Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Karin deJonge-Kannan

Abstract

This portfolio is the culmination of various writings reflecting the author’s beliefs and ideas on effective second language teaching. The first section includes the author’s teaching philosophy, which emphasizes communicative learning, remaining in the target language, intercultural and pragmatic competence, and using the standards for foreign language learning. The second section includes three artifacts: the first demonstrates the application of concept-based instruction according to sociocultural theory to introduce cultural concepts to Arabic language learners. The second artifact addresses the role of teacher discourse in Dual Language Immersion programs. The third artifact is a literature review and lesson plan regarding refusals in Arab culture. Finally, the portfolio ends with three annotated bibliographies supporting the author’s perspective and teaching philosophy, including the role of translation in Arabic language learning, communicative teaching in different contexts, and reading anxiety in foreign language learning.

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