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’s research focuses on two core areas: the main research area pertains to the complex interplay of factors that impact on classroom-based teaching and learning: the ‘why and how’ factors that both emerge from, and influence, additional language learning (L2). Her research focuses on the process that learners go through acquiring additional languages. The latter is one of the least researched aspects in the L2 field. Yona’s second research area is the nexus between school and identity development, with a focus on the ways schools’ nurtures students’ identity.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

Yona regularly teaches across all levels of the Modern Hebrew program. Most years she teaches at both ends of Modern Hebrew’s proficiency continuum- beginners and advanced levels.

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

  • Nurturing students’ identity as Jewish, Australian and Global Citizensas they journey through their school years

Associations

  • National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH), Member
  • Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities(LCNAU), member

Forthcoming publication

  • Speech Functions in second/foreign language development
  • Nurturing Students’ identity

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gilead, Y. (2018). Dynamics of Teaching and Learning Modern Hebrew as an Additional Language: Using Hebrew as a means of instruction and acquisition. Leiden: Brill.

Book Chapters

  • Gilead, Y. (2018). Developing communicative competence: The role of handover in scaffolding oral communication. In Izumi Walker, Daniel Chan, Masanori Nagami, Claire Bourguignon (Eds.), New Perspectives on the Development of Communicative and Related Competence in Foreign Language Education, (pp. 205-226). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

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. (2016). The Educational Philosophy and Principles of Teaching Hebrew in the Rothberg International School for Overseas Students: An External Perspective. Hed Ha-Ulpan, 105, 34-42.
  • 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. (2016). Using students' mother tongue in the Hebrew diaspora classroom: A call for fresh conceptualization. International Online Conference on Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language to Diverse Populations in Israel and Worldwide, Israel: MOFET Institute.
  • 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.

2018

  • Gilead, Y. (2018). Developing communicative competence: The role of handover in scaffolding oral communication. In Izumi Walker, Daniel Chan, Masanori Nagami, Claire Bourguignon (Eds.), New Perspectives on the Development of Communicative and Related Competence in Foreign Language Education, (pp. 205-226). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Gilead, Y. (2018). Dynamics of Teaching and Learning Modern Hebrew as an Additional Language: Using Hebrew as a means of instruction and acquisition. Leiden: Brill.

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.
  • Gilead, Y. (2016). The Educational Philosophy and Principles of Teaching Hebrew in the Rothberg International School for Overseas Students: An External Perspective. Hed Ha-Ulpan, 105, 34-42.
  • Gilead, Y. (2016). Using students' mother tongue in the Hebrew diaspora classroom: A call for fresh conceptualization. International Online Conference on Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language to Diverse Populations in Israel and Worldwide, Israel: MOFET Institute.

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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