Date of Award

12-2017

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Abdulkafi Albirini

Second Advisor

Karin De-Jonge Kannan

Third Advisor

Sarah Gordon

Abstract

This portfolio embeds the author’s perceptions and beliefs with regard to modern foreign/second language teaching and learning. The first section includes the author’s teaching philosophy, which presents the importance of the communicative language teaching (CLT) in a student-centered classroom, the role of grammar instruction in support of communication, and the effective use of technology in language teaching and learning. The second section consists of three research perspectives: the first reflects on the effective types of oral corrective feedback in language classes, while the second includes teaching French apologizing strategies to Iraqi-Arabic speakers, and the third investigates the use of Facebook to improve second language (L2) writing skills. The final section of this portfolio includes three annotated bibliographies highlighting contemporary scholarly work on three topics: enhancing student-centered instruction, using virtual worlds (VWs) to facilitate second language acquisition (SLA), and the matter of foreign language teaching in large classes.

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