The Team

We are a team of experienced and dedicated TAU faculty members who teach foreign languages at all levels, as well as international graduate students who have tutored in diverse global settings.

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Barbara Lewitzke

English and Spanish

Barbara is both an English and Spanish tutor with nearly ten years of teaching experience. She has a BA in Spanish and French Language and Literature from the University of Hawaii, a BA in Arabic and Islamic studies from the Universidad de Sevilla, and an MA in Conflict Resolution from TAU. She has worked with students from all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced, as well as with students preparing for official exams such as Cambridge, IELTS, Trinity, and TOEFL. Barbara was born and grew up in the United States. As a young adult she moved to Spain where she lived in the southern city of Sevilla for 8 years. Currently she has been living in Tel Aviv for the past year.

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Fede Jano

English and Spanish

Federico (Fede) Jano is presently studying in the MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at Tel Aviv University and holds a BA in Social Communication from the University of Uruguay. He teaches English at the SchoolHouse, where education for refugees and asylum seekers is provided. He is a Spanish native speaker and speaks English fluently. Fede has also worked with the “Dream Doctors Project” - a medical clowning organization that works across the country. 

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Dr. Nathalie Sorlovich

English

Dr. Nathalie Sorlovich teaches English in the Division of Languages at Tel Aviv University. She received her M.A. in English Language and Philology and TEFL Certification from I. Chavchavadze Tbilisi State University of Language and Culture and her Ph.D. in Philology and Translation Theory from I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. A multilingual fluent in English, Russian, Georgian and Hebrew, she has experience in teaching EFL and EAP at Israeli universities and colleges, translation in the fields of medicine and ecology and interpretation in cultural exchange programs.

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Dr. Esther Lopatin

English

Dr. Esther Lopatin teaches English in the Division of Languages at Tel Aviv University, and is fluent in English, German and Hebrew. She taught classes in Political Science and academic writing for several years at George Washington University (GWU) at Washington DC. She

was a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University, and prior to that was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC, where she provided policy advice on transatlantic

cooperation. Dr. Lopatin has served as a thesis advisor for many Master and Ph.D students, providing advice not only on their research but how to apply for fellowships and graduate

schools abroad.

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Dr. Aviva Soesman

English

Aviva Soesman holds a BA in English Linguistics and General History from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; an MA in TEFL from Tel Aviv University; and a PhD in English Linguistics from Bar Ilan University. She has taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the Division of Foreign Languages at Tel Aviv University since 1992. She also has experience teaching EAP, Business English and Legal English in other institutions of higher education. A multilingual with knowledge of Dutch, English, Hebrew, German, French, Russian and more, she has taught students from numerous linguistic backgrounds. She has researched codeswitching (the use of two or more languages within or between sentences) and has lectured on the topic in Israel and abroad.

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Meggie Kaplan

English, French, and Turkish

Meggie Kaplan teaches English at Tel Aviv University in the Division of Languages. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in expressive art therapies.  A multilingual fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Turkish, she has a combined experience of 20 years in teaching languages at different Israeli universities and translating material related to the geopolitics of the Middle East for the US government.  She has a vast array of interests including music, plastic and fiber arts, antiques, education and more.  

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Barbara Lewitzke

English and Spanish

Barbara is both an English and Spanish tutor with nearly ten years of teaching experience. She has a BA in Spanish and French Language and Literature from the University of Hawaii, a BA in Arabic and Islamic studies from the Universidad de Sevilla, and an MA in Conflict Resolution from TAU. She has worked with students from all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced, as well as with students preparing for official exams such as Cambridge, IELTS, Trinity, and TOEFL. Barbara was born and grew up in the United States. As a young adult she moved to Spain where she lived in the southern city of Sevilla for 8 years. Currently she has been living in Tel Aviv for the past year.

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Fede Jano

English and Spanish

Federico (Fede) Jano is presently studying in the MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at Tel Aviv University and holds a BA in Social Communication from the University of Uruguay. He teaches English at the SchoolHouse, where education for refugees and asylum seekers is provided. He is a Spanish native speaker and speaks English fluently. Fede has also worked with the “Dream Doctors Project” - a medical clowning organization that works across the country. 

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Dr. Nathalie Sorlovich

English

Dr. Nathalie Sorlovich teaches English in the Division of Languages at Tel Aviv University. She received her M.A. in English Language and Philology and TEFL Certification from I. Chavchavadze Tbilisi State University of Language and Culture and her Ph.D. in Philology and Translation Theory from I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. A multilingual fluent in English, Russian, Georgian and Hebrew, she has experience in teaching EFL and EAP at Israeli universities and colleges, translation in the fields of medicine and ecology and interpretation in cultural exchange programs.

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Dr. Esther Lopatin

English

Dr. Esther Lopatin teaches English in the Division of Languages at Tel Aviv University, and is fluent in English, German and Hebrew. She taught classes in Political Science and academic writing for several years at George Washington University (GWU) at Washington DC. She

was a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University, and prior to that was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC, where she provided policy advice on transatlantic

cooperation. Dr. Lopatin has served as a thesis advisor for many Master and Ph.D students, providing advice not only on their research but how to apply for fellowships and graduate

schools abroad.

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Dr. Aviva Soesman

English

Aviva Soesman holds a BA in English Linguistics and General History from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; an MA in TEFL from Tel Aviv University; and a PhD in English Linguistics from Bar Ilan University. She has taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the Division of Foreign Languages at Tel Aviv University since 1992. She also has experience teaching EAP, Business English and Legal English in other institutions of higher education. A multilingual with knowledge of Dutch, English, Hebrew, German, French, Russian and more, she has taught students from numerous linguistic backgrounds. She has researched codeswitching (the use of two or more languages within or between sentences) and has lectured on the topic in Israel and abroad.

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Meggie Kaplan

English, French, and Turkish

Meggie Kaplan teaches English at Tel Aviv University in the Division of Languages. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in expressive art therapies.  A multilingual fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Turkish, she has a combined experience of 20 years in teaching languages at different Israeli universities and translating material related to the geopolitics of the Middle East for the US government.  She has a vast array of interests including music, plastic and fiber arts, antiques, education and more.  

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Barbara Lewitzke

English and Spanish

Barbara is both an English and Spanish tutor with nearly ten years of teaching experience. She has a BA in Spanish and French Language and Literature from the University of Hawaii, a BA in Arabic and Islamic studies from the Universidad de Sevilla, and an MA in Conflict Resolution from TAU. She has worked with students from all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced, as well as with students preparing for official exams such as Cambridge, IELTS, Trinity, and TOEFL. Barbara was born and grew up in the United States. As a young adult she moved to Spain where she lived in the southern city of Sevilla for 8 years. She is currently living in Tel Aviv.

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Fede Jano

English and Spanish

Federico (Fede) Jano holds an MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the International Program at Tel Aviv University and a BA in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Uruguay. He also teaches at the Technion where he works with undergraduate students of Engineering. Fede also works with special needs students at the Technion. He is a Spanish native speaker and speaks English fluently. In the past, Fede performed as a medical clown alongside the “Dream Doctors Project” - a medical clowning organization that works throughout Israel.

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Dr. Nathalie Sorlovich

English

Dr. Nathalie Sorlovich teaches English in the Division of Languages at Tel Aviv University. She received her M.A. in English Language and Philology and TEFL Certification from I. Chavchavadze Tbilisi State University of Language and Culture and her Ph.D. in Philology and Translation Theory from I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. A multilingual fluent in English, Russian, Georgian and Hebrew, she has experience in teaching EFL and EAP at Israeli universities and colleges, translation in the fields of medicine and ecology and interpretation in cultural exchange programs.

Dr. Esther Lopatin

English

Dr. Esther Lopatin teaches English in the Division of Languages at Tel Aviv University, and is fluent in English, German and Hebrew. She taught classes in Political Science and academic writing for several years at George Washington University (GWU) at Washington DC. She

was a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University, and prior to that was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC, where she provided policy advice on transatlantic

cooperation. Dr. Lopatin has served as a thesis advisor for many Master and Ph.D students, providing advice not only on their research but how to apply for fellowships and graduate

schools abroad.

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Dr. Aviva Soesman

English

Aviva Soesman holds a BA in English Linguistics and General History from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; an MA in TEFL from Tel Aviv University; and a PhD in English Linguistics from Bar Ilan University. She has taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the Division of Foreign Languages at Tel Aviv University since 1992. She also has experience teaching EAP, Business English and Legal English in other institutions of higher education. A multilingual with knowledge of Dutch, English, Hebrew, German, French, Russian and more, she has taught students from numerous linguistic backgrounds. She has researched codeswitching (the use of two or more languages within or between sentences) and has lectured on the topic in Israel and abroad.

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Meggie Kaplan

English, French, and Turkish

Meggie Kaplan teaches English at Tel Aviv University in the Division of Languages. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in expressive art therapies.  A multilingual fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Turkish, she has a combined experience of 20 years in teaching languages at different Israeli universities and translating material related to the geopolitics of the Middle East for the US government.  She has a vast array of interests including music, plastic and fiber arts, antiques, education and more.  

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Hadas Marcus

English 

Hadas Marcus graduated with an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 1981.  She has been an EAP instructor (English for Academic Purposes) in the Division of Foreign Languages at Tel Aviv University since the early 80s and she also teaches at Oranim College of Education. She focuses mainly on literature/art/cinema of the environment (ecocriticism), animal rights, environmental studies and social justice.  She is an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and a frequent speaker at international conferences who publishes in academic journals.

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Dr. Inbar Kaminsky
English

Dr. Inbar Kaminsky is an English language teacher and also teaches digital culture and literature in Tel Aviv University’s International BA in Liberal Arts and The Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Tel Aviv University and has published peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters in the fields of Jewish-American literature, science fiction and post-9/11 narratives.

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Michal Kirschner
English

Michal Kirschner holds a BA and MA in English Linguistics as well as a Teaching Certificate in English as a Foreign Language from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She developed course materials and taught many specialized courses for academic purposes at Tel Aviv University for 20 years as well as in other academic institutions. In addition to publishing articles in prominent journals related to language teaching, she developed e-learning and training materials in various commercial high-tech companies. She is also an experienced technical writer and editor for academic publications. She is currently teaching a writing course for PhD Education students.

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Yael Bright
English

Yael is currently pursuing a B.A. in Literature at Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Creative Writing at Columbia University through the Columbia-Tel Aviv Dual Degree Program. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Yael has a fond admiration for culture and years of experience teaching various ages and levels in English, American Sign Language, and Hebrew. She has served as a Writing Peer tutor, blog editor, Hebrew Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, and American Sign Language Specialist. Yael’s vast variety of interests range from playing bassoon, oil painting, poetry, environmentalism, and drinking too much coffee. She looks forward to working with students and simultaneously learning alongside them!

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Sam Elkin

English and Spanish

Sam holds an MA in Anthropology from Leiden University, Holland, a BA (Hons) in Latin American and Hispanic studies from the University of Liverpool, and a postgraduate teaching certificate (PGCE) in modern languages.  Originally from the UK he has lived and worked abroad in many countries; he has studied tribes in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, climbed the Himalayas in India, and trekked in the Sahara Desert.  Professionally, he has taught Academic English and English for Specific Purposes in universities and institutions in the UK, Europe, and further abroad including work at the University of Sheffield, the International Criminal Court in the Hague, and the British Council.  In addition to teaching English, Spanish and Portuguese, Sam has experience developing courses and educational materials and has created and delivered pre-sessional courses in collaboration with top UK universities.  Sam’s academic interests are broad-ranging from Latin American and Spanish literature to indigenous rights in the Amazon, inherited and synthetic memory, and museum representations of Jewish identity.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing music, hiking, drawing, and cooking.  

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Dr. Marina Mash

English, Spanish, and Russian

Marina Mash holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Linguistics and Philology from Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (Moscow) as well as an MA in Russian as a Foreign Language, and a MA in Spanish Translation Studies. Marina also holds a specialist degree in English Translation Studies from Lomonosov Moscow State University.  In addition to her experience teaching English,  Spanish, and Russian, Marina has over 10 years of experience in journalism,  during which she covered international agendas in Spanish and English.