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