The Modern Hebrew curriculum will be based on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Language Guidelines (ACTFL) for K-12 Learners, which are based on and informed by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Thematic units of study at three levels of proficiency have been developed by the Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Teachers use this curriculum as a base and supplement with authentic texts, such as Hebrew language picture books. The Hebrew program at Lashon Academy will use these and similar texts selectively in order to accommodate the individual needs and levels of students and to ensure quality and consistency of the program. Some of the items represent materials that will be used for building early literacy skills, and some for modeling and reinforcing language patterns and vocabulary, as well as for developing reading comprehension skills. Lashon Academy places a strong emphasis on functioning in Hebrew through daily opportunities for developing and applying critical thinking skills. We adhere to the structural learning hierarchy developed by world-renowned education researcher Benjamin Bloom. Bloom’s Taxonomy is based on the premise that children develop higher-level thinking abilities through progression of increasingly complex stages of learning: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Using this structure, learners will engage in experiences that build their language facility to the level of evaluation.


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