Dr. Janina Kahn-Horwitz, is a senior lecturer at Oranim College of Education. She is chair of the Department of English Language and Literature.  She teaches in the undergraduate English Language and Literature Department as well as the graduate M.Ed. Language Learning program. Her research interests include individual differences in language learning, English as a foreign language reading and spelling development, cross-linguistic impact of first language and literacy on English, as well as teacher knowledge of English linguistic components. She has a B.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Haifa. Janina has always been involved in education, both informal and formal. She sees educators as agents of change, making a significant impact on society through self-example and mentoring.
References related to the abstract of her keynote:
Kahn-Horwitz, J. (2020). ‘I didn’t even know one of the conventions before’: Explicit EFL spelling instruction and individual differences. Cognitive Development, 55. From: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2020.100880
Kahn-Horwitz, J., Kuash, S., Ibrahim, R., & Schwartz, M. (2014). How do previously acquired languages affect acquisition of English as a foreign language: The case of Circassian. Written Language and Literacy, 17, 40-61. doi:10.1075/wll.17.1.03kah
Kahn-Horwitz, J., Shimron, J., & Sparks, R. L. (2006). Weak and strong novice readers of English as a foreign language: Effects of first language and socioeconomic status. Annals of Dyslexia, 56, 1, 161-186.
Vaisman, E. E., & Kahn-Horwitz, J. (2020). English foreign language teachers’ linguistic knowledge, beliefs and reported practices regarding reading and spelling instruction. Dyslexia, 26, 305-322. https://do.org/10.1002/dys.1608.