"Women Speaking Hebrew on Campus" is the result of a collaborative project between the nonprofit organization LISSAN and the Hebrew University’s Social Involvement Unit. The aim of the project is to impart Hebrew conversational skills to women and female adolescent from neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and to provide them with practical tools to help improve their Hebrew. Since 2013, over 1,800 women/adolescents have graduated the project, and over the past year alone, more than 500 women/adolescents have studied in the framework of the project.
The project is based on the belief that Jerusalem, where 37% of the population speaks Arabic as a first language, is a bilingual space in which there should be equal access to resources and opportunities for all its residents. Since 2013, LISSAN has been working to make Hebrew and Arabic – the two main languages spoken in Jerusalem – accessible to groups of people with an increased need for language, based on the principle of maximum accessibility and cultural, content-related, geographical and economic suitability.
LISSAN is a non-profit organization that promotes linguistic justice, by recognizing language as an essential resource and basic right. The organization was founded in 2013, when a group of women from Issawiya in East Jerusalem, who were facing a language barrier on a daily basis, sought a Hebrew learning program that would address their needs. In response, LISSAN, in collaboration with the Issawiya Community Center, established the volunteer-based project Medabrot Ivrit (Women Speaking Hebrew) which has grown and developed over the years, thanks to a wide collaborative network including the Hebrew University, which has provided a home for the organization's flagship project for several years now. "Women Speaking Hebrew" is LISSAN’s largest project and it operates in three branches: “Speaking Hebrew on Campus” in collaboration with the Hebrew University's Social Involvement Unit on Mount Scopus; "Women Speaking Hebrew - MA”AN" in cooperation with WAC-MAAN (Workers’ Advice Center) for the integration of women from East Jerusalem into the labor market; and "Women Speaking Hebrew - MATI" in collaboration with the Jerusalem Business Development Center to teach Hebrew skills to women who integrate into the workforce and open small businesses.
The project’s activities are based on the practical needs of the students and therefore the learning materials are designed to optimally address the challenges faced by the students as Arab-speaking residents of Jerusalem. The method of study is interactive with an emphasis on speaking skills and gaining confidence in the language. Each training team in the project works with 2-3 volunteers, and together they build and impart weekly Hebrew lessons to the various classes, at 4 levels of study and on the basis of accessible study material. Each training team has a coordinator who receives an annual scholarship from the Social Involvement Unit. The project’s training program is based on LISSAN’s pedagogical training program, which provides professional training and support throughout the year (no previous teaching experience required), alongside training in relevant social issues provided by the Social Involvement Unit.
A NIS 6,500 grant for assembling a training team in the program.
The grant is based on a total of 96 practical hours and 58 theoretical hours.
The grant hours will consist of four main components:
- Weekly classes and preparation for classes: building a lesson plan, meeting with the team of instructors, etc.
- General meeting on Tuesdays - once every two weeks, half of the meetings will have social content, the other half – pedagogical content.
- Field meetings with the project coordinator once a month at the end of the lesson - free discussion.
- Training sessions and various meetings throughput the year: induction training, feedback sessions, etc.
Applicants must send their resume and will be accepted for the position based on a personal interview.