About the Yiddish Pedagogy Program

The Yiddish Book Center's Yiddish Pedagogy Program is a year-long opportunity for current teachers of Yiddish. The program is designed to train participants in communicative language pedagogy, provide them with resources to assist teaching in a variety of settings, and offer ongoing support for pedagogic development.

Applications for the 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program are due April 2, 2019.

Participants will attend two two-day workshops at the Center, which will take place July 21–22, 2019 and November 10–11, 2019. In addition, teachers will participate in an active online community, where they will exchange ideas, share resources, and receive support from program faculty throughout the academic year.

The two workshops will include:

  • seminars on effective methods to develop students’ linguistic and cultural proficiency in Yiddish
  • masterclasses on designing and implementing classroom activities and mini-lessons
  • discussions on best practices and challenges in the field of Yiddish pedagogy

The primary focus of the workshops will be on teaching beginner students of Yiddish using the Yiddish Book Center’s new communicative Yiddish textbook, In eynem. Participants will be provided comprehensive, easy-to-use materials and training on the most effective ways of using these materials in their classrooms (see FAQ page for more on this book). Teachers commit to using the In eynem textbook for a minimum of two semesters (or equivalent) during the year, while providing regular feedback and evaluation on their experiences.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Pedagogy Program is tuition-free and provides all program participants full room and board during the two workshops at the Center. Participants also receive a stipend for travel expenses. The Center will also provide textbooks and classroom materials for all sessions. 

To qualify, participants must be teaching beginner’s Yiddish at an academic or community-based institution in the 2019–20 academic year. Teachers commit to using the In eynem textbook for a minimum of two semesters (or equivalent) during the year, while providing regular feedback and evaluation on their experiences. Participants receive a $500 stipend as well as discounted textbooks for their students. 

Eligibility requirements: All candidates must have a minimum proficiency in Yiddish at the low-advanced level or higher. Candidates must be signed up to teach a beginners' Yiddish class in 2019–2020. 

The program will be conducted in Yiddish and English.