The Ivrit Beclick website is an online resource for the teaching of Hebrew language in the Diaspora. The resource was developed jointly by the Jewish Curriculum Partnership
(JCP) of the UK, and the Center for Education Technology
(CET) of Israel, with the support of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation.
The Ivrit Beclick resource includes graduated study units dealing with a variety of topics. Central to each unit is a short video clip depicting a situation in daily life, and the rest of the unit is made up of interactive activities and games, worksheets, flash cards, and other materials. Ivrit Beclick supports the teaching of Hebrew in primary/elementary schools, at grade 3 to 6 level, and may also be appropriate for students in grades 7 and 8 who have not learned Hebrew in primary school. Ivrit Beclick offers Hebrew teachers high-quality, interactive teaching materials, organized in four stages, each of which each of which has 6-7 study units. It thus helps students progress gradually, from stage to stage and from unit to unit, in all language skills, with grammatical topics integrated in a natural way in the context of the various items.
Progression within Ivrit Beclick
- Ivrit Beclick is a flexible resource that can stand alone or supplement other teaching programs or schemes of work;
- Ivrit Beclick can be used in all schools regardless of the numbers of hours dedicated to the teaching of Ivrit;
- Ivrit Beclick aims to build a bridge to Israel and develop an understanding of the lives of Israeli children
In the early stages, the language used in the video clips is comprised of very short, simple sentences, spoken slowly, a limited range of vocabulary and use of cognates where appropriate. As children progress through the stages, the spoken conversations become longer, the speed and range of language used increases, and pupils are gradually exposed to occasional use of unfamiliar language spoken at faster speed, to get them used to “gisting”. Key vocabulary and structures are revisited frequently for consolidation
The components in the Ivrit Beclick collection:
The video clips offer an encounter with the Hebrew language as a living language, and exposure to natural situations in the daily life of children in Israel. Viewing these clips offers the students familiarity with a developing vocabulary and with linguistic forms appropriate to the situations depicted in the video clips. The methodologies chosen for viewing the video clips can be varied thus providing the teacher with a variety of options for integrating the videos as part of their lesson plans. For example, a video can be projected on a smart board at the beginning of the lesson, with the aim of introducing the unit's new vocabulary and language patterns.
Alternatively, a specific section can be shown to conclude a lesson, by using the scene as a spring board for conversation, after studying the relevant vocabulary and language pattern. The resource includes 24 video clips showing scenes of daily life in Israel as well as sound files of a range of native voices allowing children to hear colloquial Ivrit, as spoken by children in Israel.
The video clips:
- Enhance the learning of Ivrit through exposure to a range of natural situations, Israeli culture and everyday life;
- Show interaction between children and their friends, families and teachers;
- Familiarize pupils with Hebrew language and structures, whilst demonstrating how these can be used within the context of a simple, unprepared conversation;
- Can be used to introduce a new vocabulary area, and help teach Ivrit as a second/foreign language.
The Ivrit Beclick resource offers interactive learning through a variety of activities and games, whose aim is to enrich and reinforce the students’ understanding of the linguistic items that they encounter in the video clip. The general approach is to have one activity devoted to the new vocabulary being acquired, together with activities that allow practice of the language structures being learnt in the unit. There are also activities devoted to reading comprehension, and so on.. Most of the activities include narrated text, so the teacher can decide whether to carry out the activity as a listening activity, or not to use the speakers and instead focus on reading. Most of the activities offer a variety of natural ways of using the vocabulary and language forms, and thus invite a continuation of the dialogue in class following their completion, which is essential in the teaching of a foreign language. Other interactive activities can be found as part of Hakol Hadash, which is linked to from the home page.
The worksheets offered with each unit expand on and offer practice for the language topics dealt with in the video clips and interactive activities. Each worksheet is adapted to a particular unit. The worksheets allow each student to independently practise the vocabulary and the language forms studied in class, and apply them in an individual context, such as an activity in which he has to write about him or herself and family. In addition, the worksheets can also be used for group work, and offer opportunities for discussion among the students.
Each unit provides a set of flash cards, which present the new vocabulary being learned within that unit. The flash cards can be used by displaying them on a smart board in class, from the website itself, or alternatively they can be printed onto cards.
Enrichment – Comics Generator and Digital Books
The Comics Generator
, which is linked from the home page of the Ivrit Beclick site, allows users to create stories in comic form, either jointly in class, or individually by students who register for the site. The system is simple to use and user-friendly. Writing short dialogues and/or construction of comic book stories using the generator allows students to develop oral and written expression skills in an inviting, confidence-building environment. It also gives them the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class, while using their creative abilities.
, CET’s textbook platform, is also linked to the home page, where teachers can find digital textbooks appropriate for teaching Hebrew as a second/foreign language, such as books from Nitzanim, Hakol Hadash and Ivrit Laderech series. Texts and activities from these series can be included in classroom lessons, either by screening them on a smart board, or by instructing the students to read them independently. In addition, as part of working with the texts, students can make use of the tools offered by Kotar
, such as highlighting, copying from the text, and so on.
The Teachers’ Section is designed to allow each community in the Diaspora to create a dedicated sub-section for the teachers working in its schools, including the ability to select the language in which the materials will be written. For example, the UK/England subsection, developed by JCP for teachers in Jewish schools in England, is written primarily in English, and is constructed around the framework syllabus for teaching foreign languages in England. This section includes references to the framework syllabus for grades 3-6, as well as ideas for using the content collection in class (“Teachers Tips”). The teachers’ tips are arranged in the sequence of the units, with each unit having a table showing the vocabulary and language forms being taught, and ideas of how to use items from the collection in class, as well as ideas for additional enrichment activities.