MITF Professional Teaching Development - January 2019

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Date: Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 1:32 AM

1. Prof. Penny Ur

Teaching English: Some Practical Principles and Their Implementation

In this session Prof. Penny Ur  presents some of the practical principles that helped her as a novice teacher – and later! – to teach English successfully to students at various levels and of various ages. Participants will be invited to try out some of the ideas and to discuss issues that come up in the course of the session.



2. Prof. Penny Ur

Making Language Exercises Interesting 

Abstract: In this workshop, we shall look at and try out a variety of interesting – and boring – language activities, with the aim of identifying a range of factors that can help to make our lessons more interesting to students (and to ourselves!).

Workshop Presentation 

Textbook Exercises

3. Dr. Janina Kahn Horwitz

The Secrets of Reading in EFL

Abstract: This workshop will address the building blocks of learning to read and write in English as a Foreign Language. Participants will experience activities that promote the following components: phonemic awareness, letter-sound and sound-letter correspondence, combining word reading and writing with vocabulary acquisition. Case presentations will be followed by group discussion regarding effective intervention. 


Word Files 

Group 1 cards with consonant blends - English explanations

Group 2 cards with consonant blends - English explanations

Group 3 cards with consonant blends - English explanations

Group 4 cards with consonant blends - English explanations

Phonological awareness training - practical ideas

4. Lori Roth

Speak UP! Promoting the Speaking of English Right from the Beginning! 

Abstract: This workshop is designed to empower native speakers of English to promote speaking skills with younger learners.Native speakers bring a tremendous gift to Israeli children by exposing them to authentic language, accent, and foreign culture. In our session, participants will learn about the National Speak UP program, and how to integrate simple chants, cheers, and dialogues into their lessons.Tools for simplifying language, and structuring basic communicative activities will be suggested in order to help enhance communication with students.

Speak Up Workshop Navigation Card MITF

5. Simone Duval

Coping with Mixed Ability Classes

Effective teaching in the heterogeneous classroom using the UDL framework

Workshop Presentation

6. Leo Selivan

Using YouTube: Techniques for Using Online Video in the Classroom!

Abstract: Online video clips such as those on YouTube offer a valuable resource in authentic video for English language learners – but how do we exploit them effectively in the classroom? This workshop will explore a range of techniques, which go beyond listening comprehension activities to integrate online video into English language lessons.

Here's the link to the presentation:

The handout:

7. Lori Abramson

If You Can Sing It, You Can Say It: Teaching English through Songs 

Many of us have powerful memories connected in some way to music. Maybe it was a certain song that accompanied us through an important time in our lives; maybe we discovered a special song that made us laugh, cry, or dance. Research shows that music has a physical effect on students and the learning process – it can help us focus, it can awaken creativity, and create a pleasant atmosphere in the classroom, thus lowering the stress and tension of learning. In this workshop we will learn how to use music to teach English reading, writing, and speaking to elementary school students. Participants will leave this workshop with tools and ideas for planning your activity, choosing the right strategies for teaching vocabulary and grammar, and evaluating the results.

Workshop Presentation

Songs for the Classroom - Workshop Worksheet

8. Juan Pinto

Words, Collocations, and Technology: Teaching and Learning Vocabulary in the 21st Century

Abstract: Vocabulary is the foundational building block of any language. Though it may be difficult to convey accurate meaning without much grammatical knowledge, it is utterly hopeless to try to communicate without knowing vocabulary. This workshop will introduce participants to practical techniques and approaches to teaching vocabulary well. All of the methods and tools presented are based on sound findings from the field of second language acquisition. In addition to providing materials for teaching students, participants will be given valuable tools to help them efficiently learn useful Hebrew phrases for use in the classroom. This will help fellows with the often-difficult task of classroom management. Topics covered in this workshop include vocabulary-learning strategies, deliberate vs. incidental vocabulary acquisition, using collocations, and spaced repetition systems.

9. Hanny Fuks - English Digital Platform Manager & Pedagogical Advisor