Americans sought to chat online with Israeli English teachers


The English Speaking Residents Association (ESRA) in Israel is working with the Israeli Ministry of Education to provide the country’s English teachers with an opportunity to practice their English-speaking skills by talking with Americans.

The initiative is in response to a great need for Israeli English teachers to have opportunities to improve their own English conversational skills.

No teaching experience is necessary to volunteer for “ESRA Teacher Chat.” Volunteers commit to 15 weekly sessions of 30-40 minutes on Zoom or WhatsApp with an Israeli teacher of English who has registered for the program. The sessions are one-on-one, and ESRA provides talking points, conversation ideas and more to create a friendly, supportive environment for the chats.  Interest in the program has been huge among English teachers in Israel.

ESRA was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit volunteer organization, and is Israel’s largest English-speaking community network.

An orientation session for volunteers will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. and the actual chats will begin at the end of October.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register at

For more information,  contact Larry Katz at