In the middle school, we continue our model of providing differentiated, small group instruction in Hebrew to advance the individual student’s proficiency levels in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Returning students who reach or are advancing towards the intermediate level, for example, can: speak/write about people, activities, events, and experiences, express preferences on topics of interest, make/prepare presentations on issues they have researched and communicate through journaling. They can understand basic information in ads and announcements and identify the main idea in a variety of texts, including magazine articles and short novelettes.
For newer Hebrew learners, we focus on building foundational skills, advancing students through the novice levels. Examples of novice tasks include: being able to communicate basic information about oneself or others, tell about one’s daily routine, ask and answer simple questions, and interact with others in everyday situations. At this level of proficiency, students can present basic information about their lives and immediate environment using phrases and simple sentences. They can also understand the main idea of a conversation that they may overhear.
All curricular units focus on topics that are of interest to middle school students and emerge from their daily, real life experiences. Topics include but are not limited to family roots, daily schedules and hobbies, social issues, and transitions.
Middle school students also enjoy ongoing opportunities to participate in music, drama, and dance within the context of Hebrew language and culture.