Gil Pentzak is Ulpan Avi’s Director. He studied linguistics in the esteemed Linguistic and English Department of Bar Ilan University. Specializing in syntax, and in particular the spheres of ‘language and aging’ and ‘acquisition of a second language’, Gil later studied ‘3 in 1 concepts’. Intending originally to become a therapist, Gil focused on ‘therapy in education based learning difficulties’ and ‘linguistics and therapy’ before moving in to teaching Hebrew to adult students.
When talking about learning a second language, Gil readily admits that along with the teaching role there is also a bit of therapy involved in enabling people to speak Hebrew. In fact, it is this element of the process that he enjoys almost as much as the teaching itself.
“When I can encourage people to speak more their self-confidence grows and they feel generally better about every aspect of themselves. In that way I know that they will continue to speak Hebrew and improve all of their skills. The advantage of our one-to-one method is the unique relationship that is forged between the student and the teacher…… where not only teaching skills are honed, but also listening skills.”
Gil leads, trains, and supervises the group of highly qualified teachers at Ulpan Aviv.