תואר שני (M.Ed.) באנגלית – הוראת אנגלית בעידן הדיגיטלי
Teaching English as a Foreign Language in a Digital Age
Headed by Prof. Elite Olshtain
Special scholarships for students who excel in their studies
The goal of the program is to empower teachers to better their professional profile in order to contribute to the improvement of the quality of English taught in Israeli schools.
The program aims to promote excellence and to have a positive impact on English teachers' self-esteem and public image. This goal will be achieved by deepening content
and pedagogical knowledge through study and research in three areas of crucial importance in the English classroom, (1) the English language, its grammar, use, and
acquisition by non-native speakers of English, (2) the development of literacy, pupils’ diverse needs and ways to address these needs in the classroom, and (3) opportunities for
recruiting and using advanced technology in the service of language education.
Methods of instruction throughout the program will develop in graduate students (practicing teachers) an understanding of the nature of research and scholarship in the
field and their relevance to professional excellence. The courses aim to encourage thought and analysis of empirical data rather than to impart established beliefs. Experiential and
hands-on activation in the classroom will be accompanied by careful follow–up and observation techniques leading to professional insights. Technology will play a
significant role in both the academic and the professional development, which will be possible thanks to the Shaanan state-of-the-art facilities and computer infrastructure.
The graduates of the proposed M.Ed. will be able to act as leaders within their schools and the wider sphere of education, both in promoting an effective language policy (English as well as other languages) and in sustaining a high level of technological support to the school curriculum.
The Digital Perspective
The digital perspective of the program relates to three parallel components, the acquisition of (1) theoretical background, (2) personal experience, and (3) development of
advanced skills needed in academic high-tech environments. This will enable graduates of the M.Ed. program to acknowledge and accept responsibility in addressing their own
students’ needs and the changing needs of society in a digital age. In courses throughout the program, students will be given ample opportunity to use technology and digital skills
in order to gain knowledge, work on individual research, and take part in individual and group projects. Consequently, they will be able to take full advantage of modern
technology in managing their professional growth as well as their own teaching, gradually relenting frontal teaching by focusing on managing their students’ learning.
The two-year M.Ed. program is made up of regular and hybrid courses in four areas of study: Foundations, Literacy Development, Communication in a Digital Age, and
Educational Research. The courses may differ slightly from year to year.
Students are expected to participate regularly in classes on campus and asynchronic online sessions, and submit assignments punctually. As part of the degree, they write two
seminar papers. Studies culminate in a Final Project involving research in which theoretical issues with practical relevance are investigated. Following recognized
academic and professional standards, students combine knowledge and insights gained in their graduate studies with their professional experience as practicing teachers.
Students develop a deeper understanding of the sociolinguistic environment and of learning and teaching processes in Israeli classrooms, where English is taught as a foreign language to populations with diverse educational needs.
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