גב' דבורה חן-קלדרון
Ok, this is me...
Born and raised in New York, I moved to Israel in 1970. I received a B.A from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in ESL Teaching and Administration from Trenton State College. I have been teaching in the English as a Foreign Language Department at Bar Ilan University since 1988. I am also the coordinator of English for Law at the Sha'arei Mishpat Law College in Hod HaSharon.
From 1988 to 2000, I was an English teacher and the coordinator of English at the Academic College in Judea and Samaria. At the College, I was involved in developing the Second Chance Program (Mechina) for the newly released soldiers; it was a very challenging, yet rewarding experience.
In the EFL Department at Bar Ilan University I teach the undergraduate Advanced level English courses and M.A. level EFL reading and writing courses. All my courses are integrated Internet lessons (20% of the lessons are online). We work with a program called HighLearn, it is the only program, so far, that supports both English and Hebrew. I have been using the Internet in my classes for 10 years, even before we had the High Learn Program, we made our own program called "Weaving the Web" - it marked the beginning of our interest in online teaching.
I love teaching, I love the computer and the Internet, my vision, along with 2 of my colleagues, is to set up an E-Learning Center in the EFL dept at BIU. where we can develop additional units for EFL online teaching, in addition to a place where students and teachers can come for help with computer assisted learning in English.
Debbie Chayen (pronounced “chain” in English or חן in Hebrew.)
1992 MA Trenton State College
1975 BA Bar Ilan University Teaching Certificate – Bar Ilan University
1970 Graduate Yeshivah of Flatbush High School
2004-2007 Co-ordinator of the Legal English Program at the Sha'arei Mishpat Law College
1988-2007 Lecturer at Bar Ilan University in the EFL Department
Intermediate and Advanced Levels
1999-2000 English Inspector for The Society for the Advancement of Adult Education in Israel
Responsible for the pre-academic English Bagrut programs in the preparatory programs (מכינות קדם-אקדמיות,) of the universities and colleges in Israel
1997-2007 Test Writing Committee EFL Department Bar Ilan University
1996-2007 Teacher of English for Law - Advanced Level Shaaray Mishpat Law College
1988-1998 Coordinator of English Programs at The Academic College of Judea & Samaria Ariel
1987-1998 English Teacher of 4 &5 point Matriculation Pre-Academic Preparatory Program
The Academic College of Judea & Samaria
1989-1992 Coordinator of English Studies Mechina Programs of Bar Ilan University
1983-1985 English Teacher Grades 8-11 Elkana Girls High School
1980-1983 English Teacher Grades 4-8 Religious Elementary School
1988 Teacher’s Development Day Tel Aviv University
“Writing an Academic Essay
1992 “Brain Functions & Languages Learning”
Levinsky Teachers Seminary
1992 Teacher’s Development Day Ruppin Seminar
Teaching Writing for Matriculation 5-Point Essays
1994 EFL Colloquium Reading-Around-A-Topic
Bar Ilan University
Academic Texts organized according to subjects of interest and levels of difficulty
1995 UTELI Conference Ben Gurion University “Related Topics”
1997 Bar Ilan Getaway
C ALL – Computer Assisted Language Learning
Introducing the Internet into the EFL classroom.
Creating units for combing EFL topics with websites
1998 Technology, Reading & Learning Difficulties Conference
“Weaving the Web” (into the classroom)
Presentation of units to be used in EFL/ESL computer language laboratories, combining the use of Internet programs and websites which support English language learning
1999 New York University - I participated in a seminar at New York University - to observe and learn first hand the ESL method developed by Dr. Marcia Pally called Sustained Content Based Language Learning.
December 1999 Professional Development Day for Teachers of English
Bar Ilan University – Beck auditorium
Topics: “Vocabulary and Dictionary Use in the Academic Classroom”
“Multimedia Programs for Teaching Reading Skills”
C.A.L.L.: Interactive Units for Reading Comprehension”
February 28,2007 Presentation on “Creating Online
Internet Units” at the Center for
Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington D.C.
Test Writing Committee – The Academic College of Judea and Samaria. For three years I was the coordinator of the test-writing committee for all five levels of EFL in the Independent Tracks of the College. This included choosing texts for each level, reviewing and revising the questions, piloting, and printing the final draft of each test.
There are five levels and three test dates (MOED ALEPH, BET, GIMMEL) for each, total of fifteen test per academic year.
Bagrut Preparation: For two years I was responsible for preparing the 3, 4 & 5 point pre-academic bagrut exams. This included all the aspects of test preparation, from choosing the materials, writing the questions, piloting the exam, to having the exam printed and distributed to forty-five colleges.
In addition, twice a year I organized in-service workshops for all the English teachers in the Pre-Academic programs of the universities and colleges.
Bar Ilan Computer-Assisted Learning Group – I participate in a group of 6 EFL teachers involved in developing Internet units for the classroom. We use the HighLearn program to create.Internet Units on various topics.
"MEITAL" PROJECT: During 2003/4 I collaborated on the development of one module of an inter-university Internet project. The English departments of four major universities in Israel collaborated to create interactive, academic internet units to be used by all the universities and colleges in Israel.
E-Learning Workshop: The Academic College of Judea and Samaria.
In July-August 2006 I gave a workshop for EFL teachers on how to create and maintain online interactive Internet Units for teaching EFL on an acadmeic level.
“Weaving The Web into an EAP Reading Program”
Forum : April 2001