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Surge in those applying to teach in Israel

Despite the Covid pandemic, there were more applications than ever to teach this year on TALMA, the Israel Program for Excellence in English, according to the Jerusalem Post.

TALMA offers a three-week immersive English course to elementary-aged children during the Israeli school summer holidays for five days a week (Sunday to Thursday), taught by a two-teacher team. One is American, one Israeli, each bringing their country’s teaching practices to students from a mix of socio-economic backgrounds.

In previous years, applications have hovered around 600-1,000, but 2021 saw a leap in applicants from the Jewish diaspora in America and over 2,000 were taken on. A substantial number of these teachers end up immigrating to Israel, says TALMA CEO Alon Futterman. “We are proud that, despite the corona, 40% of the TALMA teachers in the past school year decided to immigrate to Israel and continue to teach in schools full time as Israelis,” he told the newspaper.

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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