Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Karin DeJonge-Kannan

Abstract

This portfolio is an amalgam of the author’s teaching philosophy which is deeply rooted in the theoretical foundations of second language teaching pedagogy, and further honed through firsthand teaching and observation experiences garnered during the course of his MSLT program. The target languages focused on in this portfolio are English and Japanese.

The primary components of this portfolio are: 1) the author’s teaching philosophy statement (TPS), 2) language, literacy, cultural, and research strand artifacts, 3) annotated bibliographies, and 4) target language lesson plans developed and taught by the author which bring key concepts in the TPS and artifacts to fruition (included as appendices). The author stresses four vital ingredients in effective second language teaching programs including: 1) cultivating motivation, 2) embracing the communicative approach, 3) utilizing culturally relevant authentic materials, and 4) integrating technology.

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