Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Joshua J. Thoms

Abstract

This portfolio is designed to share with the reader the author’s beliefs about a number of issues related to effective foreign language (FL) learning and teaching rooted in theoretical foundations of second language acquisition as well as provide insights about her own teaching and observation experiences per the requirements for her Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) program. The target languages focused on in this portfolio are FL Chinese and English.

Divided into three main parts, this portfolio addresses: 1) the author’s teaching philosophy; 2) language, literacy, and culture papers from research perspectives; and 3) annotated bibliographies that serve as additional records of the author’s learning while in the MSLT program. The language paper is a hypothetical study involving the technological application of Memrise in FL Chinese classrooms. The literacy paper is a description of a proposed study that examines the use and effects of digital storytelling on Chinese FL learners’ writing and speaking skills. Finally, the culture paper is a literature review that focuses on the impact of English and Chinese FL learners' identities on their learning.

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