Ulpan La-Inyan provides a comprehensive Hebrew-learning experience focusing on the skills needed for conversation. To that end, we employ the language-learning principles discovered by Paul Pimlsuer:
- Core Spoken Vocabulary – Students learn to speak words and phrases essential for conversation.
- Anticipation – Throughout the lessons, students are asked to actively recall what they’ve learned, speaking their new words and phrases out loud.
- Graduated Interval Recall – Students are prompted to recall their new language bits at carefully-planned intervals designed to maximize long-term memory storage.
- Organic Learning – All of this takes place in the context of a programmed dialogue between Hebrew speakers, where the students play the roles of the speakers.
Beyond the Pimsleur-optimized lessons, we conduct free-style role plays and spontaneous dialogues and discussions, employ graphics to illustrate new vocabulary and provide grammatical instruction when needed. But the focus is always conversation.