Dr Yona Gilead

PhD (UTS), MA (Sydney), Dip Ed (Sydney), BA (Jerusalem)
Malka Einhorn Modern Hebrew Lecturer and Program Coordinator

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4829

Biographical details

Yona Gilead teaches and researches in the area of additional language education with particular focus on Modern Hebrew. Her research is framed within a sociocultural-ecological linguistic (SCT-EL) paradigm. This holistic framework views language as existing in the social domain; materialising via reciprocal relationships between people and their environment. Therefore, language learning, whether first and/or subsequent languages (L2), is perceived as a developmental process that arises through dynamic interactions between language users. By using language, in speech, reading and writing, people learn and attain language. Yona’s current research publications cover a wide range of issues relating to the ways entry-level university students acquire Modern Hebrew. Through close analysis of classroom discourse and teaching and learning interactions, the publications shed light on classroom dynamics that lead to effective teaching and successful learning of L2 Modern Hebrew.

Research interests

Yona is interested in the complex interplay of factors that affect classroom-based teaching and learning: the ‘why and how’ a range of factors both emerge from and impact on additional language learning. Her particular interest lays in the process that learners go through in their trajectory of learning an additional language (L2). She views the latter as one of the least researched aspects in the L2 field. Another research interest includes the nexus between Modern Hebrew literature and contemporary Israeli society. The ways in which Hebrew speakers’ social-cultural-political views are reflected in their literary output.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

Yona regularly teaches both complete beginners and advanced learners. In 2016 she teaches HBRW1011-1102 and HBRW3610-3611

Supervision
Yona welcomes inquiries from students interested in working in the following areas: additional language teaching and learning; classroom discourse analysis; and, Hebrew literature; Yona supervises Honours students.

Current projects

  • Language-learning behaviour, development and performance, mediated by the learning environment: a case study of Modern Hebrew at the University of Sydney.`

Associations

National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH), Member

Forthcoming publication

2016 “Developing communicative competence: The role of handover in scaffolding oral communication”. (forthcoming; edited volume of selected papers from CLaSIC 2014, published by De Gruyter Mounton

2016 “Using the mother tongue in the Diaspora Hebrew classroom: a fresh conceptualization”.(forthcoming; edited volume of selected papers from The MOFET Institute 2015)

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Gilead, Y. (2016). Code-Switching Functions in Modern Hebrew Teaching and Learning. Journal of Jewish Education, 82(4), 268-292. [More Information]
  • Gilead, Y., Perlman, L. (2014). Lost in translation: Ida Fink's Eugenia. Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 28, 59-86.
  • Gilead, Y. (2006). Beyond the classroom: WebCT and learning Modern Hebrew. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Online), 22(3), 416-438.
  • Gilead, Y. (2006). WebCT: Resource for Modern Hebrew learning and teaching (in Hebrew, Pitua'h atar WebCT ke'emtza'i ezer lelimud Ivrit Modernit)". Hed Haulpan Hahadash, 90, Online journal.

Conferences

  • Gilead, Y. (2016). Teaching and learning on the convergence-divergence continuum. ACLL2016, Kobe, Japan: The International Academic Forum.
  • Gilead, Y. (2015). Hashimoosh besfatam hareshona shel halomdim cekitat ha-Ivrit batfootzot: kria lereiya mehoodeshet. The MOFET Institute on-line conference, Israel: MOFET Institute.
  • Gilead, Y. (2014). Developing communicative competence: The role of handover in scaffolding oral communication. The Sixth CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2014), Singapore.
  • Gilead, Y. (2014). Emerging Usage and Knowledge of L2 Modern Hebrew: Learners’ Perspectives. 2014 National Association of Professors of Hebrew (2014 NAPH).
  • Gilead, Y. (2013). Qualitative research methods for classroom teaching & learning. 2013 National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH 2013).
  • Gilead, Y. (2012). Writing in Modern Hebrew at the text level. The 8th Biennial Australian Jewish Educators’ Conference 2013.
  • Gilead, Y. (2004). Revival Strategies: Modern Hebrew, The University Of Sydney. Marking Our Difference Conference 2003, Melbourne: School of Languages, University of Melbourne.
  • Gilead, Y. (2002). Creating a positive Jewish Identity: The case of Hebrew Teacher Education. The Fourth International Conference on Teacher Education, Israel: Achra Academy.

2016

  • Gilead, Y. (2016). Code-Switching Functions in Modern Hebrew Teaching and Learning. Journal of Jewish Education, 82(4), 268-292. [More Information]
  • Gilead, Y. (2016). Teaching and learning on the convergence-divergence continuum. ACLL2016, Kobe, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

2015

  • Gilead, Y. (2015). Hashimoosh besfatam hareshona shel halomdim cekitat ha-Ivrit batfootzot: kria lereiya mehoodeshet. The MOFET Institute on-line conference, Israel: MOFET Institute.

2014

  • Gilead, Y. (2014). Developing communicative competence: The role of handover in scaffolding oral communication. The Sixth CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2014), Singapore.
  • Gilead, Y. (2014). Emerging Usage and Knowledge of L2 Modern Hebrew: Learners’ Perspectives. 2014 National Association of Professors of Hebrew (2014 NAPH).
  • Gilead, Y., Perlman, L. (2014). Lost in translation: Ida Fink's Eugenia. Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 28, 59-86.

2013

  • Gilead, Y. (2013). Qualitative research methods for classroom teaching & learning. 2013 National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH 2013).

2012

  • Gilead, Y. (2012). Writing in Modern Hebrew at the text level. The 8th Biennial Australian Jewish Educators’ Conference 2013.

2006

  • Gilead, Y. (2006). Beyond the classroom: WebCT and learning Modern Hebrew. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Online), 22(3), 416-438.
  • Gilead, Y. (2006). WebCT: Resource for Modern Hebrew learning and teaching (in Hebrew, Pitua'h atar WebCT ke'emtza'i ezer lelimud Ivrit Modernit)". Hed Haulpan Hahadash, 90, Online journal.

2004

  • Gilead, Y. (2004). Revival Strategies: Modern Hebrew, The University Of Sydney. Marking Our Difference Conference 2003, Melbourne: School of Languages, University of Melbourne.

2002

  • Gilead, Y. (2002). Creating a positive Jewish Identity: The case of Hebrew Teacher Education. The Fourth International Conference on Teacher Education, Israel: Achra Academy.

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