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Apr
2
Tue
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 11:00 am

The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program are now open. The program is designed to train Yiddish teachers in communicative language pedagogy, provide them with resources to assist teaching in a variety of settings, and offer ongoing support for pedagogic development. Yiddish instructors teaching a beginner’s Yiddish class in the 2019–2020 academic year are encouraged to apply by April 2, 2019.

Participants will attend two two-day workshops at the Center, which will take place July 21–22, 2019 and November 10–11, 2019. In addition, teachers will participate in an active online community, where they will exchange ideas, share resources, and receive support from program faculty throughout the academic year.

The two workshops will include:

  • seminars on effective methods to develop students’ linguistic and cultural proficiency in Yiddish
  • masterclasses on designing and implementing classroom activities and mini-lessons
  • discussions on best practices and challenges in the field of Yiddish pedagogy

The primary focus of the workshops will be on teaching beginner students of Yiddish using the Yiddish Book Center’s new communicative Yiddish textbook, In eynem. This multimedia textbook employs the communicative approach to language-learning and blends language with culture, using a diverse assortment of authentic texts. Participants will be provided comprehensive, easy-to-use materials and training on the most effective ways of using these materials in their classrooms. Teachers commit to using the In eynem textbook for a minimum of two semesters (or equivalent) during the year, while providing regular feedback and evaluation on their experiences.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Pedagogy Program is tuition-free and full room and board for all program participants during the two workshops at the Center. Participants also receive a stipend for travel expenses. The Center will also provide textbooks and classroom materials for all sessions. Participants receive a $500 stipend as well as discounted textbooks for their students.

Eligibility:
All candidates must have a minimum proficiency in Yiddish at the low-advanced level or higher. Candidates must be signed up to teach a beginner’s Yiddish class in 2019–2020.

To apply, please submit a completed online application form and all supplementary materials by April 2, 2019. For full program details, visit our website.

Questions? Contact Phoenix, education program assistant, at 413-256-4900, ext. 144 or [email protected]yiddishbookcenter.org.

Apr
12
Fri
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center
Apr 12 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 11:00 pm
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program are now open. The program is designed to train Yiddish teachers in communicative language pedagogy, provide them with resources to assist teaching in a variety of settings, and offer ongoing support for pedagogic development. Yiddish instructors teaching a beginner’s Yiddish class in the 2019–2020 academic year are encouraged to apply by April 2, 2019.

Participants will attend two two-day workshops at the Center, which will take place July 21–22, 2019 and November 10–11, 2019. In addition, teachers will participate in an active online community, where they will exchange ideas, share resources, and receive support from program faculty throughout the academic year.

The two workshops will include:

  • seminars on effective methods to develop students’ linguistic and cultural proficiency in Yiddish
  • masterclasses on designing and implementing classroom activities and mini-lessons
  • discussions on best practices and challenges in the field of Yiddish pedagogy

The primary focus of the workshops will be on teaching beginner students of Yiddish using the Yiddish Book Center’s new communicative Yiddish textbook, In eynem. This multimedia textbook employs the communicative approach to language-learning and blends language with culture, using a diverse assortment of authentic texts. Participants will be provided comprehensive, easy-to-use materials and training on the most effective ways of using these materials in their classrooms. Teachers commit to using the In eynem textbook for a minimum of two semesters (or equivalent) during the year, while providing regular feedback and evaluation on their experiences.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Pedagogy Program is tuition-free and full room and board for all program participants during the two workshops at the Center. Participants also receive a stipend for travel expenses. The Center will also provide textbooks and classroom materials for all sessions. Participants receive a $500 stipend as well as discounted textbooks for their students.

Eligibility:
All candidates must have a minimum proficiency in Yiddish at the low-advanced level or higher. Candidates must be signed up to teach a beginner’s Yiddish class in 2019–2020.

To apply, please submit a completed online application form and all supplementary materials by April 2, 2019. For full program details, visit our website.

Questions? Contact Phoenix, education program assistant, at 413-256-4900, ext. 144 or [email protected]yiddishbookcenter.org.

Jul
1
Mon
About the Great Jewish Books Summer Program
Jul 1 @ 3:09 pm – Aug 2 @ 4:09 pm

Session 1: July 21–26, 2019
Session 2: July 28–August 2, 2019

At the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Summer Program, rising high school juniors and seniors read selections from important works of modern Jewish literature and consider how they speak to the opportunities and challenges we face today. Under the guidance of college professors, they consider how the rich legacy of modern Jewish literature can inform us in the twenty-first century.

“I learned how to go deeper into the texts and find a completely new meaning to them. In addition, I met so many incredible people. I miss it so much already!”
-Great Jewish Books student

Although the program’s focus is on reading, this is not school in any conventional sense: Great Jewish Books is a lively program full of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities—and no grades—for students who read for the love of reading and who are eager to discover the treasures of the Jewish canon.

Participants spend their days at the Yiddish Book Center, immersed in a lively world of Jewish culture, and live in dorms on the nearby campus of Hampshire College.

Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events.

Great Jewish Books Summer Program students:

  • read and discuss important works of modern literature by writers such as Franz Kafka, Sholem Aleichem, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and Isaac Babel.
  • learn from college faculty as well as prominent visiting writers (including, in past years, novelists Allegra Goodman and Jami Attenberg, poet and critic Adam Kirsch, and graphic novelist and scholar Ilan Stavans).
  • develop skills for literary analysis and self-expression that will prepare them for college.
  • meet other teenagers from across North America who love to read and who care about literature and Jewish culture.
  • get a taste of college life, from dormitory living to seminar-style classes.
  • discover how modern literature connects them to ancient traditions and contemporary ideas.

Students at Great Jewish Books come from a wide variety of backgrounds, Jewish affiliations, and experiences. We welcome people with multiple heritages, people of color, LGBTQ+ participants, and non-Jewish participants. Anyone who has an interest in Jewish literature and culture is welcome to apply. A printable flyer is available for download below.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Margaret, education program assistant, at [email protected] or 413-256-4900, ext. 152.

New! Follow us on Instagram at @greatjewishbooks to see photos from previous years, news from the Center, and updates on the 2019 program.

Support for the Great Jewish Books Summer Program has been provided by Walter, Arnee, Sarah, and Aaron Winshall.

Aug
5
Mon
Workshop on Teaching Yiddish
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – Aug 9 @ 10:00 am

Workshop on Teaching Yiddish
August 5–9, 2019

During the week after the Summer Program ends, participants interested in issues of teaching Yiddish will spend a week of study, discussion, and demonstration. To be addressed: general questions of language pedagogy and the specific challenges of imparting Yiddish.

International and Financial Applicants Apply by: February 28*
General Applicants Apply by: April 2

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*Financial aid is available for international and domestic students.

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