Ronit Engel


Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages

Hebrew Program Language Coordinator



Ronit Engel is a Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, where she has been coordinating and directing the Modern Hebrew Language Program since 1995. With degrees in Bible, Hebrew literature, Hebrew language, and Education from Tel Aviv University, Engel began her teaching career at the prestigious Lycee Alliance Israelite Universelle in Ramat Aviv before joining the faculty of Tel Aviv University's unit for Hebrew language instruction. While in Israel she developed special programs to prepare immigrant physicists and medical students to undertake advanced study in Hebrew. She also led special training seminars for teachers and directors in Israeli ulpanim on behalf of Israel's Ministry of Education.

In the United States Prof. Engel inaugurated the program in Hebrew language instruction at Franklin and Marshall College. She came to Penn in 1995 as a special consultant charged with revamping the Modern Hebrew Language Program. One year later she became Program Coordinator, introducing innovations that gained Penn recognition as a leader in Hebrew language instruction in North America. The program's reputation has brought her invitations to consult at universities as close as Princeton and McGill and as far away as Warsaw and Kyoto.

Prof. Engel's interest in foreign language pedagogy has made her an active member of the Penn Language Center, the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, and SCRIPT (the Israel Association for Academic Literacy). Each summer she takes part in curriculum development seminars at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, bringing back the latest developments in instruction to her Penn classroom.

Ronit Engel is a Lecturer in Foreign Languages and the Coordinator of the Modern Hebrew Language Program in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.


Readings from the Israeli Press and Academic Literature (tentative title). In preparation

Teaching Hebrew with Israeli Textbooks in American Universities (in Hebrew). Hebrew Higher Education, 2013.

Review of Foreigncy: Language Learning for Foreign Policy Nuts. Hebrew Higher Education 16 (2014).

Teaching Israeli Culture to Students of Hebrew Language in American Universities (in Hebrew). Hed HaUlpan 103 (2014).

“From Here to There”: Enrichment Materials for “Hebrew From Scratch”. Journal of Hebrew Higher Education 17 (2017).

'“HaPoal b'Peula”: The Hebrew verb for the Advanced Lerner', Jerusalem. Journal of Hebrew Higher Education (2018)