Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Karin de Jonge-Kannan

Abstract

This portfolio is a collection of the author's beliefs and concepts learned at the MSLT program about teaching second and foreign languages. This portfolio includes a teaching philosophy, three artifacts, two annotated bibliographies, reflecting the author's understanding and ideas regarding the role of teachers and students in the classroom as well as factors which affect second language acquisition. The teaching philosophy emphasizes how teachers provide students tools for real-life challenges by creating a contextualized learning environment and filling up the classroom with comprehensible input and target language through task-based activities to engage learning in the classroom. In addition, teachers are to provide stress-free, respectful and culture-rich environment for students to learn. Such learning environments motivate and enable students to know how, when and why to say what to whom (ACTFL, 2015).

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