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December 12, 2013

Israel | Education

Israel, UK team up to improve English education

New initiative will provide more training for teachers in Israel, but critic says the program won’t address fundamental issues

The Israeli education minister and his British counterpart signed a cooperative agreement Tuesday aimed at providing more training for English teachers in Israel, the Education Ministry announced Wednesday.

The initiative is not, however, expected to lead to a sea change in English-language instruction in the country.

As part of a five-year curriculum, the British Council has developed the Routes to Excellence program by which English teachers in Israel can take courses that will “improve their teaching and teacher training skills,” according to the council’s website. The program will include seminars and teacher training, and it will provide “skills for the English language tailored for the 21st century,” according to a statement from the Education Ministry.

The program does not constitute a major shift in Israel’s English education curriculum, but it will provide teachers with important resources, including language courses for teachers who feel they need to improve their skills, according to Chief Inspector for English Language Education Judy Steiner.

“We aren’t expecting a great improvement in students’ English specifically from this program, but we believe that better trained teachers with more tools they can use in the classroom will result in better teaching,” she told The Times of Israel.

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June 06, 2013

Israel | Asia

Mysterious pitfalls of teaching English in Israel

Teaching-English-in-Israel"If teaching English in Israel is on your horizon, you may want to read this teacher's story.

Schools and the ministry blame each other for the current state of affairs; I have only experienced a similar level of chaos in third world countries limping along on non-existent economies.

After volunteering as an English teacher in various schools for several months I was hired by a Druse school and a school in the Arab sector. The staff and children were welcoming to the point that I felt like a rock star most days.

Teaching English to such eager students, surrounded by mostly supportive staff should be pure joy. Unfortunately, month after month there was no sign of pay – instead more and more random paperwork was thrown at me by the schools and Education Ministry while I was patronizingly told to be patient. It was not until I started a mandatory six-month college course (about teaching English in Israel), where I met fellow (Anglo and Russian) English teachers that I realized we were all in the same sinking boat with no life jackets or preservers.

Report the full story from The Jerusalem Post.

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