Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante

Abstract

This portfolio demonstrates the author's beliefs about Spanish language instruction and learning. The first section contains the author's teaching philosophy, comparing teaching and learning to construction work and the four resultant roles a teacher must be able to fulfill in the classroom. The following section contains three artifacts in which the author further elaborates on her views. The language artifact discusses the role that self-reflection and peer-assessment play in teacher observation and how the author has applied this in the language classroom. The literacy artifact addresses the role that students' first language has in teaching biliteracy in the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) context. The cultural artifact outlines the use of telecollaboration for developing students' intercultural competence through technological communication and collaboration between partner classrooms. The portfolio concludes with a section of annotated bibliographies to demonstrate the author's growth throughout the program.

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