NETA Hebrew Lanuguage Program

NETA Hebrew Language

NETA is a dynamic Hebrew language curriculum designed for students in grades seven through 12. Created by Hebrew language curriculum specialists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, administered by Hebrew College and supported by The AVI CHAI Foundation, NETA is reaching students in more than 90 Jewish day schools worldwide — and the list keeps growing.

The NETA Mission

NETA seeks to provide a comprehensive linguistic and educational framework that enables Jewish secondary school students to advance to high levels of Hebrew proficiency. Grounded in principles of second-language learning, this framework includes an intellectually rich and sequential curriculum, preparation of a cadre of master teachers, ongoing professional development for educators, consultation to schools, and evaluation of educational processes and outcomes.

In so doing, we fulfill our commitment to cultivating a community of Jews who are poised to be active participants in the continual renewal of Hebrew culture and who feel a profound attachment to Am Yisrael (the Jewish people) and Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel).

NETA Hebrew Language Teaching Certificates

Hebrew College offers three certificate programs, in collaboration with NETA, for teachers of the NETA curriculum. The certificates are designed to help teachers advance in their careers as they gain experience with the NETA program.

As a certificate program student, you will gain knowledge and training to teach Hebrew as a second language in middle and high school, learn about theoretical linguistics and pedagogic methodologies of teaching Hebrew as a second language to teenagers, and gain experience through supervised fieldwork at a NETA school.

NETA Certificate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a competitive GPA
  • Official GRE scores
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for all foreign students whose first language is not English and who have not received a degree from an academic institution where the language of study was English
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors
  • Completed applications

Please note: These certificate programs require two application forms.

Certificate in Hebrew Language Teaching (21 Credits)

Designed for individuals interested in making a career of teaching Hebrew language, this certificate is suitable for individuals who are working in schools using the NETA curriculum, but open to other qualified students. You will gain experienced through supervised fieldwork at a NETA school.

Topics

  • Concepts of second language acquisition
  • Linguistics, history and literature of the Hebrew language
  • Linguistic progression
  • Developing proficiency in the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Components of a second language curriculum
  • Pedagogical and didactic skills for teaching Hebrew as a second language
  • Methods of evaluation
  • Teaching Jewish and Israeli literary texts
  • Teaching beginners
  • Special-needs and learning differences

Program Schedule

The certificate takes three years to complete. All coursework takes place during intensive summer institutes at Hebrew College.

  • Part I: Intensive 25-day course during first summer year
  • Part II: 40-hour, supervised Hebrew teaching practicum during school year
  • Part III: Intensive 10-day course during third summer

Course of Study

  • Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language I: Theory and Practice (150 classroom hours) — 10 credits
  • Supervised Fieldwork in Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language — 6 credits
  • Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language II: Theory and Practice (80 classroom hours) — 5 credits

Hebrew Certificate in Hebrew Language Teaching and Mentoring (21 Credits)

This certificate program is intended for career-oriented Hebrew language teachers who have been teaching the NETA curriculum for at least one year and are the coordinators of Hebrew teaching at their schools. You must have a profound commitment to deepening your knowledge and enhancing your teaching and peer-mentoring abilities.

Program Schedule

The certificate takes three years to complete. All coursework takes place during intensive summer institutes at Hebrew College.

  • Part I: Intensive 10-day course during first summer; 40-hour, supervised Hebrew teaching practicum during school year
  • Part II: Intensive 10-day course during second summer; 40-hour, supervised Hebrew teaching practicum during school year
  • Part III: Intensive 10-day course during third summer

Course of Study

  • Teaching and Mentoring I: Morphology and Syntax of the Hebrew Language: Theory and Practice (80 classroom hours) — 5 credits
  • Teaching and Mentoring II: History and Semantics of the Hebrew Language: Theory and Practice (80 classroom hours) — 5 credits
  • Teaching and Mentoring III: Hebrew Literature (80 classroom hours)—5 credits
  • Fieldwork in Teaching Hebrew for Coordinators (Supervised fieldwork in a NETA school, 40 hours over the course of two school years) — 6 credits

Certificate in Hebrew Teaching for Master Teachers (21 Credits)

Intended for veteran, career Hebrew language teachers with a profound commitment to deepening their knowledge and enhancing their teaching abilities, this certificate is suitable for individuals who have been using the NETA curriculum for at least one year.

Program Schedule

The certificate takes three years to complete. All coursework takes place during intensive summer institutes at Hebrew College.

  • Part I: Intensive 10-day course during first summer; 40-hour, supervised Hebrew teaching practicum during school year
  • Part II: Intensive 10-day course during second summer; 40-hour, supervised Hebrew teaching practicum during school year
  • Part III: Intensive 10-day course during third summer

Course of Study

Core classes are taken alongside candidates for the Certificate in Hebrew Language Teaching and Mentoring. Afternoon sections are designed specifically for master teachers.

  • Teaching for Master Teachers I: Morphology and Syntax of the Hebrew Language — Theory and Practice for Master Teachers (80 classroom hours) — 5 credits
  • Teaching for Master Teachers II: History and Semantics of the Hebrew Language — Theory and Practice for Master Teachers (80 classroom hours) — 5 credits
  • Teaching for Master Teachers III: Hebrew Literature (80 classroom hours) — 5 credits
  • Fieldwork in Teaching Hebrew for Master Teachers (Supervised fieldwork in a NETA school, 40 hours over the course of two school years) — 6 credits