A.H.A.V.A. English Learned in a Natural Method

We offer subsidized after-school groups. We have published Reading Rocks!, the only reader in Israel for the beginning learner. We organize a tremendously successful annual Readathon where we invite some 2000 children to read English books for 5 weeks. Prizes work and they read TONS!

Location: Mitzpe Yericho
Year founded: 2000

Description

We are a non-profit promoting English literacy in Israel. English is the keystone to any good career. Hebrew is the language spoken here but English is the language of commerce, higher education and global connections. Unfortunately English is not taught adequately or early enough within the framework of the Ministry of Education. Parents understand this and there is a plethora of private English teachers and schools - available only to those with means, and mainly in the center of the country.

English is essential to qualify for one's High School Matriculation Certificate; to apply for higher education and while studying in higher education. Often Israelis use the very same texts that Americans use in University. Large sections of the Israeli population are without a solid working knowledge of English. They are limited in their careers - and this impacts on the very basic economy of the country.

We are passionate about teaching English innovatively and at various ages because we see this as the basis to providing future generations with a respectable livelihood. A good strong economy is the basis for a secure population.

We are looking for partners for our various projects. Reading Rocks!, our Readathon, Teachers' Seminars, and small after school groups for English.

A.H.A.V.A. Readathon 2018

About

The Readathon is a 5 week long reading contest for Israeli
children in grades 1st-8th. Participants are encouraged to read and update
their pages on an online form to advance through the Readathon levels. In the
course of the Readathon schools with participants receive small libraries of
English books.

An
Award Ceremony is held where we celebrate the readers' achievements with a show
and awards to all the outstanding readers. All participants receive a free book
of their choice and a selection of prizes commensurate to the level they
reached.
(Readathoner,
Bookworm, Book-a-holic, Super Reader)
The
school with the most pages read receives
a set
of books for its English library.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

With English being the global language of communication in the
arts, sciences, diplomacy, business, medicine, research, education etc.. it is
necessary for everyone today to be able to read and understand English at a
very high level in order to be have a career of just about any sort. This is
true in Israel, despite Hebrew being the national spoken language.

The purpose of the Readathon is to encourage young children to
read as much as possible. The Readathon is aimed at children for whom English
is a second language as well as at those for whom it is a language spoken at
home. In both groups the children are not as fluent in the language as they
would be in a country where English is surrounding them. For both groups it is
necessary to put effort into English reading and therefore our Readathon
encourages them to read despite the extra required effort.

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Program Description

We have run a 5 week long reading contest – the
Readathon - for Israeli children in 1st-8th grades for the past 12 years. For them English is
either a foreign language or spoken only at home. In both groups the children are
not as fluent in the language as they would be in a country where English is
the spoken language. For all of them, it is necessary to put effort into
English reading and therefore our Readathon encourages them to read despite the
extra required effort.

As mentioned in the first paragraph participants are encouraged to read English books on their level (not an easy task when they are neither surrounded by the language all day, not use it in daily tasks) and enter into their online page.

We ensure this happens by providing links to free online stories, supplying the schools with small libraries, often lending children some books to read themselves. Plans for future years is to develop small reading groups led by trained volunteers, some of them graduates of previous Readathons to be held after school, in the children's homes and at the local libraries. We also maintain encouraging communication between us and the teachers, schools, parents and especially the participants via newsletters, whats-apps, personal emails and phone calls to support and encourage as much reading as possible. We purchase, gather and pack up the hundreds of prizes needed for the Awards ceremony.

Beneficiaries will be the readers who will find not only their
English reading improving, but also their vocabulary and ability to speak and
communicate in English. Since this is open to all children from Grades 1-8, it
is a community wide event. We visit 18 schools to invite over 2000 children to participate.

Many schools will find that their students will be scoring
higher on the nation wide English exams after their participation in the
Readathon. With English being the global language of communication in the arts,
sciences, diplomacy, business, medicine, research, education etc.. it is
necessary for everyone today to be able to read and understand English at a
very high level in order to be have a career of just about any sort.

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Demonstrated Need

Many children is Israel complete their elementary school
education barely knowing English. Among high school graduates slightly more
than 50% take the English matriculation exam. Without passing the matriculation exam one cannot receive
a High School diploma.

While some children in Israel come from families where parents
can afford a weekly tutor so that they will succeed in the exam, our
participants typically come from large and low income families where this would
be financially impossible.

The Readathon
is a great tool that gives our participants a boost and measurably raises their
reading level.
It provides
them with capability towards future independent progress in English and
ultimately in a professional career, thus enabling them to break the cycle of
poverty.

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Program Accomplishments

In all of our past surveys teachers, parents and even the
children themselves indicated that the best part of the Readathon was the
improvement of their English reading and comprehension skills. From the
Readathon 2016 survey 54% of parents and participants told us that the best
part of the Readathon was the improvement of the participants' English. 100%
said that their English improved.

Here are merely two typical comments from satisfied parents of
participants after the Readathon:

- "My daughter couldn't read
English before the Readathon. Now she reads all
the time. Not only books -the signs on the road, packages
of food. That is the
real prize from the Readathon! "

- "We know that you are responsible for a significant part
in Tikvah's [hearing
impaired
Readathon participant] improvement. Thank you for the
opportunity to join the
Readathon and the experience you've gifted Tikvah."

It is hard to measure the most notable accomplishment since each
year from tens of parents, teachers, students how much they gained and how much
their reading has improved.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

1. We see how many books and what level books each children
read. (On our online site.)

2. We ask teachers to fill in a survey of their students'
progress,

3. We ask parents to fill in a survey of their children's
progress satisfaction, accomplishments and difficulties.

4. Receive feedback from the children themselves.

We also measure how many pages were read annually, with the
number rising from year to year. Some of this is due to rising number of
participants, some due to the skill of reading at which many are starting since
they are returning readers, who benefited from previous years' reading. Close
to 140,000 pages were read in the course of Readathon 2017.

The program has been very successful with more children reading
and more pages per participant read each year. While monitoring the books the
children are reading, we see how in the course of just five weeks, no matter
where they started, they move from easier to more difficult books. And that is
the bottom line telling us that the Readathon is very successful!

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A.H.A.V.A. Readathon 2018

About

The Readathon is a 5 week long reading contest for Israeli children in grades 1st-8th. Participants are encouraged to read and update their pages on an online form to advance through the Readathon levels. In the course of the Readathon schools with participants receive small libraries of English books.

An Award Ceremony is held where we celebrate the readers' achievements with a show and awards to all the outstanding readers. All participants receive a free book of their choice and a selection of prizes commensurate to the level they reached. (Readathoner, Bookworm, Book-a-holic, Super
Reader
) The school with the most pages read receives a set of books for its English library.


Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

With English being the global language of communication in the arts, sciences, diplomacy, business, medicine, research, education etc.. it is necessary for everyone today to be able to read and understand English at a very high level in order to be have a career of just about any sort. This is true in Israel, despite Hebrew being the national spoken language.

The purpose of the Readathon is to encourage young children to read as much as possible. The Readathon is aimed at children for whom English is a second language as well as at those for whom it is a language spoken at home. In both groups the children are not as fluent in the language as they would be in a country where English is surrounding them. For both groups it is necessary to put effort into English reading and therefore our Readathon encourages them to read despite the extra required effort.




Back to Top

Program Description

We have been running a 5 week long reading contest – the Readathon - for Israeli children in grades 1st-8th for the past 12 years. For them English is either a foreign language or spoken only at home. In both groups the children are not as fluent in the language as they would be in a country where English is the spoken language. For all of them, it is necessary to put effort into English reading and therefore our Readathon encourages them to read despite the extra required effort.

Beneficiaries will be the readers who will find not only their English reading improving, but also their vocabulary and ability to speak and communicate in English. Since this is open to all children from Grades 1-8, it is a community wide event.

Many schools will find that their students will be scoring higher on the nation wide English exams after their participation in the Readathon. With English being the global language of communication in the arts, sciences, diplomacy, business, medicine, research, education etc.. it is necessary for everyone today to be able to read and understand English at a very high level in order to be have a career of just about any sort.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

Many children is Israel complete their elementary school education barely knowing English. Among high school graduates slightly more than 50% take the English matriculation exam.

While some children in Israel come from families where parents can afford a weekly tutor so that they will succeed in the exam, our participants typically come from large and low income families where this would be financially impossible.

The Readathon is a great tool that gives our participants a boost and measurably raises their reading level. It provides them with capability towards future independent progress in English and ultimately in a professional career, thus enabling them to break the cycle of poverty.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

In all of our past surveys teachers, parents and even the children themselves indicated that the best part of the Readathon was the improvement of their English reading and comprehension skills. From the Readathon 2016 survey 54% of parents and participants told us that the best part of the Readathon was the improvement of the participants' English. 100% said that their English improved.

Here are merely two typical comments from satisfied parents of participants after the Readathon:

- "My daughter couldn't read English before the Readathon. Now she reads all the time. Not only books -the signs on the road, packages of food. That is the real prize from the Readathon! "

- "We know that you are responsible for a significant part in Tikvah's [hearing impaired Readathon participant] improvement. Thank you for the opportunity to join the Readathon and the experience you've gifted Tikvah."

It is hard to measure the most notable accomplishment since each year from tens of parents, teachers, students how much they gained and how much their reading has improved.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

1. We see how many books and what level books each children read. (On our online site.)

2. We ask teachers to fill in a survey of their students' progress,

3. We ask parents to fill in a survey of their children's progress satisfaction, accomplishments and difficulties.

4. Receive feedback from the children themselves.

We also measure how many pages were read annually, with the number rising from year to year. Some of this is due to rising number of participants, some due to the skill of reading at which many are starting since they are returning readers, who benefited from previous years' reading. Close to 140,000 pages were read in the course of Readathon 2017.

The program has been very successful with more children reading and more pages per participant read each year. While monitoring the books the children are reading, we see how in the course of just five weeks, no matter where they started, they move from easier to more difficult books. And that is the bottom line.

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