North American Jews in a Year-Long Volunteer Program in Israel: Identities, Motivations, Attitudes, and Hebrew Language Proficiency
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018, Pages: 101-109
Received: Jun. 1, 2018; Accepted: Jul. 1, 2018; Published: Jul. 24, 2018
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Smadar Donitsa-Schmidt, English Department, Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Rivi Carmel, English Department, Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel-Aviv, Israel
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The study investigated a group of 68 young North American young adults who volunteered to teach English in Israeli public schools for a year in the framework of a joint project conducted by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Education entitled 'Israel Teaching Fellows' that was inaugurated in 2013. Employing a pre-post design, the research explored their motivations for joining the program as well as the changes in their self-ascribed identity, attitudes toward Israel and its culture, and gains in Hebrew language proficiency and knowledge about Israel. Findings showed that after spending a year in Israel, the participants gained more knowledge of Israel and improved their proficiency in Hebrew, but no changes were detected in their attitudes and Jewish identity.
Identities, Motivations, Attitudes, Language Proficiency
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Smadar Donitsa-Schmidt, Rivi Carmel, North American Jews in a Year-Long Volunteer Program in Israel: Identities, Motivations, Attitudes, and Hebrew Language Proficiency, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2018, pp. 101-109. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20180604.11
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