reading strategies are the key factor to moving your weaker students from 3 to 4 points- that all important leap enabling access to higher education. Sharing the how and why of 10th grade course book ZOOM. ziv@zivgroup.co.il

C
HS

2228

Judy Dobkins: Encourage Your Average Students to "Move Ahead"!
How can we encourage our 7th grade students to "Move Ahead"? A look at a new motivating course for students who need encouragement. judobkins@yahoo.com

C
JH

2214

Lea Kirshenberg: Back to Grammar
The question is no longer whether Grammar should be taught, but how it should be taught. Grammatical structures will be presented in context and many communicative activities will be introduced. The main objective is to show that Grammar can and should be taught in an interesting, effective way and IT CAN STILL BE FUN!!!!!? liaszz@walla.com

JH
HS

Mechitzot

Maggie Ben-Zion: Is There an Alternative to Keep Under-achievers On Track?
We will be looking at On Track Alternative, a new course for challenged 9th grade learners. elt@ecb.co.il


C
JH

1118

Session 1c 11.20 - 12.00 Shorter workshops and talks

Khuloud Asad Shbat & Ann M. Hansen: "Shaping the Way We Teach English"- A Pilot On-line Course
"Shaping" is a 14-module program designed to enhance the teacher's effectiveness in the classroom. Each module contains materials, activities and video segments of real teachers working in classrooms around the world. It is designed to be adaptable for use with students of all ages and levels of competency. kholodasad@gmail.com ann.mauderachel@gmail.com

HS
TT

Ulpan

Fran Sokel: The Knowledge Base of the Effective EFL Teacher. What Counts?
What do teachers need to know in order to be effective? Is knowledge in itself sufficient? If not, what else is central to effective teaching and learning? In this session we will examine these issues and draw some important conclusions in relation to our work as EFL teachers in Israel. sokel5@013.net.il

E
JH

1112

Miri Yochanna and Sarah Cove: Wow! Three Pals
Are you teaching the young learners and still looking for just the right programs? Then Wow! Three and Pals are for you. These three new exciting programs enable you to ensure your students' enjoyment and success in their first stages of English language learning. Come hear all about them. yochanna@012.net.il

C
E

2229

Leslie Cohen: Teaching the Holocaust through Literature
Israeli high school students commonly take a trip to Poland to visit concentration camps. This is an emotionally-charged experience, and the preparation for it should include appropriate reading and/or studying. My talk gives English teachers tools for approaching the Holocaust in a non-threatening way, and personalizing the learning experience. leslie_c@ein-hashofet.co.il

HS

2228

Debi Partouche: Connections: A Heterogeneous Book for Ninth Graders
The new textbook- Connections - will be presented in a powerpoint presentation with an emphasis on using it in a heterogeneous classroom. The presentation will show how each unit leads to a performance task incorporating what they have learned during the unit. debi_p@012.net.il

C
JH
TT

Mechitzot

Raya Sidi: A Better Way of Starting English
If you are looking for something different and better for beginners, use Start English, approved by the Ministry of Education. A combination of the phonetic and the global systems, it ensures reading and writing skills. It teaches the alphabet step by step, engages the learner in multi-sensory activities and encourages the absorption of a large vocabulary rayasidi@hotmail.com

C
E

2214

Andrew Wilson: Results for 3 points
A new two year course book for the 11th and 12th Grade Students at 3 point level, based on the successful "Results For" Series. andrew-israel@hotmail.com

C
HS

1120

Judi Alexander: Let's Go
A New Look at the Fifth Grade Let's Go! Is a new course book for the fifth grade with many new elements reflecting our changing times. elt@ecb.co.il


C
E
1118

Lunch break: 12.00 - 12:45

12:45 - 13.45 Plenary Session II: Auditorium

Amos Paran: Wheels of Change on Roads Not Taken: How much has changed in the use of literature in language learning?
Literature, once a mainstay of foreign language education, is said to have gone out of fashion and then come back in again. But is this a true account of what has happened? Or are there other stories about the place literature has taken in our teaching? In this talk I will explore the ways in which the use of literature in EFL has changed - or has not changed - in the last few decades. Starting with my own encounters with literature as an EFL learner in Israel, when Shooting an Elephant, The Rocking Horse Winner and The Devil's Disciple were the staples, I will attempt to combine an Israeli perspective with an international one.

13.45 - 14.00 Break and Book Exhibition

14.00 - 15.00 Parallel Sessions II (60-minute)

Meirav Zur & Noa Har-Paz: English on Stage: "Music Evolution"
A live presentation of an original musical interactive play in English intended for in-school performances, and designed specifically for high-school EFL students. Learn how to enrich students' English-learning experience. Come and breeze through the 20th Century to discover how American music evolved to what it is today! meirav@englishonstage.co.il

HS

Auditorium

Penny Ur: Wheels of Change in English Teaching
Wheels go round and round - do they come back to the same place? Or do they move on?I'll be looking at a few 'wheels of change' in English teaching in Israel. penny@macam.ac.il

G

1103

Avi Tsur: CAR LAND (Creating a Reality)
Launch an EFL revolution - your very own ENGLISH DAY at school. With good planning and positive energy - this initiative will turn the curriculum into a lively activity in which all benefit. tsuravi@hotmail.com

G

2214

Sarah Cove: The Role of Testing in Assessment
Assessment now includes a variety of alternatives. So, what is the role of the test today? Is testing still valid? What should a test include? When should tests be used? This workshop will address the issue of how, when and why to test as well as pointers on how to write a test. sarahc1@upp.co.il

G

1112

Gary Heller: Formative Assessment and Professional Teaching Standards
How can we help novice teachers develop and succeed in their teaching? The New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, assists new teachers in developing their teaching practices. Using formative assessment, mentors apply professional teaching standards to help teachers to succeed in their critical first year of teaching. hellerl@yahoo.com

TT

1116

Rachel Rifkind: Vocabulary Acquisition, Theory and Practical Application
We will look at recent vocabulary research and then examine a variety of vocabulary activities which attempt to implement the research results. rifkindr@gmail.com


G

1109

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