Biblical Hebrew in Chinese: Fostering the Rethinking of Teaching Method through Language Defamiliarization

Bibliographic Information: 

Callaham, Scott. “Biblical Hebrew in Chinese: Fostering the Rethinking of Teaching Method through Language Defamiliarization.” Hebrew Higher Education 19 (2017).

Description:

Most teaching of Biblical Hebrew in universities and seminaries proceeds along fairly predictable lines, closely approximating the venerable Grammar-Translation tradition of classical language instruction. While a few recent textbooks have departed from this well-travelled path by advancing more inductive and communicative approaches to language acquisition, both these newer instructional practices and the familiar older ones assume a specifically Euro-American cultural and linguistic instructional milieu. The present study examines the teaching of Biblical Hebrew in Chinese through the lens of language defamiliarization, not only highlighting linguistic and cultural factors that differ markedly from those of Western teaching traditions, but also drawing out principles of Biblical Hebrew instruction that are applicable to all teaching contexts.

Publisher: 
National Association of Professors of Hebrew