Dr. Susan Holzman



Studies and Training

1967-BA: Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois, USA)

Major: Literature

Teaching certification, High School English


1986- MA: Bar Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel)

Applied Linguistics (English)

Thesis: The Integration of Semantic and Structural Information in Narrative Comprehension  [Wolf, Y., Walters, J., & Holzman, S. (1989). Integration of semantics and structural constraints in narrative comprehension. Discourse Processes 12, 149-167]

I investigated the influence of semantics and syntax on first language reading comprehension.


2000- Ph.D.: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA)

Rhetoric and Linguistics

Dissertation: Reading English as a Foreign Language with an Electronic Dictionary: An Exploratory Study of the processes of L2 Classroom reading be L1 Hebrew Speaking College Students in Israel [UMI Number: 9968464]

I investigated electronic dictionary use in English for academic purposes foreign language classroom reading.  I conducted a survey using a questionnaire and also collected data by video filming individuals reading a text and using an electronic dictionary.


Israeli Teaching License-1975

Israeli Teaching Certificate-1991


Program Chair Second International Conference on Academic Writing

July 31st-August 2nd, 2012 at Mofet, Tel Aviv

( www.ifaw.macam.ac.il )

Program Chair First International Conference on Academic Writing


Regional Representative for Israel: Asia Tefl  (http://www.asiatefl.org/ )

2005 -present


Chairperson, English Teachers' Association of Israel (ETAI)


Member of the Board -ETAI- 16 years

2000-appointed National Secretary

2001- Responsible for the program for the summer conference (900 teachers attending a two day conference in Jerusalem)

Initiated and edited ETAI Journal     - 9 years


Member of the English Advisory Committee, Ministry of Education.2004-2006


Member of the Steering Committee of Isra-TESOL-8 years


Founding member of Mofet Forum [English for Academic Purposes] 1991-2000

Served on the committee which wrote the National Curriculum for English for Academic Purposes Departments, published June 1999                                     


Administrative Positions

Pedagogical Center [Pisga] Taibe (Taibe, Israel) English Specialist [In charge of organizing in-service teacher training] 2003-2006


Levinsky College (Tel Aviv, Israel) Coordinator-English Academic Purposes Department 1993-1997


Seminar Shein (Petah Tikva, Israel) Coordinator-English Basic Studies Department           1988-1989

International Conference Presentations: Beginning 2003 (last 10 years)


Asia TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) 2005-present

11th Asia TEFL International Conference

Englishes Across Asian Contexts: Opportunities and Challenges

Manila, Philippines

October 26th-28th 2013

(Featured Speaker) Topic: Conditions for English Language learning in Israel


10th Asia TEFL International Conference

Expanding Horizons of Language and Communication: ELT Issues, Challenges and Implications

October 4th-6th 2012

New Delhi, India

Topic: English at the Tertiary Level in Israel


9th Asia TEFL International Conference

Teaching English In A Changing Asia: Challenges And Directions

July 27th-29th 2011

Seoul, Korea

Featured Speaker:

Topic: Secondary English Education in Israel: A HOTS Story

Symposium participant (National standardized exams) Topic: High School Exit Exams in Israel: Testing English Language Use


8th Asia TEFL International Conference

Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Creating and Sharing the Asian Framework of Practice

August 6th-8th 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam

Topic: Assessing English Teacher Trainees’ Oral Proficiency: An Emphasis On Accuracy


7th Asia TEFL International Conference

Creativity and Collaboration in English language Teaching and Learning in Asia

August 7th-9th 2009

Bangkok, Thailand

Topic: Accuracy Response to Future English Teachers: To Thine Own sELF Be True?


6th Asia TEFL International Conference

Globalizing Asia: The Role of ELT

August 1st-3rd 2008

Sanur Paradise Hotel, Bali, Indonesia

Topic: The Psychology of Writing: The Behaviorist Approach, The Cognitive Approach and Vygotsky


5th Asia Tefl International Conference

Empowering Asia: New Paradigms in English Language Education

June 8th-10th 2007

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Topic: A Genre-based Approach to L2 Writing


4th Asia Tefl International Conference

Spreading Our Wings: Meeting TEFL Challenges

August 18th-20th 2006

Seinian Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan

Topic: Formative Assessment of Error in Student Writing


3rd Asia TEFL International Conference

TEFL for Asia: Unity within Diversity

Nov. 4th-6th 2005

Beijing China

Topic: Bilingual Electronic Dictionaries: Bridges to Independent Foreign Language Reading




International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)


47th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

Liverpool, UK

April 8th-12th, 2013

Topic: Might an ELF Destroy our Standards?


42nd Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, UK

April 7th-11th 2008

Topic: ESL Composition Tales: Reflections on Teaching Writing


41st Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

Aberdeen, UK

April 18-22, 2007

Topic: Academic Writing Syllabi


39th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

Cardiff, Wales

April 5th-9th, 2005

Topic: The Psychology of Writing: The Behaviorist Approach, The Cognitive Approach and Vygotsky


38th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

Liverpool, UK

April 13th-17th, 2004

Topic: Correction Direction for Lexical Problems in Writing – The Dictionary!


37th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

Brighton, UK

April 22nd-26th, 2003

(Joint presentation with Ruwaida Abu Rass)

Teaching EFL in a Traditional Arab Classroom through Authentic Children’s Loterature


IATEFL Special Interest Group Conference

Recent Approaches to Teaching and Assessing Speaking

Famagusta, Cyprus

October 23-24, 2009.

Topic: Accuracy Is Not a *Four-Letter Word*: Assessing Teacher Trainees



3nd International IATEFL Annual Conference

August 5th-9th, 2005

Tonghua, China

Keynote Speaker: Vocabulary and Reading: Knowing, Guessing, and Looking It Up


2nd International IATEFL Annual Conference

Learning, Adapting, Communicating, Creating

Tonghua, China

May 23-28, 2004

Keynote Speaker: The Psychology of Writing: The Behaviorist Approach, The Cognitive Approach and Vygotsky


Other Conferences:

4th International Conference of the Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association

Colombo, Sri Lanka

August 4th - 6th, 2006

Featured Speaker: Reading and Vocabulary: Knowing, Guessing and Looking it Up



International Conferences in Israel

Israel Forum for Academic Writing (at Mofet)

Second International Conference

Academic Writing in a Changing World

July 31st-August 1st, 2012

Topic: Might an ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) Destroy our Standards?



English Teachers’ Association of Israel


July 13th-15th, 2010

Linking Through Language

Topic: Vocabulary and Reading



Holzman, S. 2008. Vocabulary: Knowing, Guessing and looking it up. In 2006

Conference proceedings, Sri Lankan English Language Teachers’ Association.


Holzman, S. (2008). English for academic purposes national curriculum: Teaching

and learning English in the teacher training colleges in Israel. in Choi, Y.H. & Spolsky, B. (eds.) ELT curriculum innovation and implementation in Asia. Asia TEFL Book Series.


Holzman, S. (2000). Reading English as a foreign language with an electronic dictionary: An exploratory study of the processes of classroom reading by l1 Hebrew speaking college students in Israel. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Dissertation SErvices


Holzman, S (2000) Words Fail me! (A Review of Dictionaries and lexical materials

            from Oxford University Press) TESOL Journal 9 (1), 42-43


Holzman, S (2000) Review: Dictionaries TESOL Journal 9 (1),  40-41.


Holzman, S. (1990). Teaching vocabulary awareness in reading comprehension.

            English Teachers’ Journal  (Israel) 40, 71-73.


Wolf, Y., Walters, J., & Holzman, S. (1989). Integration of semantics and structural

            constraints in narrative comprehension. Discourse Processes 12, 149-167.

Holzman, S. (2015). English in secondary education in Israel. in Sung, K. & Spolsky, B. (eds) Secondary school English education in Asia: from policy to practiceLondon: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, .17-32

Holzman, S. (2014a). Conditions for learning English in Israel. in Sung, K. & Spolsky, B. (eds) Conditions for English language teaching and learning in Asia. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 91-104.

Holzman, S (2014b) Might an ELF destroy our standards? in Proceedings of the 12th international Asia TEFL conference and 23rd MELTA international conference 2014, paper presented at  12th Asia TEFL and 23rd MELTA International Conference 28 – 30 August 2014: Developing Sustainable Quality in English Language Education:  Evolving Policies, Innovating Practices, Transforming Learning, Kuching, Sarawak, (52-58. Selangor, Malaysia: Malaysian English language teaching association.

Holzman, S. (2014c) Israel: English language teaching and development. In Malaysian English language teaching association: Malaysian English Language Association Annual. Selangor, Malaysia: Malaysian English language teaching association. 51-53




Professional activities:

I am presently serving as program chair for an international conference on academic writing: http://conference2016.macam.ac.il/

I am the representative for Israel on the Executive Council of Asia TEFL, an international organization of English teachers in Asia.

Freelance Editing

I work as a freelance editor. In addition to numerous academic articles, I have recently edited a number of books in the field of numismatics.

The Coins of Herod: A Modern Analysis and Die Classification (2011)

Gold Coin and Small Change: Monetary Circulation in Fifth-Seventh Century Byzantine Palestine (2012)

Small Change in Hellenistic-Roman Galilee. The Evidence from Numismatic Site Finds as a Tool for Historical Reconstruction (2015)

Material Culture and Cultural Identity: A Study of Greek and Roman Coins from Dora (2015)