Decoding is the first step in learning to read.

Students learn to sound out printed letters by rote, and then what? 

According to Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College, students need something meaningful to do with their new decoding skills. That's the key to success learning a second language, regardless of whether decoding happens in first grade, third grade, or later.

Maiben explains in our video series about effective Hebrew learning strategies.

Some thoughts about what kind of Hebrew sets up new readers for success will be the topic of the next video installment, coming December 4.