Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication
Joshua J. Thoms
This portfolio is a compilation of the author’s research-supported ideas on what good language teaching looks like. The central component is the teaching philosophy, in which the author explains that respect for individuality, use of technology, and use of culture as context for learning are the three elements seen as most important for successful language learning.
The teaching philosophy is supported by artifacts about peer feedback in language learning, literacy in adult English as a Second Language learners, and autonomy in culture learning. Finally, in three annotations the author branches out from the pillars of the teaching philosophy and examines place-based education, portfolio-based language assessment, and game-based learning and their relationships with the teaching philosophy.
Sims, Eric, "The Modern Language Classroom: Individuality, Technology, and Context" (2013). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. Paper 348.
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