Ruth Adler Ben YehudaDistinguished Senior Lecturer in Judaic Studies
Ruth Adler Ben Yehuda holds a B.A. degree in Hebrew and Arabic Language and a M.A. degree in Hebrew Language from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Before coming to Brown University in 1989, she served as Hebrew Instructor at Academic Rank in the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction, and Head Teacher at the Rothberg School for Overseas Studies of the Hebrew University. Her responsibilities also included supervising, training, and creating study materials for Hebrew teachers. She also served as Pedagogical Director in the Division of Adult Education in ORT ISRAEL. She supervised an adult education division consisting of thirty-five courses in various vocational fields; hired teachers; prepared and developed educational programs; updated course content; and guided students on how to fill their requirements as determined by the Israel Ministry of Education.
In addition to instructing beginning, intermediate, and advanced Hebrew language courses at Brown, Ruth is the Founder and Director of the Providence Ulpan,TAMAR, which is the first Hebrew Ulpan in Rhode Island; and the coordinator of Hebrew language instruction at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island in Providence. Since June 2002, Ruth has been an active member of the Hebrew Board of the New National Middle East Language Resource Center, which was initiated by the U.S. Department of Education. Ruth has been selected by the Undergraduate Council of Students at Brown University for the 2005 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Research interests include Hebrew language pedagogy, language learning and technology, music in teaching of foreign languages, the history of the Hebrew language, which includes other Semitic languages, and, of course, Judeo-Arabic (especially of the Jews in Yemen).
I am interested in creating authentic materials to be used at novice and intermediate levels. The idea for my last projectIsraeli Daily Life: Listening and Viewing Comprehensioncame from my extensive experience as a Hebrew teacher for all levels of proficiency. I always knew that there is a lack of authentic material to be used at novice and intermediate levels for developing the skills of listening and viewing comprehension. While there are some Hebrew viewing materials available, they all present prewritten discourse, spoken moderately to very slowly.
During the summer of 2006 and 2007, we filmed daily activities in urban settings in Israel. We filmed speakers of different backgrounds and at several registers within their natural settings. We filmed in a variety of real-life situations without prescribed texts. We believe that conversation in real situations helps students acquire the language and exposes them to the culture.
Daily Life in Israel was created in order to help students achieve two goals: (1) listening and viewing comprehension and (2) cultural comprehension. The project consists of a series of film clips and carefully crafted corresponding activities for the novice and intermediate level student. The varied activities include all of the language skills and can be a model for teaching reading comprehension as well.
Daily Life in Israel: Listening and Viewing Comprehension was published in the summer of 2011 by Hebrew University Academon Press. The project was sponsored by the National Middle East Language Resource Center. The project includes a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook and DVD.
In Israel: http://www.magnespress.co.il
In USA: http://www.myhebrewbooks.com
International Affairs Travel Fund (IATF), Brown University, 2014.
Humanities Research Funds grant from the Vice President for Research, Brown University, 2014.
International Affairs Travel Fund (IATF), Brown University, 2013.
CLS fund, Brown University, 2012.
Humanities Research Funds grant from the Vice President for Research, Brown University, 2007.
Humanities Research Funds grant from the Vice President for Research, Brown University, 2006.
The U.S. Department of Education issued by National Middle East Language Resource Center, 2006.