Immersive Learning is More Meaningful
Learning a language is especially meaningful when you are immersed in it and when you know that being able to communicate in that language will be worth your while. At Yavneh we make learning Hebrew relevant not just as a tool for traditional prayer and a key to deciphering sacred texts, but as a spoken language for everyday living.
Benefits are Seen in All Subjects
With classes staffed by English and Hebrew speaking co-teachers, students in lower grades learn all parts of the curriculum in both languages. Learning Hebrew through dual immersion bolsters our students’ identities and benefits cognitive functions and academic learning across all subjects.
“Observing a kindergarten class the other day, we witnessed a teacher reviewing basic addition concepts in English with one group at the whiteboard, while her Hebrew-speaking partner teacher was facilitating another group of students in building number sentences in Hebrew using yellow and red cubes – encouraging her students to note the sums created by a variety of patterns of the cubes – all in Hebrew. This was part of the math lesson, not a direct Hebrew lesson per se, and the students related to it as such. The teacher wasn’t directly teaching colors, and she was not focusing on teaching counting. The children were not only picking up grammar and vocabulary; they were being taught how to think in Hebrew.”
– Zvi Weiss with Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper
Language Immersion in Action
Benefits of an Immersion Education
- Immersion education programs are the most effective way to learn new languages. Graduates of such programs achieve higher speaking and literacy skills.
- Immersion students typically score higher on standardized tests relative to their non-immersion peers, including in English language testing.
- Younger immersion students tend to become more accepting of diversity.
- Hebrew immersion classrooms create a stronger connection to Israeli culture.
- Immersion students are more flexible thinkers and have stronger critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Immersion classroom help develop stronger executive function (cognitive control), allowing students to have better focus, juggle multiple tasks, and adapt to changing conditions.