Yesh Va'Yesh: The Wohl Hebrew Programme for Secondary Schools
Yesh Va’Yesh is an innovative Hebrew programme for the 21st Century, designed to meet the needs of secondary schools in the UK, in particular 11 – 14 year olds. Yesh Va’Yesh has been developed jointly by PaJeS and the Center for Educational Technology (CET/Matach) in Israel, with the generous support of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation and other funders.
The engaging approach of Yesh Va’Yesh develops students’ ability to communicate in Hebrew and achieve an appropriate level of attainment and linguistic competence in the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The programme aims to increase student engagement with the Hebrew language, integrating elements of Israeli culture and education.
The Yesh Va’Yesh programme is progressive and comprises three integrated printed and digital textbooks, with accompanying teacher’s guides, videos, audio materials, digital activities, digital and non-digital assessment materials, differentiated worksheets and extra resources for use in class.
Individual student logins maximise the benefits of Yesh Va’Yesh, by enabling teachers to allocate online exercises and tasks to specific classes, groups and students, which are electronically marked and tracked. Logins also allow students to access the digital book and all the content of the programme from individual devices either at school or at home, including extra audio and video tasks. They also allow students to access the extra tools and resources detailed below.
Additional Online Tools and Resources
CET have developed a range of additional online tools and resources for secondary schools, which can be used in conjunction with Yesh Va’Yesh or separately.
The Mechina Programme is suitable for Year 7 complete beginners and teaches the Alef-Bet and basic Hebrew vocabulary. It would also be suitable for students who join the school in Year 8 or 9 with no previous knowledge of Modern Hebrew.
The Palulan is a verb generating and practice tool, which includes digital exercises, and is suitable for Year 9 and above.
The My Studio tool allows teachers to create their own digital exercises and tasks.
PaJeS provides CPD opportunities and one-to-one support for teachers of Modern Hebrew in UK secondary schools. This enables teachers to implement the Yesh Va’Yesh programme effectively, and also to keep up to date with new initiatives and approaches to teaching MFL in general. PaJeS has worked with a number of the UK’s top MFL trainers to deliver bespoke CDP events for Modern Hebrew teachers, including Rachel Hawkes, Greg Horton and Martine Pillette. In addition PaJeS has provided and facilitated training for the new specification AQA Modern Hebrew GCSE; run a 4 day training seminar in Israel for secondary Modern Hebrew teachers, in partnership with the WZO and CET; run a conference for primary and secondary Modern Hebrew teachers led by Dr Vardit Ringvald.
Teacher Training Opportunities
For information on opportunities and requirements to train and qualify as a teacher of Modern Hebrew in the UK, please contact the London School of Jewish Studies.