n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Validation through Hebrew literature

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This paper deals with the selection of teaching material at school-leaving and tertiary levels in Hebrew learning institutes outside of the state of Israel. It proposes that, in addition to the core teaching material that is Israeli literature, one should include a sample of local works, as these are of great benefit in validating the students' lives as well as the viability of Hebrew language and literature. Such material, written in Hebrew, yet portraying familiar existence, interlinks various aspects of students' identity - such as their religious or ideological affiliation, together with their domestic life experience - with the Hebrew language. Furthermore, the paper suggests that personal validation through this particular study material may attract students to researching this field and lure them to produce similar works if they have the literary inclination.

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