Hava Douek


If someone were to ask me what I learned in my English class during my college years at Ben Gurion University, I wouldn’t have an answer. After years of sitting through boring English classes, I found myself with absolutely no understanding of the English language. Past progressives, predicates, past participles etc. were like confusing mathematical formulas that I had difficulty applying to daily conversation. When I ultimately moved from Israel to New York at the age of 26, my English was in need of much improvement. I became fluent in English simply through being surrounded by the language, by forcing myself to use it constantly until it became second nature. A few years later, when I decided to teach Hebrew as a foreign language, I knew that I didn’t want to teach it in the way I was taught to speak English. I truly believe that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it, whether it be through conversations, listening, or exposure to the culture that surrounds the language. Along my journey as a teacher I have tried my best to implement this philosophy. I work with the best Hebrew books and programs, and have spent two consecutive summers at the Hebrew College in Boston, where I was given fantastic tools to better teach my students the language that I hold so dear to my heart. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to Midreshet Shalhevet, and hopefully imparting to my students the love I have for the Hebrew language and for Israel.  

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