Israeli schoolchildren learn English through opera
As part of the new emphasis being placed on English-language studies, Segev added, children in Yeruham are now being exposed to English from as early as preschool. They are also being monitored throughout their school years to make sure they don’t fall behind, and administrators are being encouraged to expose children to English outside the classroom.
“This year, as part of this experiential element, we decided to bring the Light Opera Group to our town,” he said. “We thought it would also provide an opportunity to expose the community to an element of culture we don’t usually get here.”
The performance, scheduled for March 7, will be open not only to schoolchildren but to their families as well, he said. The municipality has paid for all the tickets in advance and will be charging those attending only a small token fee.
The show will open in Be’er Sheva on February 14, and is also scheduled to play in Haifa, Modi’in, Netanya, Petah Tikva and Jerusalem.
LOGON typically performs its shows around the country in larger cities where there are concentrations of English-speaking residents.
By Judy Maltz