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Joe Barnett

I studied at the University of London. I hold a B.A. in Philosophy; an M.A. in Applied Linguistics; a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education; and a Certificate of Proficiency from the International Phonetics Association. I have lectured for the past 28 years in teachers' colleges in Israel, mainly at Michlalah-Jerusalem. Prior to this I taught English and liberal studies in England for ten years in colleges of further education. I have taught at Bar Ilan University and given many TEFL summer courses.
Main subjects: Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonics, Psycholinguistics, and Academic Literacy. I consider myself primarily a linguist, with a special interest in phonetics.
I have written two language laboratory tape courses on English Pronunciation for Hebrew and Arabic speakers respectively.
Presentations at several ETAI (English Teachers' Association of Israel) conferences in Israel, national and international.
In August, 2006, I presented a paper at the Asia TEFL 4th International Conference in Fukuoka, Japan. Title: "What every literacy teacher should know about English phonics."
I am currently teaching Ethiopian immigrant teenagers in an English Ulpan programme for the Jerusalem Municipality.
I am married with five children. My main interests are playing jazz piano, travel, and completing the Great Israeli Novel (in English)

Email: barnett(at)bezeqint(dot)net
jophrabo(at)yahoo(dot)com


Nellie Deutsch

My name is Nellie Deutsch. I hold a BA in English literature and linguistics, a B.Ed in teaching ESL/EFL, an MA in education, curriculum and technology (MAEDCT) from the University of Phoenix. As a believer in life-long learning, I am currently studying for my doctorate in education, leadership, curriculum, and instruction at the University of Phoenix. I teach ESL and EFL, practice Reiki and Alexander technique, and conduct marriage and relationship workshops according to P.A.I.R.S (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) in prison, community centers and privately.

I have been teaching English to speakers of Hebrew for over 30 years within the public school system, adults at university, in private ESP (English for special purposes) schools, and in technology oriented English courses for Cisco.

Besides work, I also spend a great deal of time with my family and on my interests. These include updating my website, writing lesson plans, papers, WebQuests, online interactive student web pages, distance online learning, conducting success and relationship workshops, presenting at conferences, cultivating my garden, reading, jogging and training for my first marathon. I also practice Reiki and the Alexander Technique.

Email: admin(at)nelliemuller(dot)com


Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein teaches English to deaf and hard of hearing students at Yehud Comprehensive High-School and is the "Shema" national counselor for English for the hearing impaired.
Author of "Apples and Zebras" and "The Book of Keys"

Email: ronea(at)012(dot)net(dot)il



Mitzi Geffen

I live in Beer Sheva and I am the English co-ordinator at Makif Amit Beer Sheva where I teach classes from 7th to 12th grade. I direct and produce an annual English musical there and at Ulpanat Amit, as well.

Email: mitzi1002001(at)yahoo(dot)com


Barry Gonen

Immigrated from England in 1971.
Living on Kibbutz Negba from 1973 .
Married with four children (3 girls, 1 boy) + 7 grandchildren..so far!
Teaching at Tsafit regional high school since 1978
Special Ed division in the 'Mercaz Limida'
Hobbies....
Music-songwriting, composing, archeology, gardening, photography.
Also am still serving with Border Police Unit as local security coordinator.

Email: barry(at)negba(dot)org(dot)il


Maris Mohr

I was born in NYC, graduated from the Bronx H.S. of Science in 1969, and started my BS in biology at SUNY Stony Brook. Israel was too much of a pull on my life, so I became a member of Garin Hashachar, came to Israel in 1970, returned to NY to close circles, and made alliya in 1971. I served in Nahal and as a result got to Kibbutz Dorot, where I met my husband. Our first daughter, Nitza, was born there in 1974, only a month after Shaul was discharged from the very long (6 months) miluim of the Yom Kipur War.
During all that time, starting in H.S., I wrote poetry. In 1976 we moved to Mitzpe Ramon where we've been ever since. I worked at all kinds of jobs for 9 years until, in 1985, I started teaching EFL officially at the Misgav Comprehensive H.S. in Mitzpe Ramon, grades 7-12, and the elementary school at Midreshet Sde Boker, grades 5,6,8. I continued in Misgav, which later became Shalom School for Arts and Sciences, for 16 years, during 13 of which I was English Coordinator. I used poetry as a major part of my teaching and built many projects for upper grade students around studying, analyzing and writing it and as a tool for the understanding and development of English language. I also taught for 6 years during this period at the pre-academic college for discharged soldiers that we had in M.R.
During this period I returned to university at Ben-Gurion in B.S. where I completed my BA in literature and linguistics. Just as I was about to begin my Masters studies in linguistics at B-G, I was hospitalized for worsening health problems and was diagnosed with MS. Because of the progression of the MS, I took disablility retirement in 2002. I never stopped writing poetry.
My book: Memo Book of My Mind, self published, first collection of 30 years of poems. The book was printed by UPP in Tel Aviv in 1999. It is available directly from me.

Email: mbgm14(at)yahoo(dot)com


Phyllis Oded

[Made Aliyah from Chicago: date: Feb. 3, 1967]
Teaching experience in Israel: taught 3 years in Rehovot, 33 years in Ironi Daled [Tel Aviv] and am in my second year teaching at Handasaiim High School [next to T.A. Univ.]
[personal non-info; married with three children and three grandchildren]
Personal Problem: with the textbooks for teaching English. As you have seen from a sampling of my material. That's where the true evaluation is, not just filling in grammar tenses on a test page!
In addition to my poems and crossword puzzles ........., I have created hundreds of grammar stories for various levels and at least 30 unseens for the E,F.G modules.
I went on early pension 4 years ago and continue teaching because I HAVE TO. By this I mean, I love it. Leah Kernig is still acting, isn't she? GETTING OLDER, GETTING BETTER. Teaching should not only be FUN for the teacher, but a great learning experience for the students. Don't you agree?

Email: phylliso(at)zahav(dot)net(dot)il


Lauren Ornstein

Lauren is an American born folksinger, songwriter and EFL teacher. She grew up in Yonkers, NY and moved to Israel shortly after graduating high school. After being a "wandering Jew", she settled down in the Negev at Midreshet Ben Gurion to raise her daughters, Shlomit and Shikma.

Today Lauren teaches at the local High School for Environmental Studies. In addition, she performs at the English-language folk clubs around Israel. She has appeared at Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival (Israel), Fiddler's Green Festival (N. Ireland) and Turtle Hill Festival (USA). Lauren combines her musical and EFL teaching skills in folksong workshops in schools around the country. She conducts in-service workshops for EFL teachers on songwriting and also on how to use songs in the classroom.

Email: laurie(at)etni(dot)org


Adele Raemer

Adele Raemer: EFL teacher Ma'ale Habsor Regional Comprehensive School, Counselor for the southern section of the Rural English Education Department (REED) and webmistress (female of "webmaster") for the REED website, Adele earned her MATESOL from Moray House Institute of Education, Herriot-Watt University and lives with her family and dogs on Kibbutz Nirim in the western Negev.

Email: adeler(at)kfar-olami(dot)org(dot)il


Aviva Shapiro

I was born and raised in the USA . I completed my BA at the University of Maryland and my MBA at Leicester University . I have lived in Israel since 1980 , first a s a kibbutznik in the Upper Galilee and since 1996 in the Yishuv Karkom. I am presently the English coordinator at Beit Yerach Comprehensive Regional High School in the Jordan Valley, a full time English teacher of 22 years and a Madricha for the Rural Sector in the North. . I love to read and dance. I am the mother of five great kids and for the most part, I am an optimistic person.

Email: alshapirose(at)hotmail(dot)com


Ann Shlapobersky

After completing a BS Ed in Education/English from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, I taught high school English in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa, but a summer trip to Israel in 1978 turned into a life long venture. My husband and I have been living in Mushav Kefar Kisch in the Lower Galilee since 1981 raising three daughters as well as a few dogs, cats and hundreds of goats over the years.
During my 18 years of teaching, first in Kefar Kama, next the Mossad at Ein Dor and finally at Nir HaEmek, Afula. I also competed a CALL counselor course from the ministry and CET as well, worked as a CALL counselor for the Rural Education Department (REED). I completed my Master's studies through the University of London in TICE (Teaching International Communications in Education) in 2000. Since 1998 I have been working for Eric Cohen Books as a pedagogical advisor, ECB Online content developer / webmaster, occasional writer and lecturer. I have been a strong supporter of anything ENTI for many years and have been assisting ETAI by making sure their conference programs get online.

Email: ashlapo(at)gmail(dot)com


Barry Silverberg

Good Evening. Nice of you to drop by. You know, I've written so many mock bios ( Barry was born Barigouti Eben Igetbored in the pastoral Palestinian town of Nabless Manitoba. His parents left him in the snow overnight as a test of endurance. The next morning, when young Al Silverberg opened the door for the milk man, he was surprised to find such a Spartan carton . . .) that, maybe, just to surprise you , I'll do one straight:

I entered the world in May 4th of 1952. Google your head off, but nothing else happened in the world on that day. I guess I was enough. My parents, Canadian citizens, eventually moved into a house on Kilbride Ave. And if you go there today you can still see it, unchanged except for the color of the paint and the Chinese language spoken. Nursery school, kindergarten, Talmud Torah Elementary school, Joseph Wolinsky (Jewish Day School) till 11th grade, one wonderful year at Public School, Aliah, four years schmoozing around Bar Ilan University, army service, marriage, move to Kiriat Shmona in 1982, five kids, presently teaching English at Hamatmid Relligio' School and "Maddah Vedaat" at Tel Hai College; a little writing for fun on the side, and, of course, developing the Thai Massage Clinic. Enjoys cycling and singing old Dylan songs.

Email: barisil(at)netvision(dot)net(dot)il

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