Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante

Abstract

In this portfolio the author expresses his views of successful second language teaching. The author’s beliefs are centered on the teacher’s responsibility to provide an atmosphere in which students are presented material in an effective way, to offer students opportunities to engage with the language, and to understand the learners’ unique needs and interests. Also included in the portfolio are three artifacts which illustrate various teaching strategies the author has used to help create this atmosphere. The Culture Artifact explains the use of multimedia authentic texts to teach language and culture. The Language Artifact gives examples of how I have used sociocultural theory to teach abstract concepts, such as reflexive verbs and formal and informal pronoun use in an L2 class. The Literacy Artifact describes a proposed study to research how graphic novels impact internalization of the L2 in a Spanish as a foreign language class. The annotated bibliography covers the topics of culture, motivation, and feedback, which are running themes throughout the portfolio

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