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Curriculum Vitae

I. Personal Information

Name: Shira Koren, (nee Naor)

Rank: Senior Teacher as of October l, 2004, plus tenure

Marital status: Married with three children

University Address: Dr. Shira Koren, EFL Unit, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, Israel

E-mail Address: shira.koren@biu.ac.il

Home Page: http://efl.biu.ac.il/node/1894

 

II. Academic Qualifications

A. Academic Degrees

1993   Ph.D. in applied linguistics, Bar Ilan University, under the guidance of Prof.          Bernard Spolsky from the English Department. Topic of Ph.D. dissertation: The Relevance of Musicality to the Acquisition of Foreign Language Pronunciation.

1980    MA in linguistics from Tel Aviv University under the guidance of Dr. Ruth            Berman.

1977    Teaching certificate in English from Tel Aviv University.

1975    BA in English literature and linguistics from Bar Ilan University.

 

B. Expertise in teaching and in other areas

1. Teaching reading comprehension, academic writing, oral presentation and listening comprehension.

2. Pronunciation (all aspects): teaching, testing, assessing students' and children's perception and production, creating tests, writing courses, designing online courses, reviewing online courses, conducting research, publishing, delivering lectures in conferences and more.

3. Research interests: Fairy tales, fairy tale rewrites, children's literature, Jewish history, gender studies, dictionaries, vocabulary acquisition in first and second language, attitude and motivation in FL learning, FL pronunciation acquisition.

 

III. Academic Work and Studies Overseas

A. Sabbaticals

2012 (April-June) Sabbatical at Oxford University, United Kingdom, affiliation with The Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and with The Faculty for Oriental Studies. Research in the field of Victorian female Jewish writers.

  2009 (September-November) Sabbatical at New York University, New York City, affiliation with the Hebrew and Judaic Studies Department, the Goldstein-Goren Institute for American Jewish History for part of the Fall Semester. Research in the field of American Jewish Women's History.

  2005 (September-December) Sabbatical at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; affiliation with the Gender Studies Program for the fall semester. Research in history of the American woman.

 

B. Summer Institutes Overseas

2003 Summer Institute: Using Technology in the Second Language Classroom. The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, August 11-15 (30 hours).

2000 Summer Institute: Strategies-Based-Instruction. The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, July 17-21 (30 hours).

1977  A three and a half week course in linguistics and the English Language at Cambridge University, England (July 12-August 6).

 

IV. Publications

A. Academic

 

  1. Articles

2017 (April) "The recent abundance of fairy tale rewrites: A reflection of massive social changes." Humanities and Social Sciences Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 107-122. [REFEREED]

2012 (December) "Nina Salaman, poet and scholar: "The fusion of the old Judaism with the modern western world." Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Spring 2012, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-17. [REFEREED]

2012 (April) "Children's developing awareness of the complex meanings of the "sleep verbs". Novitas-ROYAL: Research on Youth and Language, 6 (1), 81-109. [REFEREED]

2010 (December) "The story of Marian Greenberg: The forgotten Hadassah activist". Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-22. [REFEREED]

2009 (Spring) "Discovering the Other Side of Dorothy Rodgers: The "One-Woman Lobby on Anything and Everything"". Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 1-21. [REFEREED]

2002 (September) “English for law students: the policy of the law faculty at Bar Ilan University and its results”. Helkat Lashon 33-34 (Israeli Applied Linguistics Journal), pp. 148-164. [REFEREED]{in Hebrew}

2001 (March) “Transformations of the classical fairy tales in 50 years of the State of Israel”. Maagalei Keria 27 (Journal published by Haifa University), pp. 23-33. [REFEREED]{in Hebrew}

2001 (March) “Danielle: A voyage to maturity”. Maagalei Keria 27, pp. 94-96. [REFEREED]{in Hebrew}

2000 (October) “Words, words, words: About the acquisition of words in English as a foreign language through the computer and hypertext”. Helkat Lashon 29-32, pp. 409-432. [REFEREED]{in Hebrew}

1999 (November) “Pronunciation Power: A CD-Rom” (a review). TESL-EJ 4 (2) (Teaching English as a Second Language – Electronic Journal). [REFEREED]

1999 (Summer) "Quicktionary Reading Pen”. TESOL Journal 8,2, pp. 40-41. (a review). [REFEREED]

1999 (Summer) "Is integrative motivation necessary for achieving a good pronunciation in a foreign language?” Helkat Lashon 28,pp. 73-99. [REFEREED] {in Hebrew}

1999 (June) “Vocabulary instruction through hypertext: Are there advantages over conventional methods of teaching?” TESL-EJ 4 (1), A-2, pp. [1-18]. [REFEREED]

1998 (May ("Parodies and travesties of the classic fairy tales: the meaning of the illustrations and everything beyond the text". Maagalei Keria 25-26, pp. 115-126. ]REFEREED[. {in Hebrew}

1998 (Winter (. "Which dictionary should be used?” Hed Haulpan HeChadash 75 Journal about Hebrew for Newcomers, published by the Ministry of Education), pp. 31-40 {Upon request of the editor; translated version, with new editing, of the article about dictionaries from TESL-EJ, January 1997}.{in Hebrew}

1997 (Winter) With Shai Aran. "Can pronunciation be further improved after the completion of a pronunciation course?" Helkat Lashon 25, pp. 85-102. [REFEREED] {in Hebrew}

1997 (June) "Assumed similarity of Hebrew speakers to English speakers". Balshanut Ivrit 41-42 (Applied Linguistics Journal, published by Bar Ilan University), pp. 119-130. [REFEREED]. {in Hebrew}

1997 (June) "Listening to lectures in L1; taking notes in L2". TESL-EJ (2 (4), A-1, pp. [1-16]. [REFEREED].

1997 (January) "Quality versus convenience: Comparison of modern dictionaries from the researcher's, teacher's and learner's points of view". TESL-EJ 2 (3), A-2, pp. [1-16]. [REFEREED].

1996  (Winter(, "The relevance of musicality to the acquisition of foreign language pronunciation". Helkat Lashon 23, pp. 132-164.[REFEREED]. {in Hebrew}

1996 "The connection between musicality and foreign language acquisition". Hed Ha'Ulpan Hechadash 70, pp. 7-15. {in Hebrew}

1996 (May) "The classic fairy tales: parodies and travesties” .Be’Emet?! 9-10 (Hebrew Journal for children's Literature), pp. 61-78. ]HALF REFEREED[. {in Hebrew}

1995 "Foreign language pronunciation testing: A new approach”. SYSTEM 23(3), pp. 387-400. [REFEREED].

1995 "Pronunciation course for newcomers: Is it possible and worthwhile?" Hed Ha'Ulpan 69, pp. 36-46. {in Hebrew}

 

2. Chapters in Academic Books

(2010) "How do children acquire the 'sleep' verbs: sleep, get up, fall asleep and wake up in their native language?" in How Do Children Learn Best? Editors: Derya Sahhuseyinoglu and Dzintra Ilisko. Ankara: Children's Research Center Turkey Publications, pp. 128-135.

(2009) "Dynamic, Interactive Classroom Activities", in: Teaching English as a Second Language: A New Pedagogy for a New Century. Editors: Manish A. Vyas & Yogesh L. Patel. New Delhi: PHI Learning, pp. 249-259.

(2001)  “Cinderella at the close of the second Millenium”. Iyunim Besifrut Mashva (Book published by the literature department, Bar Ilan University), pp. 87-114{in Hebrew}

 

3. Textbooks and On-line Material

From 1990 on, preparation of many booklets for students of pre-advanced and advanced I and II levels, consisting of edited and authentic texts and questions, general readers plus readers for criminology students and social science students, plus booklets for the teaching of writing for MA and Ph.D. students. In addition, preparation of on-line material for all degrees, available in the Moodle site.

 

4. Computer Programs

2003    Participation as a consultant in the project of an online Hebrew pronunciation program in the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University, Division of Hebrew Language Instruction.

1996/7 "TEXTFUN: A Program for Practice of Reading Skills", computer program on the Internet, intended to be used by all levels except for M.A. Address: https:// faculty.biu.ac.il/~korens/textfun/shir0.htm.

1994/5 Creation of a computerized data base of all the unit's texts and questions classified according to levels for the use of all teachers. Technical editing of all; improvement of questions of some of the advanced level.

1993/4 Creation of a computerized data base for advanced course teachers with worksheets, quizzes and tests on textbook. Technical editing of all; improvement of questions of most. Management of data base for 3 years.

 

5. CD-ROM

1996/7 With Dr. Shaunnie Shammass. Demo CD-ROM for a pronunciation course for Digispeech company.

 

6. Recorded Courses for the English Department

1997/8 With Mona Schreiber and Dr. Shaunnie Shammass, "Communication in English: A course on Varieties of English Intonation", recorded on tapes.

1995  With Mona Schreiber and Dr. Shaunnie Shammass, "Communication in English, Part 1: A course on Pronunciation and Stress", recorded on tapes.

 

7. Special Project

1995/96 Collection of articles in English about Judaism and democracy for use either in a booklet or as a basis for reading in the reading lab (supported by the university's president(. Some of these articles were taught in 1996/7 in the course: “The Democratic Regime: Theory and Reality”, given by Dr. Moshe Heliger, political science department.

 

8. Academic Publication by a Professor about My Book

1998 (May) Prof. Rachel Landau, “Encounter of different discourse worlds in Sequels to the Fairy Tales by Shira Koren”. In: Maagalei Keria 25-26, pp. 127-133.[REFEREED]

 

9. Newspaper Reports in “Hatzofe” Released by the University about my Work

1996 A report about the democracy-Judaism idea and collection of articles (See section 6 above).

1995 A report about the research and lecture about parody in the national conference

 for librarians (See presentation from July 1995).

 

B. Non Academic Books

2000 (SeptemberThe King Who Wanted to Be... Kiryat Gat: Danny Sfarim (in Hebrew). 90 pp.

1998 (November Family Admon’s Palace. Kiryat Gat: Danny Sfarim (in Hebrew). 80 pp.

1997 (April Danielle. Kiryat Gat: Danny Sfarim (in Hebrew). Taught at Haifa University. 142 pp.

1995 (December) Family Koren's Magic Castle. Kiryat Gat: Danny Sfarim (in Hebrew). 69 pp.

1993 )December) Cinderella's Son and Snow White's Daughter: Sequels to the Fairy Tales. Tel Aviv: Rachgold Publishers (in Hebrew).Taught at Haifa University. 120 pp.

 

V. Academic Awards

2015 (May 25)  An award for excellence in teaching for 2013/14, given by the rector.

2006 )March 8) An award for excellence in teaching for 2004/5, given by the rector.

 

VI. Membership in a Professional Refereed Journal’s Editorial Board

  • Membership in the Editorial Board of Helkat Lashon, 1996-2004; reviewing articles plus editing all the material in English: titles, abstracts and bibliography.
  • Membership in the Editorial Board of Novitas-ROYAL: Research on Youth and Language (Electronic Journal, Hacettepe university, Turkey), as of summer 2007.

 

VII. Presentations

2017 (27 March) Presentation: "The recent abundance of fairy tale rewrites". Mediterranean Conference for Academic Disciplines." International Journal of Arts and Sciences. Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta, Malta.

2016 (22 July) (Guest Lecture): "Judaism and Israel" to staff (engineering and EFL lecturers) and students. The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.

2016 (22 July) (Guest Lecture): "How to motivate students" to staff (engineering and EFL lecturers). The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.

2016 (22 July) (Guest Lecture): "From linguistics, through literature to history: The research interests of a multi-disciplinary academic" to staff (engineering and EFL lecturers). The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.

2012 (3 May) (Guest Lecture): Marian Greenberg from "Hadassah" and the saving of thousands of Jewish youngsters during the Holocaust: A joint effort across the USA, Palestine, Europe and Great Britain." The Oriental Institute, The Faculty for Oriental Studies, Oxford University.

2011 (28 July) Oral presentation and poster session: "The impending death of the Dead Sea – one of the seven wonders of the world", Encounters of Sea and Land: The 6th ESEH Conference, Turku University, Finland, 28 June – 2 July 2011.

2010 (28 July) Presentation: "Children's developing awareness of the complex meanings of the 'sleep verbs". Conference: Awareness matters: Language, Culture, Literacy." University of Kassel, Germany.

2009 (10 November) Guest Lecture: "Marian Greenberg", in the course: Jewish Women in America", New York University; invitation by the lecturer, Prof. Hasia Diner.

2008 (3 October) Workshop: "Strategies to Increase Learner Activity". Teaching and Learning Conference, EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology), Hawke's Bay, Napier, New Zealand.

2008 (11 August) Guest Workshop: "The Dynamic Classroom". Oranim College, Kiryat Tivon.

2007 (20 June) Guest Workshop:Strategies to Increase Learner Activity". Forum of College EFL Coordinators, MOFET Institute, Kiryat Hachinuch, Tel Aviv.

2007 (10 May) Guest Lecture:The change of sexual stereotypes in children's literature", Conference on Gender, Society and Law for government lawyers, Maael Hachamisha. Invitation by the Institute for Advocates and Legal Consultants in the Ministry of Law.

2007 (22 February) Workshop:Games, colors and group work: Some ideas for dynamic teaching". UTELI Conference, Bar Ilan University.

2006 (24 August) Presentation:Discovering the other side of Dorothy Rodgers: The "one woman lobby on anything and everything'". 4th Conference of the European Jewish Women, Activists, Academics, and Rabbis, Diversities: Beit Debora in Budapest, 23-27 August 2006, Central European University, Department of Gender Sudies.

2006 (12 July) Presentation:Highlearn: the second time around – connecting e-learning to the face to face learning classroom: what we did online and in class". Integrating Web-Enhanced Learning into EFL/ESP Courses at the University Level Workshop, Hebrew University, Department of English as a Foreign Language.

2005 (8 May) Guest Lecture: “The humor in the illustrations of the tairy tale parodies and in modern fairy tales.”  Levinsky College, Children’s Literature Course. Invitation by Dr. Rivka Giron.

2004 (2 March) Guest Workshop: “Dynamic teaching for EFL teachers” . Pre-academic Unit for Newcomers, Bar Ilan University. Invitation by Shuli Ron, head of English program in the Pre-academic unit.

2004 (26 February) Co-presentation with Dr. Marsha Bensoussan (Haifa University): “Advanced English course for Students of Education: Sample E-Unit”. MEITAL (Israeli Center for Technical Support of Academic Institutions) Conference, Tel Aviv University.

2004 (16 February) Co-presentation with Dr. Marsha Bensoussan (Haifa University): “Advanced English course for Students of Education: Sample E-Unit”. UTELI (University Teachers of English) Conference, Open University, Beit Hashachmat, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv.

2003 (October 19) Presentation: “Advanced students’ Power Point presentations as an optional part of extensive reading assignments”. 30th ILASH (Israeli Association for Applied Linguistics) Conference, Tel Aviv University.

2002 (September 29) Workshop: “How does one avoid the frontal lesson? Teaching a foreign language through games”. 29th ILASH conference, Talpiot College.

2002 (July 15) Guest workshop for the improvement of teaching. Unit for Hebrew Expression and Ulpan (Hebrew for Newcomers), Bar Ilan University. Invitation by the unit.

2002 (May 6) Presentation: “Modern revisions of classic fairy-tales for specific social purposes”. Conference on Language and Identity in a Multi-cultural Society, the Israeli Association for the Study of Language and Society, Tel Aviv University.

2002 (April 22) Guest presentation: “What happened to the fairy-tales when they made “immigration” to Israel” (were translated into Hebrew)? Colloquium at the translation department, Bar Ilan University. Invitation by Dr. Miriam Shlesinger from the department.

2002 (February 12) Guest Lecture: “How did the fairy-tales turn into parodies, satires and a flourishing literary industry?” ITA (Israel Translators Association) First Conference, Golden Tulip Hotel, Ein Bokek. Invitation by ITA.

2001 (December 6) Guest Workshop: “Dynamic language teaching”. Tel Aviv University: Hebrew Instruction Unit. Invitation by the unit.

2001 (November 1) Guest Workshop: “Strategies based instruction”. Tel Aviv University: Hebrew Instruction Unit. Invitation by the unit.

2001 (October 10) Presentation: “Strategies-based instruction”. 28th ILASH Conference, Beit-Berl College.

2001 (March 4) Presentation: “Electronic journals and electronic databases”. EFL Unit, pre-academic teachers, Bar Ilan University.

2000 (October 22) Presentation: “Pronunciation Power: A CD-Rom, Nyport Corporation, New York, 1996: advantages and disadvantages”. 27th ILASH Conference, Ben-Gurion University.

2000 (February 1) Poster session: “Pronunciation Power: A CD-Rom, Nyport Corporation, New York, 1996”. UTELI Conference, Haifa University.

1999 (November 7) Invited Presentation: “Vocabulary development and the use of dictionaries”, EFL Unit.

1999 (October 3) Presentation: “Intonation course in English”. 26th ILASH Conference, David Yellin College, Jerusalem.

1998 (October 13) Presentation: “TEXTFUN: A Program for the Practice of Reading Skills”. 25th ILASH Conference, Haifa University.

1998 (March 8) Guest lecture: “The reflection of 50 years of Israel in children’s literature: From the Shoemaker and the Dwarfs till the Politically Correct Bedtime Stories”. Invitation by Dr. Miri Baruch. Levin Kipnis Center for Children’s Literature, Tel Aviv.

1998 (February 18): Guest lecture: “The place of the classical fairy tales in modern life”. Invitation by Prof. Adir Cohen from Haifa University, seminar on myths and magic, Beit Ariela Library, Tel Aviv.

1998 (February 8-9): Presentation: “Quality versus convenience: Comparison of modern dictionaries from the researcher’s, teacher’s and student’s points of view”. Getaway Seminar for the EFL Unit, Karei Deshe, Tiberias.

1997 (October 26): Presentation:Comparison of modern dictionaries”.24th ILASH Conference, Tea Aviv University.

1997 (April 15-16): Presentation: “English for law students: the policy of the law faculty at Bar Ilan University and its results”. Language Policy Conference, Bar Ilan University and Tel Aviv University.

1996 (October 10) Guest lecture: Presentation: “Fairy tale travesties and parodies”. Hebrew as a Foreign Language Unit, Hebrew University.

1996 (January) Guest lecture: “Modern revisions of classic fairy tales”. In Prof. Sherwin's course: Children's Literature, English department, Bar Ilan University.

1995 (December 20) Presentation: “Sharing materials with the help of the computer”.ETAI (English Teachers Association in Israel) Conference, Bar Ilan University.

1995 (October 18) Presentation: “Linguistic aspects of fairy tale parodies and travesties”. 22nd ILASH Conference, Levinsky Teachers' Training College.

1995 )July) Presentation: “Fairy tale parodies and travesties”. National conference of school librarians, Haaretz Museum, Tel Aviv, organized by the teachers' training unit, school of education, Bar Ilan University

1995 (January( Presentation: “Assumed similarity or "assumed superiority"? Three related studies on the way children and adults see foreign language speakers”. The First Conference in Sociolinguistics, Bar Ilan University.

1994/95 Two Guest lectures in Prof. R. Sherwin’s Children's Literature Course, English Department, Bar Ilan University. Subjects of the two lectures:The origins of the fairy tales” and “Parodies on fairy tales”.

1994 (October 19( Presentation: "Is integrative motivation necessary for the acquisition of FL pronunciation?" 21st ILASH conference, Bar Ilan University.

1994 (June 15-16) Discussion of a paper about translation testing by Miriam Schlesinger at ACROLT (Academic Committee for Research in Language Testing) conference, Kiryat Anavim.

1993 (July) Presentation of the subject of my doctorate: “The Relevance between Musicality and the Acquisition of FL Pronunciation”. The international conference of ETAI (English Teachers Association in Israel), the Hebrew University.

1993 (May) Presentation of my Ph.D. methodology to my colleagues in the EFL unit.

1993 (May) Presentation: "Foreign language pronunciation testing: a new approach". ACROLT (Academic Writing of Language Tests) conference, Kiryat Anavim.

1993 (March) Guest Lecture: Presentation of my Ph.D. thesis to music students, Seminar Levinsky. Invitation by Dr. Hannoch Ron, music lecturer.

1992 (August 26-29) Poster session about the subject of my dissertation at the conference "Discourse and the Professions", Uppsala University, Sweden.

1990 (February) Presentation: "Heavy subjects in English". The Round Table UTELI (University Teachers of English in Israel) Conference:

1989 (February) Presentation: "Hebrew interference in English" to the EFL unit.

1988 (June) Workshop: "More ways for explaining syntactic difficulties”. The EFL unit, Bar Ilan University.

1981 (April) Presentation of two subjects in syntax and morphology to the EFL unit, Bar Ilan University.

1980 (July) Presentation of my MA thesis: "Comparison of Relative Clauses in Hebrew and  in English, based on translations". UTELI conference, Tel Aviv University.

 

VIII. Teaching Experience

A. Teaching English at University

1980 – Teaching English in the EFL unit, Bar Ilan University.

            Summer courses in 1981 and 1982.

1979-1981 Teaching in EFL, Tel Aviv University.

            Summer courses in EFL, Tel Aviv University in 1977, 1979, 1980.

1975-1981 Preparatory courses for the English Department at Bar Ilan University in the summers of 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981.

 

B. Teaching Linguistics at University

1983-1985 Tutorial: Introduction to linguistics, Bar Ilan University.

1979-1980 Two rhetoric courses for first and second year students, linguistics department, Tel Aviv University.

 

C. Teaching English in High Schools

1977-1979 Ironi Hei high school, Tel Aviv

1975-1977 Mishlav high school, Tel Aviv

 

D. Teaching Pronunciation

2017 (June) Teaching English/American pronunciation to MA and Ph.D. Chinese engineering and nano-technology students at Bar Ilan on a voluntary basis.

 

VIII. Committees and Administration in the EFLUnit

2006 –        Coordination of lower level courses

2004/2005 Updating and translation into Hebrew of the Unit web site

2004/2005 Liason with the Pre-academic unit plus teacher observation

2003/2004 Liason with the Pre-academic unit plus teacher observation.

                  Development of a High Learn Internet unit (MEITAL project)

                  With Haifa University and a colleague at Bar Ilan University.

2002/2003 Statistical project: Validation of the unit’s final examinations.

2001/2002 Statistical project: Validation of the unit’s final examinations.

2000/2001 Statistical project: Validation of the EPT (English Placement Test).

2000/01 Head of the Quicktionary committee – assessing the value of this type of   dictionary for the students.

1995-96 Mentor of a new teacher in the unit.

1993-95 Head of CALL (computer assisted language learning) committee.

1993-94 Mentor of a new teacher in the unit

1992/93 Participation in a committee determining the criteria for head of EFL unit.

1991/92 Participation in a textbook committee.

1989/90 Participation in a grading committee.

1988/89 Participation in a testing committee (for advanced courses).

1985/86 Participation in a testing committee for pre-advanced courses.

1984/85 Participation in a steering committee.

1982-1984 Assistant coordinator of heads of the EFL unit.

1981/82 Coordination of professional books and recommended bibliography committee.

1980-2000 Writing at least one final examination every year, mostly for 

    criminology ESP course and for dyslexic students.

 

IX. Help to the University

1998 (April) and 1999 (May) Evaluation of compositions in English and in Hebrew about Jewish Identity in an international competition given by the Center for Jewish Identity.

 

תחומי מחקר

בלשנות שימושית (רכישת מבטא בשפה זרה, גישה ומוטיבציה לרכישת שפה ומבטא, רכישת אוצר מילים בשפה זרה ובשפה ראשונה, שימוש במילון ועוד), הוראת שפות, ספרות ילדים ופולקלור, שכתובים מודרניים של מעשיות קלאסיות, מגדר (נשים) והסטוריה יהודית.

 

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